Takeback Tuesday: pour you a drink?

So, there’s new role coming up for Laurie: bartending for Planned Parenthood.

In August, I’ll join Jonathan Franzen, Karen Joy Fowler, and Elizabeth McKenzie

in serving drinks for a Planned Parenthood fundraiser at Bookshop Santa Cruz. Which should be interesting because I don’t know anything about cocktails—maybe they’ll put me in charge of the beer.

This is going to be crazy fun, and it’s also going to do good for an excellent, life-saving organization. Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes you to buy a ticket, and we can see what kind of beer you like.

Get your ticket here.


  1. susan on June 20, 2017 at 11:30 am

    as much as i dislike politics, i have to say: please look into planned parenthood further. they are not about life saving. are they saving the lives of the women with unplanned pregnancies? look into women who suffer in the aftermath of an abortion. and what about the puzzle that they are “life saving” by “life taking”. please look into them further. in addition, you might want to look into the life of a pre born child (fetus if you like). they are not eradicating some misc bunch of cells. please just look into it, educate yourself. your wonderful books have often sent me on quests for knowledge about many things. please.

    • Lenor Garon on June 26, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      If we eliminate Planned Parenthood, who is going to provide cancer screening for low income women (clinical breast exams, and where necessary, referral for mammograms, paper smears, HPV testing)?

      If we eliminate Planned Parenthood, who will provide contraceptive services for low-income women? And if low-income women, who simply cannot afford another family member, cannot receive contraceptive services, aren’t we going to have more abortions, not fewer?

      How about screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases and urinary tract infections? If we eliminate this service for low-income women, aren’t we going to have a spread of sexually transmitted diseases?

      Only 3 percent of all Planned Parenthood services are abortion. See http://tinyurl.com/oospxa2 . Even the Heritage Foundation, which takes issue with this statistic, concedes that only 12 percent of those who seek services at Planned Parenthood receive an abortion.

      If you eliminate Planned Parenthood, where will the other 88 percent of Planned Parenthood’s clientele find services? It is not enough to assert breezily that other clinics will take up the slack. Can you identify existing clinics with capacity (and in the same geographic proximity) that will accept these patients and charge them no more than Planned Parenthood? If these places already existed, wouldn’t Planned Parenthood’s clients have already gone there, and avoided the unpleasant (indeed, intimidating) necessity of passing through a phalanx of vociferous protesters in order to receive services?

      • Lenore Garon on June 26, 2017 at 2:12 pm

        That should be “pap smears,” not “paper smears.” And I apparently cannot spell my own name, which is Lenore, not Lenor. More coffee!!

  2. Barbara Kline on June 20, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Dear Mrs. King,

    Your activism is so inspiring. You are truly wonderful. I would like to add that my younger sister Karen who lives in Kansas is doing much the same thing that you are. She is a Democratic precinct chairwoman and does fund raisers, meetings, and contributes to Planned Parenthood and ACLU. I am so proud of her and you, for that matter.

  3. Leslie S. Klinger on June 22, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Sure! Get those folks liquored up so that they won’t remember to use birth control!

    Seriously, bravo! PP is one of the two great causes in America worthy of support (the other being the ACLU) in these perilous times to stand against the darkness coming out of Washington.

  4. TheMadLibrarian on June 26, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    “Abortion should be legal, safe, and rare.”
    PP’s mission is not exclusively, or primarily, about abortion; it is about providing reproductive health care to women who might not otherwise get it, including the education part.
    I vote not to clutter up Ms. King’s blog with personal opinions about what boil down to personal choices.

  5. Lenore Garon on June 26, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Not knowing anything about cocktails is not a problem in the age of the Internet. When one of my sons had to take a bartending job to make ends meet, he found that he could Google instructions for making virtually any drink!

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