Southwest Airlines Funds Conference Promoting Abortion, Planned Parenthood

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 30, 2014   |   4:36PM   |   Washington, DC

Southwest Airlines is coming under fire from a pro-life group for funding a conference that promotes abortion and Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion company.

Southwest’s has a role as a major funder of the annual “Creating Change” conference put on by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Abortion and Planned Parenthood will be heavily promoted at the conference and Planned Parenthood is a prominent underwriter.

southwestairlinesCreating Change, which begins today in Houston, Texas, promotes a workshop designed to follow up on the radical protests that took place against a bill to ban late-term abortions in Texas. A workshop entitled, “Queering the Citizen’s Filibuster” will have activists learning the same mob techniques abortion advocates used to flood the Texas legislature and attempt to block the legislation.

“When Texas lawmakers attempted to quietly pass anti-abortion laws in a special session, they were unprepared for the Citizen’s Filibuster, the unprecedented thousands of activists that turned out to protest. Queer advocates were among these thousands, bringing their communities into the battle and conversation. This training, led by four members of the “angry mob,” will explore how Queer identities and issues are connected to reproductive justice, and dive into ways to involve our communities in the struggle,” the program for the event says of the workshop.

Meanwhile, May Sifuentes of Planned Parenthood will present at another workshop promoting abortion and Planned Parenthood will host an event for conference attendees called “Sex, Planned Parenthood, and Cocktails” about how the nation’s biggest abortion business can work with activists at the workshop to promote abortion further.

Southwest took out a full-page ad in the Creating Change program with an accompanying letter (see pages 22-23) from Communications VP Linda Rutherford, who wrote, “Southwest Airlines is proud to support” the event.

Americans For Truth About Homosexuality is exposing the corporate giving priorities of Southwest Airlines. AFTAH President Peter LaBarbera told LifeNews, “I doubt that they want their consumers to know about the extreme nature of the immoral agendas they are underwriting.”

Southwest Airlines has long been on a list published by the pro-life group Life Decisions International showing it as a corporate contributor to Planned Parenthood.

TAKE ACTION: Contact Southwest Airlines through their online Contact Page — or call Customer Relations at 214-932-0333 (press #1).