In July, the American Cancer Society and American Express indicated that they no longer donate to Planned Parenthood. The American Cancer Society explained that at one time they did fund a limited amount of cancer control grants for the organization but that program expired several years ago. They said, “The American Cancer Society does not fund—nor has it ever funded—abortion or contraceptive counseling.”
American Express said the same thing but added that they haven’t given to Planned Parenthood in over fifteen years. Then, representatives from Ford Motor Company, Coco Cola and Xerox confirmed that they have not given to Planned Parenthood even though they were listed on the abortion company’s website as donors.
Ford Motor Company said, “We are making sure that Ford Motor Company is not listed as a Planned Parenthood contributor on their website. In addition, we do not offer an employee match for charitable contributions. It has been at least 10 years since Ford stopped matching employee gift contributions.”
It is obvious that these companies do not want their customers thinking they support an organization that kills babies in abortions and then sells their body parts to the highest bidder. However, there are companies that support Planned Parenthood but refuse to allow their employees to give to religious charities. The Daily Signal reports that Ben & Jerry’s, Bath and Body Works, Deutsche Bank and Pfizer all give to Planned Parenthood but often exclude Christian charities that are feeding the poor and hungry, providing disaster relief and protecting women in crisis pregnancies.
Casey Maddox from Alliance Defending Freedom explained, “Some of the companies matching employee gifts to Planned Parenthood are much more cautious with their money when it comes to religious nonprofits. Whether through exclusions of religious charities altogether or the application of religion and “sexual orientation” nondiscrimination rules to the employment practices of religious organizations, corporations often exclude the religious charities that are making a difference in our communities and our world.”
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In addition, he said that these types of exclusions have been struck down as unconstitutional but only when they are forced upon government workplace giving campaigns. Private companies can do whatever they want and prohibit their employees from giving to any organization they consider controversial.
Mattox elaborated, “Bath and Body Works funds Planned Parenthood (and Komen, which also provides grants to Planned Parenthood). But ‘religious or sectarian organizations’ are generally excluded. It also imposes a broad ‘nondiscrimination’ rule covering employment that would also exclude virtually any religious charity. Deutsche Bank will not match any employee gifts to a religious organization or to any organization that “promote[s] … religious causes.’ But they will give to Planned Parenthood.”
It is truly unbelievable that there are companies that think giving to a Christian crisis pregnancy is “controversial” but supporting an organization that kills babies and then tries to profit off their remains is totally fine. But even before that facet of their business was exposed, there were countless reasons for companies to avoid Planned Parenthood. To name just a few… they has a history of hurting women in botched abortions, stealing money from taxpayer programs and performing abortions on abused minors without parental consent.