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Dawn Trudeau, an owner of the WNBA's Seattle Storm, is a fervent Planned Parenthood supporter.
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Women’s basketball team embraces ‘Stand with Planned Parenthood’ night

Fr. Mark Hodges Fr. Mark Hodges

SEATTLE, Washington, July 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A U.S. women's professional basketball team is supporting Planned Parenthood by giving a portion of ticket revenue from an upcoming game to the abortion provider.

The WNBA's Seattle Storm’s July 18 home game against the Chicago Sky is "Stand with Planned Parenthood" night.  

Five dollars from every ticket sold will go to the nation's largest and most lucrative abortion conglomerate. There will also be an auction to benefit Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands.

Storm co-owner Dawn Trudeau has been an outspoken abortion supporter and Planned Parenthood defender since she was a teen. She doesn't care if the team loses pro-life fans.

"We talked about it," she said. "What’s the worst-case scenario? Would we alienate season ticket-holders? Would we keep people from coming to the games? Would we take media hits? We went through all of that and decided we would deal with whatever came up."

Force 10, the Storm ownership group, told Politico that the WNBA and the NBA support the idea. The NBA already gives to Planned Parenthood via the United Way.

"We didn't do any formal research," Trudeau explained. "We were pretty confident that our fans would respond in a positive way because we know the kind of people that we have coming to the arena."

Not all fans are happy with honoring a business that aborts more than 324,000 children a year. "Are there any heterosexuals in the WNBA? This might account for their institutional disregard for babies," James Bryson commented.  

"Corporate WNBA has a fiscal interest in keeping their players free of that 'pregnancy thing' ... too disruptive to the 'main thing,' making money," Bryson added.

Jay Maxson at NewsBusters puts the promotion into perspective. "Planned Parenthood has been hauled into courts in 10 states for refusing to report the rapes of underage girls — because it just wanted their money for doing abortions," Maxson charged. "All the athletes in the world can’t help Planned Parenthood. It needs lawyers. Lots of lawyers.”

Planned Parenthood is thrilled with the public show of support and anticipates gaining new supporters.  

"This marks the first partnership we’ve ever had with a sports franchise,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America VP Dawn Laguens told The New York Times. "This event and their support will help raise awareness among their fans and sports fans broadly."

Trudeau hopes the idea catches on. "If it does take off among other sports teams, it would be a wonderful thing.”

The Planned Parenthood Night is being promoted as an attempt to "turn around" President Trump's "attack" on women's health.

The Seattle Storm are one of the few major pro sports teams owned by women.

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