- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 17, 2011

Culture Challenge of the Week: Blood Diamonds: Baby Blood


Even the name sounds beautiful. America’s most elegant jeweler is synonymous with engagements, weddings, births and anniversaries. Its stunning diamonds, jewelry and silver mementos become enduring gifts to celebrate life’s most important occasions. The problem for most Americans, of course, is that Tiffany’s is expensive.

Now there’s another, moral, reason to avoid it: Tiffany’s has blood on its hands. Baby blood. The blood from some 350,000 abortions each year performed in America by Planned Parenthood. As one of Planned Parenthood’s high-profile corporate sponsors, Tiffany’s helps underwrite the abortions.

I never would have guessed. I love the artful windows at Tiffany’s. Who knew that behind the beauty is a deadly, ugly secret? Who would have suspected that with every purchase by young couples in love, or by husbands honoring their wives on anniversaries, that a portion of the money they hand over goes to fund the largest death mill in America?

The term “blood diamonds” now has a new meaning, thanks to Tiffany’s.

The sparkly trinkets Tiffany’s sells are a stark contrast to the ugly, death-dealing business of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood is not about “parenthood” at all — it’s an abortion business that generates nearly a billion dollars in income a year, with more than a third of it coming directly from abortions.

It’s a number Planned Parenthood is absolutely driven to grow.

Like any other business, Planned Parenthood’s sales (in this case, abortions) depend on getting new “prospects” into the sales pipeline. How? By marginalizing parents’ influence, for one, and then reaching teens directly, through the Internet, schools, and entertainment media.

Teens drink up the Planned Parenthood-promoted cocktail of early sex and free birth control. And when the morning after rolls around, Planned Parenthood is there, providing abortions to “fix” the inevitable “contraceptive failures.”

Now its business is set to expand further. Planned Parenthood has decreed that every one of its clinics must expand its facilities to include abortions. Which means it will push more teens and women through the pipeline faster and earlier.


Abortion. That’s where the money is.

So Planned Parenthood grows rich with support from our government (a third of Planned Parenthood’s budget comes from the federal government — our tax dollars) and corporate sponsors. As of this writing, it’s not clear whether our senators will muster enough votes this time around to end funding for Planned Parenthood.

The American people, however, seem to be waking up. A new poll shows that 54 percent of Americans say family planning organizations that perform abortions should not receive federal funds. And more than four in 10 are very strongly opposed giving any more funds to Planned Parenthood.

While we cannot vote on the budget question (but do call your senator and tell him to defund Planned Parenthood!), it is clear that we families can have an impact on corporate sponsors.

How to Save Your Family: Boycott

In her excellent column, “Breakfast at Planned Parenthood,” writer Ashley McGuire details the effectiveness of Planned Parenthood’s propaganda machine and the greedy reach of its development efforts, which has found sponsorship from a whole parade of Fifth Avenue companies such as Tiffany’s.

Ashley’s solution? Boycott. She recounts her own childhood memory of her family’s participation in a boycott of Kmart over sales of pornography. The boycott worked, leaving a big impression on Ashley.

“I grew up knowing that consumers have a voice and can use it to weigh in on moral issues, one company at a time,” she wrote.

Like Ashley’s family, our own families can pressure the companies that sponsor Planned Parenthood into thinking twice. For starters, don’t buy from them. But at least as important, tell them why you’re not shopping there any more.

Do boycotts work? In this case they clearly do.

Life Decisions International monitors an ongoing boycott effort against companies that support Planned Parenthood. Since the boycotts began nearly two decades ago, Planned Parenthood has lost nearly $40 million in corporate sponsorships. And the pace at which it is losing those sponsorships has picked up markedly in recent months.

Ashely closes her column with a challenge. “How do you bring down Planned Parenthood?”

Her answer: “One donor at a time.” Amen, Ashley. And we’ll do it one diamond at a time, too.

Rebecca Hagelin can be reached at rebecca@howtosaveyourfamily.com.

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