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13 / 08 / 2010 - Pro-life group adds AOL, Hilton and Trader Joe’s to boycott list
An american pro-life group has released its revised edition of a boycott list of corporations which support Planned Parenthood, the world’s largest pro-abortion group. New companies on its list include AOL, Hilton hotels, Staples, Trader Joe’s, and Toys “R” Us.
Life Decisions International (LDI) said new additions also include the Mrs. Fields cookie stores, Kohl’s department stores, and the ING financial services company. Darden Restaurants, which include Bahama Breeze, The Capital Grille, Olive Garden and Red Lobster, have been added to the list along with Ignite Restaurants which include Brickhouse Tavern + Tap and Joe’s Crab Shack.
Hilton Worldwide hotels include Conrad Hotels, Doubletree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inns/Suites, and Homewood Suites.
Reappearing on LDI’s boycott list are The Gap and the federal government-sponsored mortgage corporation Freddie Mac.
Corporations with a continuing presence on the boycott list include Wells Fargo, Nike, Time Warner, Bank of America, Walt Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Chevron, and Nationwide Insurance.
"As a direct result of the commitment, action and prayers of pro-family people, at least 256 corporations have stopped funding Planned Parenthood," said Kenneth C. Garvey, director of communications at LDI. "This should serve as a testament to those who thought it impossible to change corporate philanthropic behavior."
LDI estimates that the boycott has cost Planned Parenthood more than $40 million since the pro-life group’s Corporate Funding Project began more than 17 years ago.
Garvey criticized pro-life organizations which continue to use PayPal despite its owner eBay being targeted for boycott.
“Most pro-life groups are aware that it is a boycott target because it has funded Planned Parenthood, but they have consciously chosen to continue doing business with the company. Doing so is indefensible," he charged.
The LDI official said alternatives to PayPal exist and he would help anyone who has difficulty finding them.
"Corporate officials are learning that those who value life are among the most dedicated people on earth. We will not go away until corporate involvement with Planned Parenthood comes to an end," commented LDI chairman Thomas C. Strobhar.
The LDI Boycott List also includes a “dishonorable mention” section for charitable groups associated with Planned Parenthood or its agenda. Listed groups include the Lions Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Rotary Clubs, the Boys & Girls Clubs, Camp Fire Girls and Girl Scouts.
The American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Easter Seals, Ronald McDonald House Charities, YWCA and YMCA are listed, as are the Salvation Army and the charity America Gives Back, which is associated with the television show American Idol.