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Portland ice cream shop bombarded with threats over Planned Parenthood fundraiser

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A North Portland ice cream shop claims they are being bombarded with threats and insults to their business after holding a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood.

“I’m probably getting 12 to 15 every half hour to an hour, the phone is ringing quite often,” said What’s the Scoop owner Jodie Ostrovsky.

Ostrovsky said the shop does fundraisers year round, and the staff loves it, because it’s how they give back to the community.

When the shop works with Planned Parenthood, though, the threats start pouring in via phone, email and Facebook.

Ostrovsky said the Planned Parenthood fundraiser kicked off in July. The shop sold a special flavor, called “The Taste of Victory” because of the big wins Planned Parenthood had with the government this year, for two weeks, with 50 percent of the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.

The shop owner said everything was going fine until a pro-life organization caught wind of what they were doing a couple days ago, and posted about it online. Now staff say they’re receiving threats from all over the country. 

Ostrovsky dealt with similar threats over last year's Planned Parenthood fundraiser. She had hoped this year would be different, but no such luck.

“We hope these threats won’t go beyond hateful speech, and we do try to recognize that these people have a point of view,” said Ostrovsky. “I don’t agree with it, and they seem ill-informed for most part. It’s not as scary as last year, but it still feels like we’re being attacked.”

Planned Parenthood issued this statement about the situation:

“We are grateful for local small businesses like What’s the Scoop? that support our mission to protect women’s health. If these bullies were truly committed to reducing the number of unintended pregnancies, they would work with Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon and our allies to increase access to affordable birth control and comprehensive sex education.”

According to Ostrovsky, no physical threats have been made against their business. They hope it stays that way, but if that changes, they’re prepared to go to the police.

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