Breakfast at Planned Parenthood

Ashley McGuire
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Posted: Apr 13, 2011 12:01 AM

To every pro-life woman out there who pines for that little blue Tiffany & Co. box one day, think twice.

And just say no.

Whoever thought that accepting jewels from Tiffany’s would be somehow connected to the abortion industry? But who knew that Tiffany & Co. is on the list of Planned Parenthood’s corporate sponsors?

Tiffany and Co. should be the pro-life industry’s newest target. A big red bulls-eye on that little blue box.

After Lila Rose et al exposed yet another dark underbelly of the abortion machine, capturing staff members aiding and abetting staged pimps trafficking illegal sex slaves and advising a statutory rape victim how to have an abortion without alerting the authorities, pro-life outrage led to a House vote to defund Planned Parenthood. But it also elicited a war cry from the feminist front to keep the money lines open to Planned Parenthood under the guise of protecting women’s rights.

I ran into one of their militia members leaving Trader Joe’s just the other day, asking me if I had “a moment for women’s health?”

Why was this smiling young woman outside Trader Joe’s? Because that’s where Planned Parenthood’s clientele and supporters shop. Why would they be pitching Tiffany & Co. for donations? Because that’s where their clientele and supporters get their jewelry.

Planned Parenthood has been absolutely relentless in their marketing and development efforts, targeting groups and companies like Girls Scouts and Walt Disney for funding and ideological platforming. Last year for example, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts hosted a panel in conjunction with the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women where Planned Parenthood was allowed to distribute brochures entitled “Happy, Healthy, and Hot,” encouraging girls to experiment sexually and casually and making sure young women know they are not required by law to tell their partner that they are HIV positive before having sex.

They are ruthless, they are everywhere, and they have marketing and fundraising down to an art. You literally cannot pdf a document without indirectly supporting Planned Parenthood. (Adobe funds Planned Parenthood.)

This raises the perpetual dilemma of money and morals, because at some point all financial exchanges are somehow indirectly causing some sort of harm. But boycotting companies that support Planned Parenthood has proven remarkably successful. Companies that have stopped funding Planned Parenthood after feeling the pinch of boycotting include AT&T, Kohl’s, American Express, Kenneth Cole, and Rolex. And Life Decisions International, a sort of Planned Parenthood watchdog, estimates that boycotts have cost Planned Parenthood more than $40 million dollars in the past 18 years.

Boycotts work.

I will never forget when my family stopped shopping at K-Mart when I was a little girl. When I asked my mother why, she explained it was because they sold pornography. The four and a half year boycott, which began in 1990, was so effective that K-Mart was forced to stop selling porn and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And I grew up knowing that consumers have a voice and can use it to weigh in on moral issues, one company at a time.

Pro-lifers need to imitate the highly-effective, targeted efforts of Planned Parenthood. And we cannot let the energy generated from the scandals Lila Rose and LiveAction unearthed fade. While Congress may not have defunded Planned Parenthood this last round, that doesn't mean that private citizens cannot take action.

So let’s start simple. Let’s start with bling. Ladies: In the words of the ever-sagacious Beyonce, it’s ok to tell your man to “put a ring on it.” Just tell him no Tiffany’s, please.

Join the Facebook campaign. Tell your friends. Tweet it. If Egypt can bring down a dictator through Facebook, pro-lifers can gouge a hole in the abortionist pockets of Tiffany & Co. by asking for Harry Winston instead. One in two women describe themselves as pro-life. Imagine if one in two women gave Tiffany’s the hand. Ouch.

You wouldn’t go to breakfast at Planned Parenthood. So why would you show up to Tiffany’s?

There’s an old saying that asks “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”

How do you bring down Planned Parenthood? One donor at a time.