Planned Parenthood’s Store Losers

Barb Wire

Planned Parenthood may not turn 100 until Sunday, but some of America’s companies have already given them quite a gift. Knee-deep in scandals ranging from selling baby body parts to systematically violating patients’ privacy rights, at least 37 corporations have no trouble funneling big bucks to the country’s richest abortion business. Despite all of the bad publicity — even worse ethics — and possible illegal activity — Planned Parenthood continues to cash in on the lie that it offers some of America’s best women’s health care.

Our friends at 2nd Vote did some digging and found more than three dozen of the nation’s most familiar brands are directly contributing to the abortion giant — and using consumer dollars to do it. Apart from the more than one half-billion dollar haul from U.S. taxpayers, Cecile Richards’s group is enjoying hefty financial support from Adobe, American Express, Avon, Bank of America, Bath & Body Works, Ben & Jerry’s, Boeing, Clorox, Converse, Deutsche Bank, Dockers, Energizer, Expedia, ExxonMobil, Fannie Mae, Groupon, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, La Senza, Levi Strauss, Liberty Mutual, Macy’s, March of Dimes, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Nike, Oracle, Pepsi, Pfizer, Progressive Insurance, Starbucks, Susan G. Komen, Tostitos, Unilever, Verizon, and Wells Fargo. In other words, a portion of the dollars that shoppers give these companies and non-profits, like United Way, is being wired to the bank of the largest provider of abortion in America.

And it’s not like the organization needs the money! With the government’s lucrative backing and the revenue pouring in from the group’s biggest moneymaker — abortion — Planned Parenthood is hardly hurting. And while we are 100 percent supportive of corporations making their own decisions and setting their own policies, we believe that consumers have choices too — like taking their business elsewhere. That’s the beauty of the free market. If CEOs want to enter the culture wars, that’s their prerogative. But they shouldn’t be surprised when the market fires back — as it has with Target, Lands’ End, J.C. Penney, and others who’ve taken socially extreme positions.

Unfortunately for Americans, these companies aren’t the only ones buying into Planned Parenthood’s deadly business model. While Richards’s group is under congressional investigation, almost 20 senators moved to pass a resolution praising Planned Parenthood and eugenics-advocating founder Margaret Sanger for a century’s worth of work. “From Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine, this country is healthier because of Planned Parenthood,” Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said in a press release. That’s cruel irony, considering that Planned Parenthood’s birthday is one of the reasons that 58.5 million children haven’t celebrated theirs.

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And while Richards and others do what they can to dehumanize what they do, the science is unmistakable. Just this week, scientists in Britain announced a major breakthrough in the stages of human development. According to this research team, a baby’s heartbeat is just 16 days after conception — not 21 days, as originally thought. The results, which were published in the scientific journal eLife, are thought to be groundbreaking for treating heart conditions in unborn children. “By finding out how the heart first starts to beat and how problems can arise in heart development, we are one step closer to being able to prevent heart conditions from arising during pregnancy.”

Sadly, the biggest threat to most pregnancies isn’t a heart condition — but Planned Parenthood. Like the rest of the abortion industry, it ignores everything but their bottom line in promoting one of the barbaric practices in human history. If that bothers you, then so should these companies’ investment. How much more will you give to Planned Parenthood by doing business with its corporate partners? Some of these companies may be in the process of severing those relationships. If so, you can give them a helpful push. Send them a note and ask them to discontinue their donations to an organization under criminal investigation. Next time United Way asks for a donation, tell them “No way!” Also, share the list on social media and ask your friends to contact them too!

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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