An Ireland-based pregnancy crisis center is under fire by pro-abortionists after sharing a Yankee Candle promotion on its Facebook page, encouraging followers to purchase a baby powder-scented candle.
The center in July shared the following image promoting the candle and wrote, "Stanton Healthcare would recommend to all crisis pregnancy centre's the new baby powder yankee [sic] candle. It smells just like a new born [sic] baby." The image's hashtags read, "lovelife," "lovebabies," "protectthemboth," and "loveyankeecandles."
Pro-abortionists came out in full force on the pro-life center's page, while they made their sentiments well known, a bevy of pro-life supporters flooded the comments section of the image with empowering, supportive messages for the crisis center.
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Some of the negative comments included, "This is absolutely disgusting... Very insensitive to women considering all the centre have posted is about 'empowering' women more like brainwashing. This operation needs shut down." Another comment read, "Disgracefully insensitive and shamefully distasteful advertising. What would the smell of baby powder do the help with a crisis pregnancy? Please remove this."
Other comments, which no longer appear on the organization's Facebook page, read, "Ridiculous and self-righteous so called pro-lifers [...] Why don't you help children that are already in the system instead of poking your noses into other people's vaginas? Bunch of hypocrites."
Many commenters added that the imagery was "manipulative and hurtful."
The positive comments, however, seemed to far outweigh the negative backlash.
One comment in particular read, "Stanton you are a brilliant hope for a progressive, compassionate society. Saving mothers and babies every day. The most fundamental human right is the right to life and you help uphold that human right. Thank you."
Another woman, clearly in support of the center, wrote, "So inspirational to see that we have a pro-life pregnancy centre here offering women a better answer than abortion. ... Keep saving lives Stanton."
Another even offered blessings on the organization for their work. The prayerful woman wrote, "Thank God for Stanton, vulnerable mothers are taken care of there, and wee babies have a good chance of life. God Bless the work that is being done and God bless all the mothers and unborn babies. Prayers offered always. Amen."
Public statements against the crisis center
About the center's use of the image, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service effectively told website Broadly that its "manipulation" of women in "incredibly desperate circumstances" was "cruel."
"Not only is this a rather cruel attempt to manipulate women who may be in incredibly desperate circumstances, it is also profoundly patronizing," spokesperson Katherine O'Brien said. "The majority of women who have an abortion are already mothers — they know perfectly well how a newborn baby smells, and the idea that any woman could be convinced to have a child by the mere presence of a scented candle is just insulting."
Further, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service tweeted about the incident, and said, "Their waiting rooms might now smell lovely, but their strategy reeks of desperation."
Their waiting rooms might now smell lovely, but their strategy reeks of desperation. https://t.co/pUiPGPtSXV
— bpas (@bpas1968) August 18, 2017
When contacted for comment about the controversy, Yankee Candle issued a statement to the website and said that they are, in no way, affiliated with the center.
"Yankee Candle is not affiliated with Stanton Healthcare Belfast. We are currently addressing the issue," a spokesperson for the company said.