TurboTax Added to New List of Companies Backing Planned Parenthood
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 9/27/12 12:08 PM
The pro-life organization that maintains the list of corporations that make direct corporate contributions to the nation’s largest abortion business has released an update list of those companies.
Life Decisions International says its campaign to stop companies from making grants to Planned Parenthood continues to pay dividends, thanks to the participation of pro-life advocates in boycotting those companies and contacting them to explain why.
“As a direct result of the commitment, action and prayers of pro-family people, at least 289 corporations have stopped funding Planned Parenthood,” said Kenneth C. Garvey, LDI’s Director of Communications. “This should serve as a testament to those who think it impossible to change corporate behavior.”
Garvey estimates the boycott has cost Planned Parenthood more than $40 million since it began.
New companies recently added to the Planned Parenthood boycott list include Intuit (Go-Payment, Lacerte, Mint, ProSeries, QuickBooks, Quicken, SnapTax, TurboTax, etc.) and VIA Rail (train service in Canada).
Some of the corporations continuing as boycott targets are: Adobe, AOL, Arthur Murray, Bank of America, Bikram’s Yoga, Chevron, Danone (Dannon products), Darden Restaurants (eateries including Olive Garden, Red Lobster, etc.), eBay, Marriott, Midas, NACCO (Hamilton Beach and Proctor Silex products; Kitchen Collection and Le Gourmet Chef stores), Nike and Pernod Ricard (alcoholic products including Absolute, Ballantine’s, Beefeater, Chivas Regal, Kahlúa, Malibu, Royal Salute. etc.)
Other companies that remain pro-life boycott targets incldue Select Comfort (Sleep Number bed), Southwest Airline (Jet Blue, etc.), Starwood (lodging including Four Points, Sheraton, St. Regis, W, Westin, etc.), TD Bank Group, UBS (financial services), Wells Fargo, Whole Foods, and Wyndham (lodging including Baymont, Days Inn, Dream Hotels, Hawthorne, Howard Johnson, Knights Inn, Microtel, Night, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge, TRYP Hotels, Wingate, etc.).
The LDI boycott list also 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.
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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, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, YMCA, and YWCA.
Garvey said the ongoing success of 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.”