by Nathan A. Cherry, 09/22/2011
Martinsburg, WV – Convenience is something I place high priority on with my busy schedule. I’m sure you would say the same thing. The store that is closest to my home gets most
of my business, along with the gas station, restaurants and bank. But I’ve learned over the last couple of years of writing for this blog and being an open advocate for life that convenience may be the thing that helps abortion continue in our country.
What do I mean by this? Simply that there is a large group of corporations that continue to support Planned Parenthood – the world’s largest abortion business – and every time you or I step through the front doors of these corporations and local businesses part of our money goes to PP in the form of corporate donations.
The thought of opening a checking account and helping to kill an unborn child is a reality that we need to consider. So the question is, are you willing to be slightly inconvenienced in order to send a clear message that donating to Planned Parenthood is unacceptable? Am I?
The pro-life group Life Decisions International (LDI) has cost Planned Parenthood more than $40 million dollars since they first started their boycott list. No doubt PP is feeling the effects of this as more centers close across the US (PP closed centers in Arizona, Texas and Virginia and have lost all funding in Tennessee, Kansas, New Jersey, and many other states recently.)
LDI has listed the following companies as long-time donors to PP and the abortion business: Adobe, AOL, Bank of America, Bayer, Chevron, Darden Restaurants (Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc.), eBay (PayPal, etc.), Laureate Education, Midas, Nationwide (insurance), Nike, Select Comfort (Sleep Number bed), Southwest Airlines (Jet Blue, etc.), Starwood Hotels (Aloft, Element, Four Points, Le Méridien, Sheraton, St. Regis, W, Westin, etc.), Symantec, Wells Fargo, and Whole Foods.
Another list of corporations is kept because they associate in one way or another with PP. They may give small a small amount of money or simply lend their corporate resources to the abortion business. LDI explains why some of these names appear on the boycott list:
“The pro-life group also maintains a list of prominent nonprofit organizations that LDI says ‘are associated with Planned Parenthood and/or its agenda.’ The organizations may not necessarily make donations to the abortion business but may have some sort of relationship with it, such as joint programs, allowing Planned Parenthood leaders access to its members, or in other ways…include[ing] corporations that have donated to Planned Parenthood, at any level, in any amount, within the past five years, but whose officials refuse to say donations will not be made in the future…’This is done to prevent corporations from donating five times as much money every five years and claiming for four years that they do not support the pro-abortion groups.’”
This list includes: Comic Relief, Eagles Clubs, Elks Clubs, Elton John AIDS Foundation, and the Red Cross. Continuing members of the list of nonprofits that associate with Planned Parenthood include: AARP, American Cancer Society, Amnesty International, Audubon Society, Boys & Girls Clubs, Camp Fire, Dr. Phil Foundation, Girl Scouts, Girls Inc., Human Rights Watch, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Kiwanis Clubs, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lions Clubs, March of Dimes, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Paralyzed Veterans of America, Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Rotary Clubs, Salvation Army, Save the Children, Sierra Club, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, YMCA, and YWCA.
Odds are, you have shopped or patronized one of these businesses in the last month, and perhaps even donated to one of these charitable groups. Maybe you will reconsider future donations and how you spend your money. The fact is, corporations don’t care about “causes” until it starts to hurt their bottom line. At that point they begin to “rethink their strategic partnership” with groups like Planned Parenthood.
I’ll give you a recent illustration of how this information helped me. A neighbor was talking about her 5 year old daughter wanting to join the Girl Scouts so I told my neighbor I had some information she might be interested in knowing. We talked and I let her know that the Girls Scouts was a big supporter of Planned Parenthood. She was disappointed to learn this but said her pro-life views were more important and that her daughter would not be joining the Girl Scouts. I would call that a win for life and loss for both the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood.
How committed are you to your pro-life views? Are you dedicated enough to be inconvenienced a little in order to avoid those corporations that continue to support abortion?
About Nathan Cherry
Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.