by Steven Ertelt
June 28, 2006
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading organization that monitors the activities of Planned Parenthood has revised its list of corporations that give money to the abortion business. The list of companies it urges pro-life advocates to boycott now includes Wal-Mart, the world’s largest corporation.
Life Decisions International is credited with stopping the Planned Parenthood contributions of 130 corporations since it started monitoring corporate giving and publishing a boycott list. The group estimates it has cost Parenthood more than $35 million since the project began 15 years ago.
“This should be a testament to those who believe it is impossible to change corporate philanthropic behavior,” Douglas Scott, LDI’s president, said in a statement provided to LifeNews.com.
Some of the companies appearing on the boycott list for the first time include: Wal-Mart, Basics Office Products, broadcasting company CHUM, coffee maker Daily Grind, George Weston (which operates stores such as Arnie’s Bagels, Interbake Foods, and Maplehurst), manufacturer Kees, Torstar (publisher of Harlequin romance novels & several newspapers), and Willis Stein & Partners (publisher of several magazines; maker of snack foods such as Fiddle Faddle).
LDI contacts each corporation and encourages it to stop making donations to Planned Parenthood or its local affiliates before adding it to the boycott list.
The group encourages pro-life advocates to not patronize the businesses on the list and to write letters to the corporate headquarters explaining their decision.
“The pro-life movement will succeed only to the extent that pro-life people are willing to be inconvenienced,” Scott said of individuals and families participating in the boycotts. “The very lives of children are worth that much effort and a whole lot more.”
Several Canadian companies were also added to the list for the first time — making the group’s first foray into monitoring corporations north of the border.
Meanwhile, several well-known corporations again find their names on the boycott list because their pro-abortion contributions continue. Those include Neiman Marcus, Adobe (software), Wachovia, Altria, Golub (Price Chopper supermarkets), Nike, Time Warner, Unilever, Bank of America, the Dallas Cowboys, CIGNA (insurance), Walt Disney, Cost Plus World Market, Johnson & Johnson, Lost Arrow (Patagonia, etc.), Wells Fargo, Whole Foods Market, and Nationwide (insurance), among others.
The new LDI boycott list also include a first-time section for nonprofit groups that have established relationships with Planned Parenthood and sometimes make direct financial contributions to it.
The list includes The American Cancer Society, Camp Fire, The Dr. Phil Foundation, Girls Inc., Kiwanis Clubs, Girl Scouts, Rotary Clubs, the March of Dimes, The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the YWCA.
LDI will print several quotations from the corporations’ leaders from responses it received to its letters in the July-August 2006 edition of their newsletter. Their web site also contains a list of local/regional Planned Parenthood supporters.
“We ask all people who care about life to visit this page and determine which businesses in their area are supporting Planned Parenthood,” Scott said. “We urge picketing, letter-writing, and personal visits to these establishments. It is important for pro-family people to let these entrepreneurs know how they feel.”
Related web sites:
Life Decisions International – https://www.fightpp.org