A watchdog group that monitors the social stances of major corporations, as well as those who donate to the abortion and contraceptive giant Planned Parenthood, has announced that the retail store Macy’s has discontinued donations to the organization through its matching program.
“Macy’s confirmed with 2ndVote … that the company no longer gives and no longer matches donations to Planned Parenthood,” 2ndVote said in a post on Wednesday.
Representatives with the retailer had explained to the Daily Signal last year that Macy’s hadn’t been giving to the organization directly, but matched employee donations in a few instances.
“Our company makes no direct donations to Planned Parenthood,” it said. “In our Matching Gift program, we will match our employees’ donations to any 501c3 organization. We are a company of 160,000 people, and we do match a small handful of gifts each year to Planned Parenthood organizations given that they are 501c3.”
Macy’s has not released an official statement declaring its discontinuance, and is not commenting to the media, but 2ndVote states that they were able to obtain confirmation.
“Macy’s has listened to its customers and this shows that informed consumers are able to effectively engage companies for taking positions on the issues,” said 2ndVote Director of Communications Robert Kuykendall. “Ultimately, people don’t want to support organizations like Planned Parenthood that don’t match their values and they would rather do business with a more neutral company, especially on the life issue.”
Kuykendall’s organization maintains a list of companies that give to Planned Parenthood in one form or another. It currently has 36 major corporations on its direct donation list, including Avon, Clorox, ExxonMobil, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Starbucks and Verizon.
2ndVote says that 25 percent of Planned Parenthood’s annual revenue comes from private donations. Planned Parenthood’s annual report released last December outlined that it received $353 million in private contributions and bequests from June 2014-June 2015.
The organization also received $553 million in government grants during the period, up from $528 million the year prior, which equated to 43 percent of its total income. And despite its expenditures, Planned Parenthood still garnered a $61 million dollar profit.
It performed 323,999 abortions, or approximately one-third of all abortions nationwide when compared to data released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
As previously reported, Planned Parenthood, originally known as the American Birth Control League, was founded by Margaret Sanger, a feminist who decried what she characterized as women serving as “incubators.”
“Woman’s role has been that of an incubator and little more. She has given birth to an incubated race,” she wrote in “Woman and the New Race.” “In the mass, she has brought forth quantity, not quality. The requirement of a male dominated civilization has been numbers. She has met that requirement.”
“This is the dawn. Womanhood shakes off its bondage. It asserts its right to be free. In its freedom, its thoughts turn to the race. Like begets like. We gather perfect fruit from perfect trees,” Sanger said. “The relentless efforts of reactionary authority to suppress the message of birth control and of voluntary motherhood are futile. The powers of reaction cannot now prevent the feminine spirit from breaking its bonds. ”
Sanger, who was a staunch advocate of eugenics, also made a correlation between birth control and the purification of the races, referring to those with disabilities as being “morons,” “idiots” and “imbeciles.”
“Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives,” she wrote in the aforementioned publication. “If we are to make racial progress, this development of womanhood must precede motherhood in every individual woman.”