Yesterday, the Daily Signal put up a list of the 39 companies who donate to Planned Parenthood. It had been 41, since it was based upon the list that Planned Parenthood displayed on their website. Since the article was published, Ford and Xerox made haste to let us know they are no longer listed donors of Planned Parenthood.
This is important because large corporations notoriously do not want to take a moral stand if they do not have to. But the time for that is over. We ought to contact these companies to see if they have an official statement with regard to the Center For Medical Progress videos which show Planned Parenthood Executives negotiating the sale of the remains of babies. All it takes is a letter, an email, or even a tweet asking if they have a statement on the videos in light of the fact that they actively support this organization. You needn’t threaten a boycott, not because you have ruled out a boycott, but because you never play your best card right away.
Most corporations will bend over backwards to accommodate a customer. If you’ve ever complained to a company about the poor quality of their shampoo or deodorant, you probably received a case of that shampoo or deodorant a week later. They understand margins are usually very thin, and losing even one customer matters. If you threaten a boycott, there is a good chance they will assume you are gone anyway, and not respond. But if you are a loyal customer inquiring what their stance is on Planned Parenthood in light of the videos, and enough of us do it, we’ll get an answer. We need to apply pressure and we need to apply it in the right way.
In the last year, we’ve seen this used effectively. The State of Indiana failed to pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, not because the voters of the state didn’t want it, but because enough pressure was put on corporations who did business in Indiana from those outside the state.
Also last year, after the Ray Rice scandal, the NFL gave Adrian Peterson an unprecedented suspension, which effectively began before he had even gone to trial or received a misdemeanor conviction for child injury. This happened after his team and the league originally decided they would allow him to play. The reason his team and the NFL reversed course had little to do with how much team owners cared about victims of domestic violence or child abuse, and much more about the fact that sponsors had pressured the league to do something.
Corporations feel pressure. They are built to be sensitive to the slightest whims of the consumer. A massive amount of pressure applied toward them will do three things. First, it will get them to stop donating to Planned Parenthood. Second, it will prevent any other corporations from donating to Planned Parenthood. Third, the marketplace isn’t a vacuum. If corporations can tell which way the wind is blowing, so can politicians. In fact, in our corruptocracy, corporations are often the only way politicians can tell which way the wind is blowing. So keep the pressure on.
There is nothing wrong with the church of Jesus Christ using these methods as a means to end the holocaust of baby murder. We are to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves (Matt. 10:16). Jesus Christ is King of the planet, and He has put these means at our disposal. To this end, contact these companies, and politely ask that since they donate to Planned Parenthood, what is their stance on the Center for Medical Progress videos? We need to keep the pressure on. Planned Parenthood is scared, and every dollar you take away from them is a dollar less that goes toward the murder of children.
If contacting them via Twitter, here is a helpful template:
[the period before the “@” is important so they know it shows up in your followers’ feeds]
2 American Cancer Society
3 American Express
6 Bank of America
7 Bath & Body Works
8 Ben & Jerry’s
12 Deutsche Bank
17 Fannie Mae
20 Johnson & Johnson
21 La Senza
22 Levi Strauss
23 Liberty Mutual
25 March of Dimes
27 Morgan Stanley
34 Susan G. Komen
37 United Way
39 Wells Fargo