So Krispy Kreme has decided to offer a free doughnut to every customer next Tuesday in honor of Barack Obama's inauguration. Nice of them, no? Maybe not completely selfless, since they're probably figuring they'll end up selling more doughnuts that way, and besides, it's not exactly great for your waistline. But still -- no one can complain about a free, delicious Krispy Kreme, right?
The phrasing of the company's announcement -- "Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. is honoring Americans'... freedom of choice on Inauguration Day, by offering a free doughnut of choice to every customer" -- made Judie Brown, the president of American Life League, an antiabortion group, see red. So she released a statement in which she said:
The next time you stare down a conveyor belt of slow-moving, hot, sugary glazed donuts at your local Krispy Kreme, you just might be supporting President-elect Barack Obama's radical support for abortion on demand - including his sweeping promise to sign the Freedom of Choice Act as soon as he steps in the Oval Office, Jan. 20...
Just an unfortunate choice of words? For the sake of our Wednesday morning doughnut runs, we hope so. 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...
As of Thursday morning, communications director Brian Little could not be reached for comment. We challenge Krispy Kreme doughnuts to reaffirm their commitment to true freedom - to the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - and to separate themselves and their doughnuts from our great American shame.