Back in November, we told you that an Orlando-based clinic was offering discounts on abortions that were performed on Sundays. Months later, the Orlando Women's Center is continuing this practice, with a new coupon that extends the invitation for $50 off a Sunday abortion through April 1, 2013 (unfortunately, although the deal ends on April Fool's Day, it isn't a joke).
Below, see the current ad that is active on the Orlando Women's Center's web site:
Recently, The Christian Post explored this issue, examining whether clinics like the Orlando Women's Center are purposely choosing a day on which many Americans attend churches to offer the disturbing discounts. According to the outlet, this day has been chosen in an effort to respond to church-led protests against abortion clinics that are sometimes held on Sunday afternoons.
According to Michael Martelli, executive director of the Maryland Coalition for Life, a group that opposes abortion, these Sunday discounts are commonplace. He also corroborates the notion that they are offered intentionally to combat Christian grievances with clinic operations and abortion in general.
"I don't think there is any coincidence...abortion facilities are facing increasing presence from Christians praying during business hours, and are having to change up their business hours to try to avoid the attention," he said.
Now, here's an even more surprising tidbit. Martelli also said that the practice of collecting funds to help others secure abortions is an increasing phenomenon. Take, for instance, the web site Fund Abortion Now, which helps women across the nation pay for the procedure. Here's a brief synopsis, in the group's own words, of its work to help "women and girls" secure abortions:
The National Network of Abortion Funds works to make sure that all women and girls can get the abortions they seek.
If you are a woman looking for help paying for an abortion, we are here today to help you get what you need. The 100+ local abortion funds in our organization help women pay for abortions they can’t otherwise afford.
If you are an activist with an abortion fund, we are here to make sure that you have all the tools you need to help the women in your community. We provide training, one-on-one support, and expertise.
So, in addition to Sunday discounts, there are also funds that help young girls and women obtain abortions. Let us know what you think about these developments in the comments section, below.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)