SEATTLE (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Seattle women's basketball team is supporting Planned Parenthood by holding a rally for the abortion giant that has reaped nearly half a billion dollars per year in taxpayer dollars and profited over $77.5 million between 2015–2016.
The three female owners of the Women's National Basketball Association's (WNBA) Seattle Storm announced on June 15 that it will hold a "Stand With Planned Parenthood" rally on July 18 to raise funds for the abortion business.
Dawn Trudeau, a chairperson for Force 10 Hoops, the corporation owning the Storm commented, "Obviously, we [the owners] are progressives, so throughout this year we've had conversations about what was going on in the country, and what we might as individuals might do about it," and noted when one of the partners attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser, "a light bulb went off there, that this was an organization we should do something with."
She added that the owners had not conducted any research into how a partnership with the abortion business will help the league which is not making any money, commenting, "We just made the decision as an ownership group." Trudeau goes on, "We were pretty confident that our fans would respond in a positive way, because we know the kind of people that we have coming to the arena, but we didn't do any formal research."
It's not the first foray into political activism made by the WNBA. In July 2016, members of several teams wore jerseys in support of the racist organization Black Lives Matter.
The WNBA, however, is considered to have the most liberal-progressive fans followed by the NBA, the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) and European Soccer.
In February, WNBA player Candace Wiggins revealed the reason she left the league in 2015 after 8 years was because she had been bullied for years by lesbian players.
Me being heterosexual and straight and being vocal in my identity as a straight woman was huge. I would say 98 percent of the women in the WNBA are gay women. It was a conformist type of place. There was a whole different set of rules they (the other players) could apply.
She commented in another interview, "And it's not just the players. It was the coaches. It was the leaders."
Wiggins further added it was also difficult for her to play, noting it was "depressing" because "Nobody cares about the WNBA. Viewership is minimal. Ticket sales are very low. They give away tickets, and people don't come to the game."
While attendance numbers climbed for the first two years, the average game attendance numbers crashed until they peaked again in 2015 with 7,318. In the 20 years of its existence, the WNBA has yet to make any money in all 12 of its leagues.
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