by Steven Ertelt
January 3, 2008
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A leading pro-life group that monitors Planned Parenthood and companies that support the nation's largest abortion business has released a new list of corporate supporters. Life Decisions International says 160 companies have stopped backing the pro-abortion group since its boycotts began.
Several companies appeared on the boycott list for the first time include the Carlson Companies, which oversees numerous well-known hotel chains such as Country Inns & Suites, Park Inn, Park Plaza, Radisson, and Regent.
Unfortunately another top hotel chain -- InterContinental Hotels -- is backing Planned Parenthood financially as well. That means pro-life advocates should avoid hotels such as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, and Staybridge.
T.G.I. Friday's restaurant made the list as did Midas, a company known for its auto repair shops that dot the country.
Paul Ecke Ranch, which grows and sells poinsettias, printer FastSigns, and BBJ Linen, which sells home products, also made the list.
LDI president Douglas Scott told LifeNews.com that "it is estimated that the boycott has cost Planned Parenthood more than $40 million" since his group first began boycotting companies 16 years ago.
"This should be a testament to those who believe it is impossible to change corporate philanthropic behavior," Scott said.
Other corporations that continue as boycott targets for supporting the abortion business include Wachovia, Nike, Time Warner, Bank of America, the Dallas Cowboys, CIGNA, Walt Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Chevron, Wells Fargo, Whole Foods Market, and Nationwide Insurance.
The revised boycott list also includes a "Dishonorable Mention" section, which identifies charitable groups that are associated with Planned Parenthood.
Those include Amnesty International, the American Cancer Society, Camp Fire Girls, Girls Inc., Girl Scouts, Kiwanis Clubs, Doctors Without Borders, the March of Dimes, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Rotary Clubs, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and the YWCA.
"This has not been some sort of 'Jesse Jackson boycott' where we make news for a few days and then go away," Scott said.
"Corporate officials are learning that those who value life are among the most dedicated people on earth," Scott told LifeNews.com. "We will not go away until corporate involvement with Planned Parenthood comes to an end."
"The pro-life movement will succeed only to the extent that pro-life people are willing to be inconvenienced," Scott said. "The very lives of children are worth that much -- and a whole lot more."