Monday, September 03, 2007

Don't Let Your Money be Used to Fund Evil Works

I've been participating in Life Decisions International's boycott against corporate supporters of Planned Parenthood ever since I heard about it in the early 1990s.

The boycott is different, these days.

In some ways, it will be easier for me to participate, since nearly all the grocery-related corporations that had been on the Boycott List have been removed (removal from the list means that the corporation has agreed not to financially support Planned Parenthood in the future). The only supermarket-type items I still have to think about are personal-care items and certain over-the-counter medications.

And in some ways it will be harder. My favorite clothing source is now a boycott target. I'll be sad to give up buying Lands' End clothes--but there's a greater good here that I have to consider. My husband's favorite restaurant is now a boycott target. We didn't go there often, but it was a nice occasional treat. And I'll have to stop buying used books from, since eBay is also on the Boycott List. Finally, we've gotten our last hoagies and cups of coffee from Wawa until it changes its tune about its corporate donations policy.

Two things make a boycott work. The first thing is that people have to be willing to be inconvenienced to do what is right. The second thing is that people have to regularly contact these companies and let them know why they are no longer using their products or services. As LDI points out in their Boycott List, "you do not want to cooperate with evil or help make it possible for others to do evil. If Company XYZ wants to find Planned Parenthood it will not be with the money God has placed in your care."

Here's how to order a Boycott List for your family. It includes a comprehensive list of brand names for each boycotted company as well as contact information, as well as an FAQ with guidance about how to write to these companies.

UPDATE: I just received communication from LDI that Wawa is no longer a boycott target! That makes 155 companies that have decided to stop funding Planned Parenthood.

UPDATE #2: Sears/Kmart/Lands End is also no longer a boycott target! Over 157 companies are no longer giving money to find Planned Parenthood's evil work.

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