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Not So Beautiful

Not being one who watches beauty pageants, I missed the Miss America winner. Seems the new Miss America, Kira Kazantsev of New York, interned at Planned Parenthood.

The president of the pro-life group National Right to Life was not pleased. Fox News reported:

“It would be a tragedy if someone who is looked up to by many young women actually buys into the Planned Parenthood abortion agenda,” Carol Tobias told FOX411. “Unfortunately, most people in the country don’t know that Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider. This will cast a shadow on her entire reign.”

Not surprisingly, Planned Parenthood’s rep Eric Ferrero had a different take.

“Miss America Kira Kazantsev interned last year at her local Planned Parenthood affiliate, where she supported staff members who provide sex education in the community and at local schools,” he said. “Several past Miss Americas have supported Planned Parenthood’s mission, and we’re thrilled and proud that one of our former interns is the new Miss America.”

Kazantsev did not respond personally to a request for comment, but Sam Haskell, Chairman and CEO for the Miss America Organization issued the following statement.

“Each Miss America takes a different path to the crown and Kira’s path is no less special. Kira’s college internship with Planned Parenthood afforded her the opportunity to advocate against child abuse while writing her thesis,” the statement said. “In choosing a Miss America, the judges seek a well-rounded young woman who has the life experiences to be an effective role model. Kira’s life experiences — including being a first-generation American, a triple major college graduate, fluent in three languages, as well as her vocational opportunities — have shaped her into the tremendous young woman she is today.”

Of course, her work there is framed in the context of child abuse. That is not the main purpose of Planned Parenthood. Nor is it a charitable organization.

It’s fine for her to work there, but as someone who supposedly represents American womanhood, it’s appalling. How far have we fallen?