Pro-Life Group Troubled By Abortion Provider's Award Recipients

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - A pro-life group Thursday said the nation's largest abortion provider plans to honor "many of the most outlandish, pro-abortion movies and books of the year."

Planned Parenthood's "Maggie Award," named after founder Margaret Sanger, will honor "those who shape the public perception of reproductive rights and women's health" Thursday night, according to the website.

"Given the fact that Sanger was a professed eugenicist and racist, I am not sure who would actually want to be given an award in her name," said David Bereit, national director of American Life League's STOPP International.

Among the honorees will be "controversial" movies like "Vera Drake" and "Kinsey."

"These two movies are a complete disgrace in their attempts to force Planned Parenthood's agenda into popular culture," said Bereit. "The lead characters in both movies were troubled individuals who found success in sexual perversions and the killing of preborn children through abortion."

STOPP International also criticized the abortion provider for honoring Rev. Tom Davis, author of "Sacred Work: Planned Parenthood and Its Clergy Alliances" for trying to "normalize" the abortion industry.

"The most troubling of all the awards being given this year is the one for Davis' book about Planned Parenthood's supposed 'sacred work,'" said Bereit.

"In recent years Planned Parenthood has done everything in its power to align itself with religious institutions in an attempt to normalize their business of selling sex to kids and aborting babies. It really turns your stomach," he added.

"As much as they attempt to morph their ideologies to seem more acceptable, the fact is that Planned Parenthood is completely out of touch with our society," said Bereit. "When people learn the truth about the radical and dangerous agenda of this organization, they join the ranks of those opposing Planned Parenthood."

Planned Parenthood's national conference takes place through Saturday at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.

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