When Elizabeth Warren stopped her tour bus to buy lemonade from a stand run by two 11-year-old girls, she had no idea that the girls’ parents would turn it into a teaching moment. Neither did she know that the money she spent would be donated to a pro-life charity.
Earlier this summer, Warren stopped her bus to buy $10 worth of lemonade at a stand in rural Iowa. She tweeted about the stop, saying, “Stopped for a quick drink at a lemonade stand in Harlan, Iowa. When life gives you lemons, make big structural change!”
The stand was being run by Sienna Michels and Audrey Billings. They were both very excited to meet a presidential candidate, so their parents decided to turn it into a teaching moment and explained what Warren’s stance on abortion means.
Dan Michels, a Trump supporter and Sienna’s father, commented:
Our daughters thought [Warren] was nice…She came by and told us we should vote for her. And our daughters told us she was a nice person, but we don’t align with her politically and … because she’s pro-choice, we said we should donate her money to a pro-life [cause].
He added, “My daughter told us she wanted us to vote for her…We talked about the abortion part of things and said maybe we should donate money to stop abortion, and my daughter was all for that.”
The girls and their parents decided to donate to the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. The fund is a nonprofit that seeks
to “end abortion by uniting, educating, and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square.”
Warren did not respond to requests for comment on this subject. Back in May, she launched her pro-abortion platform. Among other things, her plan includes passing federal laws to limit state authority on abortion and guaranteeing abortion access through health insurance.
These girls never set out to turn their lemonade stand into a pro-life statement. However, one of the beautiful things about America is that when they were given money by someone who supports things their families don’t believe in, they were able to pivot and give the money to a cause that they support instead.
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