Kathryn Lopez

I'm encouraging all parents and teachers to read Judy Blume's latest writing. And I'm not alone. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, implores, "Please, let her know how much we appreciate her courage." That's where Richards and I diverge.

Judy Blume, author of "Superfudge" (a staple in most American schoolchildren's lives for decades now) has most recently penned a fundraising letter for Planned Parenthood for Mother's Day.

"Say thanks this Mother's Day with a gift that honors her courage by making a donation to Planned Parenthood in her name. I guarantee you that she'll be pleased. I know I would be," Blume writes.

Blume continues: "I'm a mom, and I'm also a writer and an activist. Nothing has made me prouder than seeing my own children -- and really, all young people -- grow up to be healthy, educated, and in charge of their bodies and their lives. That's where Planned Parenthood comes in. There is no organization that I know of that supports motherhood and all that it means more than Planned Parenthood. That's why I'm honoring moms everywhere with my gift to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund today."

Critics are accused of a lack of "compassion" by Richards. But a Mother's Day fundraiser for the single biggest abortion provider in the United States (subsidized by your tax dollars) is insulting, most especially to the women who are suffering because they rejected motherhood and know they ended a life in the process.

The Blume pitch for Planned Parenthood reminds me of something that happened last Mother's Day. In, perhaps, a misguided attempt at compassion, I wanted to highlight a web site called abortionchangesyou.com. But the founder of the site, Michaelene Fredenburg, talked me out of it. Unlike Planned Parenthood, I didn't have fundraising on my mind. I simply wanted mothers who were grieving a painful choice they made in their lives to be drawn to an online, anonymous place where they could discuss their feelings and seek more professional help if they chose to. But it's just too painful, Michaelene said. Every day is painful if you regret your abortion, but Mother's Day can be too painful. It's pain Fredenburg knows intimately. And so this year, here is Planned Parenthood and Judy Blume, exploiting the Hallmark holiday for political advocacy. For fundraising! And accusing others of lacking compassion all the while.


Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.