Ice cream just got political in Portland: A local shop has been fielding criticism from anti-abortionist activists nationwide since hosting a Planned Parenthood fundraiser earlier this month.
What’s the Scoop? hosted an event for the organization on July 17 and even made a special flavor for the occasion called Rose City Revolution. (It’s honey vanilla, with candied rose petals.) The same day, blogger Carole Novielli, who is based in Fort Lauderdale, picked up the Facebook invite and published a brief post on her website, which was also posted on LifeNews.com:
“Abortion giant Planned Parenthood has announced that a local ice cream parlor has created an ice cream just for them. No, it will not be called Blood and Scream!”
The link to the ice cream shop’s Facebook page was provided, and the comments and calls haven’t stopped since then.
And just like that, the story went from a local fundraiser to a national debate.
“Some of them have been scary,” Ostrovsky told Willamette Week in an interview. “Some of them are bizarre and odd. We don’t know why they’re telling us that we have problems when they’re saying terrible, threatening things.”
Ostrovsky has said in multiple interviews that she thought it wasn’t a big deal — the shop has hosted many fundraisers for other local groups, including benefits for cystic fibrosis research, leukemia and lymphoma research and arts organizations.
“To attack us on unfounded grounds, to accuse of things that we haven’t done, to accuse an organization for things they haven’t done, it’s not right,” she added.
In response, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon asked people to show their support via What’s the Scoop’s Facebook page.
Novielli did not immediate respond to OPB’s request for comment.