Boycott Urged of Hotels at March for Life Backing Planned Parenthood

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 13, 2011   |   12:20PM   |   Washington, DC

A pro-life group that monitors corporate donations to Planned Parenthood is urging pro-life people attending the March for Life to not make reservations at hotels that support the abortion business.

Life Decisions International says several hotels and restaurants are boycott targets due to financial support of the organization that did more than 320,000 abortions last year — more than any other abortion company.

“We are asking pro-life people who will be participating in the March for Life to boycott the hotel chains and restaurants that have refused to end corporate funding to Planned Parenthood,” said Kenneth Garvey, the director of communications for LDI.

For those who may have already made plans weeks or months ago and can’t change them, he adds: “If you plan to stay in a boycotted hotel and it is impossible to change your plans, let the company know you will not be back unless it agrees to stop donating to Planned Parenthood.”

The top hotels on the boycott list include Marriott and its brands Courtyard, Ritz-Carlton, Residence Inn and Fairfield Inn; Hilton and its brand Doubletree, Hampton, and Homewood Suites; Four Points; the Four Seasons; Kimpton Hotels; Starwood Hotels, which include the St. Regis and Westin and Sheraton.

The only airline on the list is Southwest Airlines, a discount airline popular with people traveling to Dulles airport. LDI also lists restaurants on its boycott list and the most popular ones include Darden Restaurants, which include Olive Garden and Red Lobster; Hooters; and Joe’s Crab Shack.

The boycotts have been successful in stopping corporate donations to the abortion giant.

“The most recently released edition of The Boycott List became available in December,” says Garvey.  “Between the release of the July 2010 and December 2010 editions, more corporations agreed to stop funding the pro-abortion group than ever before. As a direct result of the commitment, action and prayers of pro-family people, at least 274 corporations have stopped funding Planned Parenthood.”

“This is a simple way for every pro-life person to do something tangible for the pro-life movement,” Garvey said. “The boycott has been one of the most effective strategies in the history of the movement and it is due to people who understand that the way they spend the money God has entrusted to them is important from both a moral and strategic point of view.” [related]

Kohls and Mrs. Fields cookies were the two most recent corporations to stop donating to Planned Parenthood.

Garvey says the boycott is estimated to have cost Planned Parenthood more than $40 million since the project began.