Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Bunch of dougnuts

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The anti-abortion movement rarely does itself any favours, does it? On few occasions has this been better illustrated than by this absurd story about how Krispy Kreme doughnuts ended up being accused of covertly promoting abortion after they innocently offered customers a free doughnut to celebrate the inauguration of Barack Obama.

So how did this happen? Well, Krispy Kreme made the mistake of using the word "choice" as part of its offer in the following sense:
"Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. (NYSE: KKD) is honoring American's sense of pride and freedom of choice on Inauguration Day, by offering a free doughnut of choice to every customer on this historic day."
Apparently, and this may be news to pretty much everyone, you can't use that word any more, as the American Life League kindly explained:
The unfortunate reality of a post Roe v. Wade America is that "choice" is synonymous with abortion access and celebration of 'freedom of choice' is a tacit endorsement of abortion rights on demand. President-elect Barack Obama promises to be the most virulently pro-abortion president in history. Millions more children will be endangered by his radical abortion agenda. Celebrating his inauguration with "Freedom of Choice" doughnuts – only two days before the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision to decriminalize abortion – is not only extremely tacky, it's disrespectful and insensitive and makes a mockery of a national tragedy. A misconstrued concept of "choice" has killed over 50 million preborn children since Jan. 22, 1973. Does Krispy Kreme really want their free doughnuts to celebrate this "freedom.""
Madness. Sheer, unadulterated, surely-only-Stephen-Green-could-have-come-up-with-this madness. Of course, any self-respecting multi-national company would simply ignore such an absurd accusation, right? Unfortunately not. Krispy Kreme (and this is the bit that really makes PZ despair over at Pharyngula), promptly changed the wording of their offer, removing the reference to "American's sense of pride and freedom of choice" and adding the qualifying statement "The Inauguration Day promotion is not about any social or political issue."

So, just to qualify, there's a movement that wishes to make the word "choice" a taboo, and yes you did just read about a row over a doughnut promotion that was accused of offering subliminal support for the right to abortion.


Anonymous said...

This is one of the best things the anti-abortion movement could do for their opposition. I cannot imagine how any reasonable person divided over the issue would now choose to side with such obvious nutcases.

Christina Martin said...

...and don't even get them started on croissants!

1minionsopinion said...

And I saw a comment somewhere about this suggesting that donut holes are aborted donut fetuses so I guess just by ordering a box of donut holes it's promoting abortion and the eating of babies all in one fell tasty swoop.

Anonymous said...

I can't tell whether companies like Krispy Kreme are cowards or merely just stupid to even think for a minute about backing down from this ridiculous complaint.

Obviously they don't want to lose the handful of abortion-hating, donut-loving customers that are so addle-brained that they'd uphold such a weak stretching of offence, but it's this tacit buckling to extremism that makes the world a more comfortable place for nutcases like the American Life League.

Let's define "American Life League" to be synonymous with the word "totalitarian", and we'll see how they like a world where definitions are defined solely by politically-infatuated in-groups.

Kevin Murphy said...

It's always confused me that the party lines on the abortion issue appear to have been boiled down to the language "pro choice" versus "pro life".

It seems to me that the two positions, phrased in such a way, are not mutually exclusive. Surely one can be in favour of "choice", and yet disagree with abortion.

Fence sitters can perhaps "choose life"?

scottmaciver said...

Why don't we launch a counter-attack...?

Say that we're offended by Krispy Kreme's spinelessness and that the removal of the word 'choice' is an affront to our beliefs.

But then, of course you cannot offend theists (legally in the UK) whilst offending atheists is fine.

jenny said...

choice is one thing, but when it involves the murder of an innocent human, we are no better than barbarians.