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New Planned Parenthood Donors Include GQ, Bob Evans, Hotels

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 3/22/12 11:13 AM

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The organization that, for two decades, has maintained a list of corporations that provide direct donations to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion business, has released its latest update.

Life Decisions International (LDI) has released a revised edition of The Boycott List, which identifies corporations that support Planned Parenthood, which does more than 25 percent of all of the 1.2 million abortions that take place annually in the United States.

Kenneth C. Garvey, LDI’s Director of Communications, tells LifeNews in a statement that the boycott has worked. He estimates the boycott has cost Planned Parenthood more than $40 million since the project LDI started began.

“As a direct result of the commitment, action and prayers of pro-family people, at least 282 corporations have stopped funding Planned Parenthood,” he said. “This should serve as a testament to those who think it impossible to change corporate behavior.”

New boycott targets include Advance Publications (magazines such as Bon Appetit, Details, Glamour, GQ, Self, Vanity Fair, and Vogue), Ameriprise Financial, Arthur Murray (dance studios), Bikram’s Yoga, Bob Evans (restaurants), Danone (Dannon products), Fresh Enterprises (Baja Fresh Mexican Grill, Canyons Burger Co., and La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill), and NACCO (Hamilton Beach and Proctor Silex products; Kitchen Collection and Le Gourmet Chef stores).

Other new boycott targets include Pernod Ricard (alcoholic products including Absolute, Ballantine’s, Beefeater, Chivas Regal, Kahlúa, Malibu, and Royal Salute), TD Bank Group, UBS (financial services), and Wyndham (lodging including Baymont, Days Inn, Dream Hotels, Hawthorne, Howard Johnson, Knights Inn, Microtel, Night, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge, TRYP Hotels, Wingate, and Wyndham; eatery: Planet Hollywood).

Some of the corporations continuing as boycott targets are: Adobe, AOL, Bank of America, Bayer, Chevron, Darden Restaurants (eateries including Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc.), eBay (PayPal, etc.), Laureate Education, Marriott Hotels, Midas, Nike, Select Comfort (Sleep Number bed), Southwest Airlines (Jet Blue, etc.), Starwood (lodging including Four Points, Sheraton, St. Regis, W, Westin, etc.), Wells Fargo, and Whole Foods.

The Boycott List includes a “Dishonorable Mention” section, which identifies nonprofits that are associated with Planned Parenthood and/or its agenda.

The only addition to this section is The Lance Armstrong Foundation. Other groups in the “Dishonorable Mention” section include: AARP, American Cancer Society, Boys & Girls Clubs, Camp Fire, Dr. Phil Foundation, Girl Scouts, Girls Inc., Kiwanis Clubs, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, March of Dimes, Michael J. Fox Foundation, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Rotary Clubs, Salvation Army, Save the Children, Sierra Club, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, YMCA, and YWCA.

Garvey said that Planned Parenthood’s most recent annual report shows a decline in corporate support. He said the Corporate Funding Project is due to the tenacity of pro-life people who “understand the power of the dollar and are willing to be inconvenienced for the sake of preborn children.”