Update: Pepsi Shareholders File Complaint with SEC Over Research

by Nathan A. Cherry, 11/01/2011

Pepsi logoMartinsburg, WV – Since May of this year I have been following this story of PepsiCo’s relationship with Senomyx, a company that uses aborted baby parts in their flavor research. Over the last six month’s I’ve written several updates to the original article as I have chronicled the progress of the boycott and demand that PepsiCo find alternative sources for research; rather than partner with a company using aborted baby parts.

Now, a new report out states that PepsiCo shareholders have filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission and PepsiCo over the company’s continued partnership with Senomyx.

Since it was first discovered that PepsiCo was partnering with Senomyx and allowing aborted baby parts to be used in flavor testing, an outcry from the pro-life community has been steady against PepsiCo. After requests that PepsiCo either ask Senomyx to use morally appropriate forms of research or sever their ties with the company were ignored, a boycott was implemented.

Pro-life groups from across the country that have joined in the boycott are:

Pro-life groups joining Children of God for Life in the boycott to date are:  American Life League, Life Issues Institute, Concerned Women for America, Colorado Right to Life, American Right to Life, Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, ALL Arizona, Central Nebraskans for Life, Pro-Life Waco, Houston Coalition for Life, Mother and Unborn Baby Fox Valley, Womankind, Billboards for Life, Movement for a Better America, Defenders of the Unborn, Focus Pregnancy Help Center, Idaho Chooses Life, EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers of NY, Four Seasons for Life, CREDO,  Life Choices, STOPP Dallas, CA Right To Life, Human Life Alliance, International Right to Life Federation, Operation Rescue and Pro-Life Nation. LifeNews.com has joined the boycott call as well.

Personally, I’ve never been much of a Pepsi drinker to begin with, but I can assure you that I have not bought one Pepsi product in the last six months and will continue to oppose PepsiCo for their disregard for the sanctity of human life.

The idea of using aborted baby parts in flavor research is both reprehensible and downright disgusting. I can’t imagine supporting any group that would consider this type of research as appropriate. But for the pro-life community there is more at stake in this issue.

Are we pro-life citizens willing to stand up for something? Anything? Are we willing to forego our favorite drink (for those of you that enjoy Pepsi) in order to stand up for life?

The reason companies and organizations don’t care what the American public think and freely continue with unethical and a morally objectionable practice is because they know that most Americans are apathetic, at best. Though a strong majority of Americans claim to be pro-life the sad truth is that those same people would rather turn a blind eye to this morally repugnant practice than to give up their favorite soft drink.

Company’s like Campbell’s Soup severed ties with Senomyx quickly when word of their unethical practices reached the public because they don’t have near the consumer strangle-hold as Pepsi. Let’s face it, Pepsi is in restaurants, schools and businesses across the country; when is the last time you saw a Campbell’s Soup vending machine? So Campbell’s figured out that if they wanted to continue in business they had better listen to the people buying their products because those same people were perfectly content to buy generic soup.

However, and sadly, most people are not willing to buy generic soda pop or boycott their favorite drink; even when that company is violating the pro-life values of the very people that allow them to stay in business.

What will you do? Will you continue to fund PepsiCo and their anti-life research practices? Or will you resolve to be pro-life to the point that you will drink something else? It’s something to think about.

If you want to do more, consider contacting PepsiCo to voice your opposition to their immoral research practices.

Jamie Caulfield, Sr. VP
PepsiCo, Inc.
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
(914) 253-2000
Email form: http://cr.pepsi.com/usen/pepsiusen.cfm?time=5189878

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.

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