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Unemployment Fallout: Planned Parenthood Sells Gift Cards

Gift certificates and gift cards may seem like a risky investment because some newly bankrupt companies refuse to honor outstanding gift cards, but apparently there's an even more controversial gift option on the market this year. Planned Parenthood in Indiana is offering gift certificates for the first time ever. The organization said a big increase in calls and visits from newly unemployed and uninsured citizens prompted what it deems the "unusual, yet practical" gift option. The certificates can be purchased in denominations of $25 to $100 and can be used for contraceptives and care like $58 examinations that include breast exams and pap tests. Chrystal Struben-Hall, vice president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana says:

People are making really tough decisions about putting gas in their car and food on their table, so we know that many women especially put healthcare at the bottom of their list to do. . . . They really are intended for preventative healthcare. We decided not to put restrictions on the gift certificates so it's for whatever people feel they need the services for most.

A local TV news station asked if the gift certificates could be used toward abortions. Planned Parenthood said yes, but that's not the purpose. The Indiana Family Institute president said he is "appalled" by the certificates. What do you think of the move?


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Michelann Michelann 8 years
MSucre, I was not being sarcastic when I called sex 'recreational'. Unless you're trying to have a child, sex is definitely recreational. And if you're doing it just for fun, you'd better be responsible about it. I don't think that's an unreasonable expectation.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I have to agree with UNDAVE here.
True (as in true/false, not just saying your name at the beginning of the post), there are men who are rather educated on women's health. However, they are not on here arguing against a woman's access to yearly exams, or healthcare, based on how much money they have. I don't know if I get more offended when people want to take away women's right, or when they think people without money to afford healthcare, deserve to suffer.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>It would be hard to know all the requirements of women's health when you have no uterus and you are not a healh professional. I've just never been on board with any kind of this-hasn't-happened-to-you-so-you-don't-get-an-opinion reasoning. I have never been killed, but I'm anti-murder. There are men who are more educated about women's health than some women. Now, I don't think Dave is one of them, but that's not just because he's a man. (Not trying to dis you Dave, I just remember you saying your wife is the one who does the research on BC in your family.)
Thank you blues. It would be hard to know all the requirements of women's health when you have no uterus and you are not a healh professional. There is a growing number of women having to have their ovaries removed in their early 20s, if they make it that far, because of health issues. This happens to be a prime age that people are without health insurance, because it is a transitional time in your life. Is it really your mission to make these ladies suffer with the pain, because you don't think Planned Parenthood should sell gift cards for exams to see what's wrong, because some may be used for abortions? Or, hey, if you aren't rich, you deserve to suffer, so who cares if you get your yearly exam. It's your fault for not making enough money! Duh, all poor people deserve to die because they can't afford adequate healthcare. That's what America is all about...
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I would like to bring up the point that even if you're not sexually active, you should still be getting a yearly exam.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"UnDave you really want to compare buying a car with paying for medical exams? You need to go to the clue store and get a clue! Let's talk about something other than an exam, like birth control for example. Or do you think that the poor people who can't afford it shouldn't be able to have sex. Actually... you might like that more! And the whole point of this story is referring to the UNEMPLOYED who have little or NO "budget" to save or spend for that matter!" Yes, I would compare the purchase of a car to healthcare. If you can't afford the insurance, how do you plan on paying for it? If you're going to choose to have sex, you need to either have the insurance to pay for these exams, or you need to budget for the exams. How does that not make any sense to you? "What are you getting your mom for Christmas? A sweater? Why can't she afford her own sweater? I don't mind helping people but I have a difficult time buying sweaters for people who refuse to buy sweaters from themselves." Ummm, two things: 1) I don't buy presents based on their need, but what they would like. 2) My mom died 6 years ago, so I don't buy her presents anymore.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
My (sorta) sister in law bought me a HUGE economy sized Costco box of condoms for Christmas when I was in my barely 20's. Total and complete mortification. But I still used them. Every last one of them. Took about a week :howyoudoin: I wouldn't put it past her to buy these gift certificates. If she gave them to me...I'd accept them (and use them) just as I did those condoms. Especially if I was in a situation where health insurance wasn't an option.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I think this may take off depending on how people view the gift. Family members or SO may not want to just buy the gift certificates it may also be donors or volunteers may want to buy gift certificates for individuals. This reminds me of the light and gas companies here that ask you to donate extra money that can be included when you pay your light or gas bill or to buy gift certificates for families that can't afford their bill. I thought to myself, should I donate and even asked a friend who thought I was crazy because she asked what if I was sponsoring a drug house or a drug addict. You know what I thought, I thought about the winters when my family didn't have hot water or heat in Chicago when moved here and it was cold and not comfortable. I decided to start donating b/c if I could make a difference in one person's life that is better. Even if it's a drug house or a drug addict it may be kids there that may benefit from the lights or gas being on.
