This week, Planned Parenthood’s mailing list included an email from Judy Blume. Here’s a snippet:
If you are the daughter whose mom had the guts to give you the answers to questions you couldn’t quite figure out how to ask… If you know a mother who is struggling to raise strong, independent, and confident children in the face of unbelievable odds… Say thanks. Say thanks this Mother’s Day with a gift that honors her courage by making a donation to Planned Parenthood in her name.
Turns out, that call for donations to Planned Parenthood has angered anti-choicers because, in addition to providing general health care for women, some Planned Parenthood clinics offer abortion procedures and administer the morning after pill. PP representative Cecile Richards says that since writing the letter, Blume has been inundated with nasty phone calls, emails, and letters. I’m not surprised. This is the same woman who wrote Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret? and Forever — only to see copies yanked from school library bookshelves. Conservative religious groups didn’t approve of the book’s discussion of “mature” subjects, like menstruation and masturbation, or that she acknowledged that teenage girls experience sexual desire. So why would they be OK with Blume endorsing an organization that provides women with sex education, birth control, and medical procedures to which they are opposed? Also not surprising: the bullying tactics they’re using in an attempt to silence her. Unfortunately for them, Blume’s fans are spread far and wide and are loud and proud with their own message — no one f**ks with Judy Blume. [WowWowWow]