A friend of mine recently contacted the anti-abortion organization LifeNews.com in protest of a recent call to action they sent out to their members, targeting author Judy Blume. Read what my friend had to say–and decide for yourself who was “harassing” and “threatening” whom in this scenario.

I don’t usually write notes, but I’m so upset that I am asking you all to read through this if you have the patience, and then please email LifeNews.com, send a donation to Planned Parenthood, re-post this on your page, or do anything else you can to combat this kind of hateful bullying.

So in case you haven’t heard, an anti-choice, radical conservative group called LifeNews.com sparked an outrage when they chastised author Judy Blume for “supporting the abortion business” and listed Blume’s contact information, urging readers to send her their complaints because Blume sent out a Mother’s Day fundraising letter for Planned Parenthood. Blume’s letter was in support of motherhood, you can read it here for yourself – http://www.ppaction.org/ppvotes/notice-description.tcl?newsletter_id=17513064

I was personally horrified by this sort of behavior and so wrote LifeNews.com this email –

“I want you to know that there is a very large contingent of people (pro-choice or not) who think your outcry against author Judy Blume is outrageous and disgusting. I am personally horrified that you would
set up such a hateful smear campaign against another human being, especially one who has contributed so generously to society, and speaks so lovingly about her own children in the letter supporting Planned Parenthood you find so awful. The fact that you encourage your followers to personally attack another human being makes you as monstrous as you believe those who fight for choice to be.

Neither Blume, nor actor Cynthia Nixon, mentions more women going to Planned Parenthood for abortions in their letters as you claim. In fact, they tout the non-profit organization’s support of motherhood. Just because they also support the right to choose is no reason to twist their words.

I have many words for you, but will refrain from most of them except to say that your organization is despicable and grotesque for your misrepresentation of facts, personal emotions and your dedicated abuse of women’s rights.”

This is the email I received in response from the editor and CEO of LifeNews.com –

“Your harassing and threatening email has been reported to gmail. Do not email again or I will take legal action.”

I do not feel that my email was at all harassing and threatening – it only expressed my disdain for their disgusting tactics. Afterall, this is an organization that encouraged its followers to harass and threaten another person and provided contact information in order to do so – and they call me threatening?

If you are as outraged as I am about these kinds of fearmongering bullies, pllease take a moment to react in some way.

Thank you.