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Hot Inaugural Doughnuts = Hot-Button Issue

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Tomorrow's inauguration is a reason for many people to celebrate, and one of America's most-loved doughnut-sellers wants to give you another reason to rejoice:

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. is honoring American's sense of pride and freedom of choice on Inauguration Day, by offering a free doughnut of choice to every customer on this historic day, Jan. 20. By doing so, participating Krispy Kreme stores nationwide are making an oath to tasty goodies -- just another reminder of how oh-so-sweet "free" can be.

Of course, someone had to overreact and turn happy, calorie-laden, indulgent, doughnut-eating into a hot topic, namely the totally logical offshoot issue of free doughnuts equaling a celebration of...abortion. The American Life League says these "Freedom of Choice" donuts obviously represent a woman's right to choose (read: Pro-Abortion, because, like, what woman doesn't say "Sweet! I think I'll have me one of those awesome abortion things today!" when given the option to choose what to do with her body?) and that "A misconstrued concept of 'choice' has killed over 50 million preborn children since Jan. 22, 1973. Does Krispy Kreme really want their free doughnuts to celebrate this 'freedom.'"

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Krispy Kreme was obviously stymied by this reaction, and has made an adjustment to their press release to say that "The Inauguration Day promotion is not about any social or political issue," as shared by USA Today. It's unfortunate that in the year 2009, a national food chain has to clarify that the word "choice" is not synonymous with "hooray, murder!!!" Talk about a "misconstrued concept" of the word "choice."

Sometimes a free doughnut is...just a free doughnut.

There are 9 Krispy Kreme franchises in the LA/OC area: Burbank, Santa Monica, Crenshaw Blvd, Gardena, City Of Industry, Long Beach, Orange, Ontario, Mission Viejo; participation in the Inaugural Doughnuts promo may vary.