MSucre MSucre 8 years
TS, raising kids is subsidized by the government, but it's a much smaller burdern on everyone if people are able to afford PLANNED parenthood!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
:lol: Some of the comments are spot on - glad people never change up and always have the same ideas.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Huh? Raising kids is definitely government subsidized. It shouldn't be, but that's another matter...
MSucre MSucre 8 years
Michelin, I think that it's slightly out of touch to think that poor people should just refrain from having sex. Not even mentioning the ethical implications of that statement, what about practically speaking? Between two options: 1) providing low cost birth control for women who can't afford it and 2) insisting that poor women refrain from having sex... which do you think would be the most effective in curbing unwanted or economically unfeasible pregnancies? That's funny that you sarcastically referred to sex as "recreational." What the heck else would it be? haha. Unless you think that everytime a person makes love with her husband she should be expecting to have another child. And it's interesting how you assume that the poor people who can't afford BC are precisely the ones who would be engaging in what you call "recreational sex." Hate to break it to you, but there are plenty of married couples who are finding it hard to pay the prescription bills this year. I think we all agree that it is irresponsible to have unprotected sex when you are not in a position to support a child. But the cost of birth control is something easily subsidized by the state or PP, where as raising a real-live human being is not!
laurelm laurelm 8 years
Its weird, that is all I can think of to say. I doubt these will be a huge seller or anything.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
We need public healthcare because you can't "imagine" having to be responsible for your own health? Or because you're "spoiled"?
gigill gigill 8 years
And this is why the USA needs public healthcare. I can't imagine having to think about things like budgeting for basic things like a pelvic exam! I was spoiled when I lived in the UK and received free birth control. It was great!
Michelann Michelann 8 years
"Or do you think that the poor people who can't afford it shouldn't be able to have sex. Actually... you might like that more!" Why on earth would it be acceptable for somebody who can't even afford birth control to take the risk of having a child (which they definitely couldn't afford)? If you want to have recreational sex, you'd better be able to afford the birth control. Do I think they "should be able to have sex"? Well, I'm not sure who would stop them, but it would be seriously irresponsible to have sex without protection when you can't afford a child. And True Song, the analogy was pretty poor. A 'drug dealer' and a 'pharmacist' are not the same thing. And abortion is an abortion.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
True-Song True-Song 8 years agree with what OOm saying, just not how I say it? Because I'm now both ridiculous and asinine? Whatever, lady.
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Gosh...I'm spinning, I have been "duly" noted, and I am ranting. It must be that time of the month! :bananana:
foxie foxie 8 years
Wow fuzzles, I didn't even say anything about abortions being wrong or about "taking away options." Way to put a big, giant spin on what I DID say. I'm not even pro-life, but your rant has been duly noted. TS- Yes, for right or wrong, when people hear "Planned Parenthood," they will think of abortions. Because they perform abortions. It's not a secret, it's not wrong to point out. Once again, I don't think anyone here is saying that's all they do, and I don't have a problem with you pointing out their other services. I just have a problem with the attitude and asinine analogy.
I just remembered something! The $70 quote I gave for the exam is wrong. I was thinking of when I payed $70 to have my exam when I had insurance. I have not had to pay anymore than $26 for my exam when I was without insurance, thanks to PP.
It must be nice to have been so rich your entire life that you haven't had to worry about money. It must be nice to never have been extremely ill, but unable to afford going to a doctor for antibiotics, because you don't have the money to pay (can't exactly budget for an unexpected illness). It must've been great to not be taken off of your parent's insurance plan and left to figure out how you are going to pay for a yearly exam, and monthly birth control at 18 or 19(which without insurance is atleast $70 for the exam and $30/ month for BC (for those of you who balk at women not being able to afford, but have no idea as to the cost)). It must be wonderful to be a MAN and never have to worry about having to pay for a yearly exam, because you have NO UTERUS!! A man's opinion on abortion, birth control, or PP funding should not have the power to strip away women's rights. Why, exactly, is that you care so much about taking away a woman's access to healthcare? Is it because, as a man, you feel superior to women? I know the answer to this question...
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Foxie, Really? Get over such a private decision? I have known a few people that have had to make that CHOICE. One woman was raped, another gang raped while people just watched and didn't help, a former boyfriend who found himself with his former partner in a situation that, beyond all of their prevention efforts, resulted in an unplanned pregnancy, and yet another who gave her child up for adoption. Who am I, or you, to take away options based on personal beliefs? Each and every person I know was faced with very hard choices that WILL ALWAYS be a part of them for life. They should be able to take in their options and make their OWN CHOICES for what is best for their particular situation. PP offers an option, not a solution. And I feel that should be protected.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
sweet! i'm going to ask for some!! I think that the complainers are just jealous because your gynecologist doesn't offer gift cards. nv27: no, planned parenthood is not free; it is just cheaper for uninsured people. (My b.c. is $15/month)
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