Starbucks has been on a list for years of major corporations that donate to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. But you wouldn’t know it from listening to the coffee chain’s CEO, who denied in a recent interview that Starbucks supports America’s abortion factory.
As LifeNews has previously reported, Starbucks is one of the 37 companies that directly fund Planned Parenthood. The pro-life group 2nd Vote has them on a list along with names like Nike, Avon, Bank of America, Bath & Body Works, Ben & Jerry’s and others.
But On Wednesday, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson thrice denied knowledge of his company’s donations to the abortion giant. He also said he was not familiar with comments from Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr., who is challenging Starbucks, the coffee chain which is undertaking a new campaign to combat racism. King’s niece Alveda King says that if Starbucks really wants to take on racism it should oppose the Planned Parenthood abortion business, which has been proven to locate its abortion clinics and minority neighborhoods to target black babies in abortions.
In an interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, Johnson was asked about the company’s financial support of Planned Parenthood in light of objects raised by Aveda King:
Bartiromo: “I don’t know if you saw Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece op-ed in the Washington Examiner. And she said, ‘If Starbucks wants to end racism it will stop funding Planned Parenthood.’ Are you going to stop funding Planned Parenthood?”
Johnson: “Well I am not aware that we, we do fund Planned Parenthood. So. I haven’t read the op-ed and I can’t comment on that.”
Johnson: “But, I am not aware that we do that.”
Bartiromo: “Well, Alveda King says ‘Starbucks had racism in its corporate identity long before the April arrest [of two black men who refused to leave a store]. Through its corporate donations, it contributes to one of the most racist organizations in our nation’s history Planned Parenthood, the largest signing provider of abortions in the United States.’ And again, this is from Alveda King in the Washington Examiner.”
Johnson: “Well, I am not aware of it.”
“It’s time for corporations like Starbucks that claim to care about “racial-bias” to stop funding Planned Parenthood’s house of horrors, which has taken precious lives away from minority communities and from society at large,” King wrote in her op-ed.
“I often say that abortion is the civil rights issue of our time,” the director of Civil Rights for the Unborn wrote. “Abortion mills like Planned Parenthood didn’t become prevalent in the lives of pregnant African-American women by happenstance. Planned Parenthood’s business model was specifically engineered to target them.”
“Starbucks, if you’re really serious about eliminating racism, you will acknowledge that black people, and indeed all human beings, are of one blood and one human race, born and unborn. Racism and abortion are crimes against humanity,” King added.
LifeNews has previously reported about studies showing that abortion clinics are predominantly located in minority neighborhoods, specifically targeting Black and Hispanic neighborhoods.
Research by Protecting Black Life found that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood surgical abortion facilities are located within walking distance of black and Latino neighborhoods.
Abortions hurt every race and culture, but black Americans have a disproportionately high number of abortions compared to other racial groups. According to census data, African Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population but have about 30 percent of the abortions.
African-American teenage abortion rates are more than twice as high as the national average. The African American abortion rate is 41 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19, according to the study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute. The national average abortion rate is 18 per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19.