Friday, April 20, 2012

Thirty-One Gifts and Planned Parenthood

There has been some discussion lately as to whether or not Thirty-One Gifts supports Planned Parenthood.
To be clear, Thirty-One in no way gives donations to support and/or fund PP. Thirty-One does, however, give to these charitable organizations:

Some of these organizations do give to Planned Parenthood, but that doesn't directly include Thirty-One Gifts. 
I did a search for companies that directly supported PP and I was quite shocked! If we, as a Christian community, decided to boycott ALL the companies associated with Planned Parenthood, I think we'd be quite limited as to what we bought. 
Just to give you an idea of companies that do indeed send support funds to Planned Parenthood, below is just the tip of the iceberg:

Pernod Ricard (alcoholic beverages, including Absolute, Ballantine's, Beefeater, Bancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Chivas Regal, G.H. Mumm, The Glenlivet, Graffigna, Havana Club, Jacob's Creek, Jameson, Kahlúa, Malibu, Maretll, Mumm, Perrier-Jouët, Ricard, Royal Salute).
TD Bank Group(financial services).
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts(lodging, including Baymont Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Dream Hotels, Hawthorne, Howard Johnson, Knights Inn, Microtel Inns & Suites, Night, Planet Hollywood, Ramada, Super 8, Travelodge, TRYP Hotels, and Wingate).
NACCO Industries (appliance manufacturing, including eclectrics, Hamilton Beach, Proctor Silex, Traditions, TrueAir, plus Kitchen Collection and Le Gourmet Chef stores).
Whole Foods Market
JPMorgan Chase (including Chase Bank, & Bank One).
Bank of AmericaLost Arrow(Patagonia)
Danone (Dannon products).
Wells FargoBob Evans (restaurants).
Chevron (includingCaltexTexacoXpress Lube).
eBay (includingPayPal).
Arthur Murray (dance studios).
Bikram's YogaMidas (auto care).
Marriott Hotels & Resorts (lodging, including CourtyardFairfield,RenaissanceRitz-Carlton). 
Johnson & Johnson
Staples (office/school supplies).
Darden Restaurants (eateries, including Bahama BreezeThe Capital GrilleLongHorn SteakhouseOlive Garden,Red LobsterSeasons 52).

I am very pro-life, which means I'm very opposed to abortion, but I've also come to the conclusion that we all have to pick our battles. What will we fight for that will make the most difference in the lives of those around us? In the end, God will have the final judgement. He will reward those who have furthered His Kingdom and He will punish those who haven't done so. 
For me, I will choose not to support Planned Parenthood directly. However, to even begin to boycott ALL the companies that are affiliated with PP, would take up too much of my energy and time and quite frankly, I'd rather spend that extra time loving on my family and showing the love of the Father to those who are lost. 

Until next time....


  1. To indirectly support out of ignorance is forgivable because you are correct that it would take effort and a Google search on your part to find out who supports PP then stop supporting those organizations. Once you have the knowledge however, then you are responsible for changing you course of action. The information has been made available to you that 31gives indirectly supports abortion. The battle for the unborn is THE battle of our generation and for good people to do nothing is to turn you back on Proverbs 31:8 to be a voice for the voiceless. Pick this battle and take a stand for righteousness.
    I apologize they you got the brunt of this, You were the 6th link in Google regarding this topic, and I felt compelled to comment.

  2. Thank you for your thoughts! I just want to comment on one thing I noticed.The companies you list are not Christian organization like Thirty One. To claim to be a Christian company and continue (now knowingly, given the public outcry) supporting these organizations is wrong. A few minutes of research on the part of Thirty One would give them the information they need about the organizations they support. I hold them to higher standards since they espouse their Christian values so frequently.

    1. Thirty-One's story: Thirty-One is more than just a company. We are people who believe in celebrating, encouraging and rewarding others for who they are. Through God’s strength, we’ve built a family of individuals who feel women deserve to treat themselves and those around them to something special. Our commitment is to provide women with a fulfilling, enjoyable and rewarding experience one person at a time.

      They describe themselves as a "faith based" company instead of a "Christian" company.

  3. Are we as Christians so desensitized to the horrors of abortion that we don't even bother to object because we like a purse so much?

    1. Thirty-One does not support abortion, so to correlate abortion and the company, would be wrong. If Cindy Monroe was asked if she supported abortion, she'd adamantly say no.