CE Forum: Is It Effective to Boycott Companies that Give Money to Abortion Providers?

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Is it effective to boycott companies that give money to abortion providers?


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  • Lori

    Last year I cancelled my credit card through Bank of America because of their support for Planned Parenthood. When I called to cancel, I talked to three different people to explain “why” and received several call-backs asking for my business. I got to explain to each of those people why I was boycotting the company; some were surprised to learn it, others didn’t really care. Did the lack of my business hurt BofA? I’m sure it didn’t – just a drop in the bucket. But every dollar less profit they make, is a dollar less they will donate to the abortion industry. And who knows if any of those people I spoke with heard something that will help them act to protect life too?

  • FT

    I agree with Lori — from a financial point of view, the boycott is probably insignificant unless (and this is unlikely) a very large portion of the company’s customer base chooses to boycott for a long term…

    However, from a moral point of view, yes, I think boycotts can be effective, particularly when following Lori’s lead and being ready / able to explain “why” I don’t patronize particular companies. Still, it is hard to be consistent — it may be easy to boycott a particular coffee shop, but not so easy to avoid supporting a mega-corporation which reaches into many areas and whose support may be less visible.

  • bob in Va

    This is tough. Many companies support not only abortion providers but homosexual lobbies, gay marriage, and a full panoply of destructive social forces. Other companies support Planned Parenthood indirectly such as through contributions to the Girl Scouts or “advocacy” groups. Other companies may produce, market and/or sell products for contraception and abortion. Many common products, even though unrelated to abortion, are made in China using slave labor, and which is a country with abortion as a policy. Then there is the question of not only boycotting but investing indirectly through mutual funds, contributing to employer retirement plans, etc. Now we are required to participate in insurance plans which will be taxed to support abortion and contraception, and/or which plans must provide such services. The corporate support for nefarious causes has metastasized.

  • Jo

    I have been a member and officer of a prolife organization for 25 years. We pray at the Planned Parenthood abortuary constantly and we alert folks to the companies who subsidize PP. I boycott the companies who support PP because morally my conscience cannot let me patronize them, but it is an insignificant gesture as a single person. The real effect is in letter writing to the CEOs of these companies. LDI is an organization that investigates these companies to let us know about the millions of dollars they pour into PP each year. For more information on boycotts, you can go to http://www.fightpp.org.
    We have made a difference.

  • mike

    I would boycott a company that gave money to abortion providers. I know that it is thier choice to do as they feel is right, it is my choice not to knowingly spend my money at said companies.

  • John

    Life Decisions international (fightpp.org) has run some very successful boycotts. Usually, companies are very quiet about their ceased funding to Planned Parenthood to avoid boycotts from the other side. Though it may sometimes seem impossible, I boycott as many as I can. I don’t want even one cent of my money going to support Planned parenthood or any other anti-life organization.

  • Jack

    I would argue that one should try to support businesses that are pro-family /
    pro-life over those that aren’t regardless of the temporal effectively of this
    strategy – this is a moral issue. We use the Life Decisions International (LDI)
    Boycott List and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation Corporate “Equality” Index (quotations added by me, since HRC isn’t after equality at all; but the destruction of the family and the promotion of their own special interest group)
    as a guide in making purchases. If you are on the LDI list at all, or if you have a high ranking on the HRC list, we make every effort to boycott your company. Amazingly enough (sarcasm here), the two lists coincide pretty well. We also avoid companies that utilize offensive advertising (promotion of witchcraft, vampire shows, use of sexually suggestive models etc.). You have your companies that promote progressive, secular religion, and you have your companies that promote traditional, God-centered religion.

    That being said, beyond the moral imperative, I think that boycotting does make at
    least some temporal difference now, and could make a bigger difference in the
    future for two reasons 1) we have 6 kids who know these lists inside and out; and they will be consumers someday – those with traditional values like ours tend to have larger families and at some point this may turn the tide (it worked for the Israelites in ancient Egypt); 2) corporations are all about data mining now. The Visa company probably notices that we avoid certain companies and promote others. The data miners have probably sifted through our Amazon purchases (back when we used to buy from them, before their active efforts to destroy individuals and families through the promotion of homosexuality and “homosexual marriage”), emails, reviews, social media posts, rental movie/show picks etc. to determine our social values. As #1 and #2 increase, we could start to see an effect.

    Boycotting can be “difficult”. At least initially. We don’t go to Disneyland. We don’t eat out too often and if we do it is usually at a locally owned restaurant (or Chic-fil-a). We don’t buy General Mills or Kraft. Dunkin Doughnuts good, Starbucks bad. Exxon good, all the other big names bad. Home Depot bad, Lowes good (or at least better). The list goes on. That being said, there is one more benefit of doing this that goes beyond the temporal benefits mentioned previously. It has absolutely served as a rallying, unifying force for our family. Identifying all 30+ Kraft sub-brands (Nabisco, A-1 etc.) can be difficult; but with our 8 year old it is a great challenge that makes grocery shopping that much more fun! In my opinion, this aspect of our lifestyle has helped us to be a better “sporting adventure” family (as defined by James Stenson). It sets us apart from the mainstream, and will hopefully help our kids to avoid
    other mainstream evils like drugs and pornography as they grow and eventually
    set out on their own.

    All-in-all I see a lot of upside and not a lot of downside in supporting those who support life and avoiding those who don’t.

  • Jean-Marie

    Agree with bobinVa. It’s almost impossible to make a significant difference with so
    many companies & manufacturers who donate to non Christian/ Catholic causes.
    Since we can’t always make a real difference in decreasing their profits, I think we
    should pray for God to remove the scales from their eyes!

  • El_Tigre_Loco

    It isn’t about damaging the offending company, it is about saving your own soul.

  • martin

    “Exxon good” ? Really? According to this http://www.newsinfaith.com/?p=1262, it gives money to Planned Parenthood.

  • Spanky

    Thank you for listing the companies that I will contribute too. With more abortions we can hopefully avoid idiots like most of the people on this site.