DAILY MAIL 
Friday, December 5, 2008
A U.S. health centre has sparked outrage by offering Christmas gift certificates that can be used to pay for an abortion.
The Planned Parenthood clinic says the gift cards can be used for “services” or the recipient’s choice of “birth control method”.
The chain of clinics offer a variety of health services, including birth control and terminations.
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The gift certificates, which can be used at almost 100 clinics in the state of Indiana, are being made available at their walk in centres and from a website.
Betty Cockrum, president and chief executive of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, said the programme was started in response to the state’s ailing economy. She said the gift-certificate programme is the first of its kind by any of Planned Parenthood’s clinics.
Cockrum said the certificates,which start at £15, can be used for a wide range of health services on offer at their centres, but admitted abortion was among them.