The backlash against Planned Parenthood following the release of undercover videos showing organization officials negotiating the sale of fetal body parts is amping up, Breitbart News reports,
with Coca-Cola being the third corporation to ask to be removed from a list of donors to the nonprofit reproductive health organization.
Late this week, Planned Parenthood’s website included a "donations" page listing companies that provided direct-giving and/or a matching gifts program. After Coca-Cola joined Xerox and Ford Motor Co. in requesting to be removed from the list — they all said they were erroneously listed — Planned Parenthood took down the page.
On Tuesday, The Daily Signal reported
that the website 2nd Vote, which tracks "the flow of money from consumers to political causes," found 41 companies that directly contribute to Planned Parenthood.
After the story’s publication, Xerox, Ford and Coca-Cola contacted The Daily Signal, and according to Breitbart, "more desertions" are likely.
"Pro-life grassroots activists will likely keep calling and asking the remaining corporate giants from the list whether they support the sale of aborted baby parts for medical experimentation," according to Breitbart. "But now that the list is down, the world will not know how many more corporations will ask to be taken off the list of Planned Parenthood supporters."
The 38 remaining companies were Adobe, American Cancer Society, American Express, AT&T, Avon, Bank of America, Bath & Body Works, Ben & Jerry’s, Clorox, Converse, Deutsche Bank, Dockers, Energizer, Expedia, ExxonMobil, Fannie Mae, Groupon, Intuit, Johnson & Johnson, La Senza, Levi Strauss, Liberty Mutual, Macy’s, March of Dimes, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Nike, Oracle, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Progressive, Starbucks, Susan G. Komen, Tostitos, Unilever, United Way, Verizon and Wells Fargo.
The two videos filmed
by anti-abortion group The Center for Medical Progress show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal organs and tissue, one of them promising to talk with a surgeon about changing the way abortions are performed in order to best preserve the body parts.
It is against the law for clinics to make a profit on donated organs and tissue — they can only charge for the cost of transport to a research facility — as well as to alter how a medical procedure is performed in order to optimize the extraction of tissue
Since the videos’ release, two congressional committees and eight states have launched investigations and Congress is considering a bill to withhold $500 million in federal funding for one year.
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