by Steven Ertelt
March 2, 2005
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Don’t tell those who have spent time and effort boycotting Planned Parenthood that the nation’s largest abortion business hasn’t taken a financial hit as a result. A new report from one group that has led the boycott effort shows the pro-abortion group has lost $35 million as a result.
Life Decisions International implemented a nationwide boycott in 1992 of corporations and businesses backing Planned Parenthood. To date, some 111 companies have stopped sending donations and grants.
"This boycott has been successful beyond my widest expectations," says LDI’s president Doug Scott.
"When we began the boycott 13 years ago, we thought it would be a much more difficult battle than it has turned out to be," Scott said. "This is due to the fact that once corporate leaders are made aware of Planned Parenthood’s true agenda and activities and start receiving letters from concerned customers; most of them quickly decide that they want nothing to do with the group."
Scott’s group continues to publish boycott lists featuring contact information for top executives so pro-life advocates can make their views known.
However, the need to make a public fuss about such contributions comes only after LDI contacts corporate executives to let them know that Planned Parenthood performs more abortions and any business in the nation.
"Several corporate leaders stopped funding the group without ever going on The Boycott List, which allows their businesses to escape controversy," Scott explains.
Which companies are doling out funds to Planned Parenthood now?
Current boycott targets include Adobe Systems, Bank of America, Johnson & Johnson, Kenneth Cole, Levi Strauss, Nationwide Insurance, Principal, Prudential, Unilever, Wachovia, Whole Foods and Walt Disney.
Scott says the goal of the boycott has never been about giving companies a black eye and he has no plans to punish those who contributed to Planned Parenthood in the past. Instead,
Scott’s goal is to end corporate financing of a group that he says manipulates both the public and business executives about its real mission.
"Many corporate leaders support Planned Parenthood out of ignorance," Scott said. "They have no idea what Planned Parenthood really does."
Scott urges pro-life advocates to get involved in Planned Parenthood boycotts.
"A boycott is a peaceful, accepted way to impact policy. It is easy to do. This is not a sacrifice. At most it is an occasional inconvenience," Scott said.
Related web sites:
Life Decisions International — https://www.fightpp.org