The popular clothing company Lands’ End is facing criticism again for supporting a pro-abortion organization.
Live Action reports parochial school parents recently raised concerns about the company’s new collaboration with actress Reese Witherspoon to support the pro-abortion group Girls Inc.
At the end of March, Lands’ End and Witherspoon’s clothing line, Draper James, launched a new swim collection “with a portion of sales supporting nonprofit Girls Inc.”
Their website tells consumers that the nonprofit teaches girls about “financial literacy” and other “life skills … through partnerships with schools” across the United States.
“I believe that advocating for body-positive messaging today empowers future generations, so it was only natural to support today’s girls as they grow into tomorrow’s women,” Witherspoon said in a statement.
But the famous actress and Lands’ End did not mention how heavily involved Girls Inc. is in abortion advocacy, a highly controversial issue that Lands’ End also faced criticism for supporting in 2016.
The abortion advocacy of Girls Inc. goes back at least 15 years. In 2019, it co-sponsored an event on Capitol Hill with Planned Parenthood, the billion-dollar abortion chain. The organization also lists the National Women’s Law Center, another pro-abortion group, as a partner on its website.
“Actually, Girls Inc. is a non-profit that indoctrinates girls so they become pro-abortion advocates,” Douglas R. Scott, president of Life Decisions International, told Catholic Exchange in 2005. “Considering its philosophy, one could reasonably predict that many of these ‘strong, smart, and bold’ girls will eventually end up lying on a table in front of an abortionist. And Girls Inc., along with the corporations that support it, will be largely responsible.”
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LifeNews.com also has documented the on-going abortion advocacy at Girls Inc. through the years, including its decision in 2005 to adopt a statement backing abortion and supporting Roe v. Wade, the decision that led to about 61 million unborn babies’ abortion deaths.
According to Live Action, many of the organization’s affiliates still reference a corporate policy statement that reads: “Girls Incorporated affirms that girls and young women should make responsible decisions about sexuality, pregnancy, and parenthood. We recognize the right of all women to choose whether, when, and under what circumstances to bear children. Reproductive freedom and responsibility are essential to other rights and opportunities, including pursuit of education, employment, financial security, and a stable and fulfilling family life. Restrictions of reproductive choice are especially burdensome for young women and poor women. Girls Incorporated supports freedom of choice, a right recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1973 in Roe v. Wade and by the Supreme Court of Canada in 1988 in R v. Morgentaler.”
Here’s more from Live Action:
According to a bulletin called Reproductive Health: Helping Girls Live Healthy Lives on their website, Girls Inc. advocates for “comprehensive sexuality education” and “reproductive health care” (widely understood to include abortion services). Under the heading “What we can do,” supporters are encouraged to “Secure funding for programs that help educate youth about sexual health and healthy decision making, and education, and end funding for programs that promote abstinence-only education which has not been proven effective” …
The bulletin further laments that some girls are unable to access “contraception and other forms of reproductive healthcare” because of “their income level, where they live, or what their parents/caregivers think about them accessing these resources.” In plain language, Girls Inc. thinks that it’s wrong for some children not to be able to take birth control or have abortions because their parents won’t allow them.
Witherspoon is one of America’s most beloved actresses, but her support for Girls Inc. should not come as any surprise. She also supports the killing of unborn babies in abortions.
In 2019, she posted a series of tweets blasting pro-life heartbeat laws in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri and Mississippi. She described abortion as a “fundamental right” and promised to fight against laws that protect unborn babies from violent abortion deaths.
And in 2015, Witherspoon defended Planned Parenthood amid allegations that it sold aborted baby body parts for profit, saying, “It’s up to us to make sure that every single girl in this world can control their bodies and their lives and futures.”
But Lands’ End’s support of the pro-abortion group is surprising. Many Catholic and Christian school families buy uniforms from the company. In 2016, Lands’ End faced a flood of criticism after LifeNews.com broke a story about it honoring pro-abortion feminist Gloria Steinem and collecting donations for her organization. The company later backtracked and apologized after schools said they would stop buying uniforms from them.
ACTION: Email Land’s End here or call 1-800-963-4816 to complain.