Sunday, July 1, 2007

Why kick someone while she's down...

When you can just jump on her with both feet?

I've been thinking about taking up crochet again. I used to do it when I was a kid and may have a achieved granny-square proficiency. This time, I could get past that point, and one day, who knows, maybe even learn to knit.

So, in searching around knitting and crochet-related sites, I came upon Warm Up America, and remembered one of my friends was looking for some sort of crafty venture for people at church to do together. Great, I thought, and set out to see if I could find some additional possible recipients for our hand-crafted donations.

And then I happened on a link to Gifts for the Unborn. I tried to figure out what the name of this group might mean (teeny little hats and booties that a fetus wears inside the womb?) but when I got to the site, I realized that I while may be imaginative, but I never could've thought this up:

Gifts for the Unborn offers small gifts to mothers when they first test positive in a crisis pregnancy. The special gift package consists of a newborn infant's picture frame plus a care product (like a baby washcloth, bib, soap, lotion or shampoo) and a pair of baby booties or socks.

By placing all three gift items in a transparent plastic bag and presenting them to the women, we hope the moms might turn away from any thoughts of abortion after being touched by this simple, affirmative pro-life message.

So the whole point of this organization is to dissuade pregnant women from having abortions by giving them cute wee booties for cute wee little baby feet. How do they find these pregnant women and distribute these "gifts"? "[T]hrough more than 428 crisis pregnancy agencies." Of course--what better setting for an underhanded strategy like this? The website has the nerve to refer to this as a "subtle, positive approach."

As I found out from my research, there are organizations of knitters and crocheters (and sewers) who send scarves and hats and blankets and all manner of things to babies who've actually been born, and people having chemo, and homeless people, and kids in foster care... and the list goes on. Surely this type of cruel emotional manipulation is not the best way in which these folks can indulge their impulse to share their needlework with the less fortunate. Perhaps it might be helpful to sending these items to people who actually need and want them.