Chili’s Cancels ‘Give Back’ Fundraiser for Planned Parenthood Affiliate Following Complaints

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The restaurant chain Chili’s has canceled a fundraiser set up by a franchise partner for an affiliate of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood after receiving complaints over the matter.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky had announced on social media last week that supporters throughout the two states could present a voucher when dining at Chili’s and 15 percent of their pre-tax purchase would be donated to Planned Parenthood.

The promotion was a part of Chili’s “Give Back” program.

“Here’s why you should go to happy hour,” the organization wrote. “Show this flyer at any Chili’s Bar and Grill in Indiana and Kentucky, and the restaurant will donate 15% of your check to PPINK! The promotion lasts now through March.”

But as word of the fundraising arrangement disseminated, some expressed displeasure, which prompted the corporate office to reportedly take notice. It released a statement on Thursday that the “Give Back” effort for Planned Parenthood had been discontinued.

“We recognize every community is unique, and encourage our restaurant managers and franchise partners to support causes that help bring communities together and leave a positive impact on our valued guests, neighbors, friends and families we serve,” the company wrote.

“Yesterday, we learned that an independent franchise partner of Chili’s in Indiana and Kentucky made the decision to host a Chili’s Give Back Event on behalf of Planned Parenthood Indiana and Kentucky,” it said.

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The company outlined that while the franchiser meant well, the matter was too divisive.

“While our franchise partner had the best intentions; we have received growing feedback and concern from community members regarding the Give Back Event,” it said. “This feedback does not reflect Chili’s focus on bringing communities together and the event was never intended to be viewed as a partisan event or political statement. Therefore, we, along with our franchise partner, have decided to cancel the event.”

A similar fundraiser had been organized in 2011 for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in California, but that effort was likewise cancelled due to complaints.

As previously reported, according to its annual report, Planned Parenthood received $553 million in taxpayer funding/grants in the 2014-2015 fiscal year (the latest year available), up from $528 million the year prior, which equated to 43 percent of its total income.

$48 million of Planned Parenthood’s income was used for sex education, and $39 million was used for public policy, or to influence legislation, up from $33 million in 2013. Despite its expenditures, it still garnered a $61 million dollar profit.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Merchants. What’s the use of making money and profit by killing human children? People should protect children’s life unconditionally.

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      • She-Panther

        Because decent, civilized humans value life, especially innocent life that cannot defend itself. Children are humanity’s most precious resource.

        • Upsetti Spaghetti

          From that statement I assume you are a vegetarian.

          • Oboehner

            From that statement I assume you don’t eat ANYTHING that was alive, plants included. Or perhaps the other way – you are a mass murderer.

          • balloonknot9

            That’s such a stupid “logic”. So killing the unborn because it is not convenient at the time, or oops forgot birth control, is analogous to the basic need of food (meat and veggies). For your analogy to be valid one would need to eat their own.

          • Upsetti Spaghetti

            Balloonknot9, obviously you struggle with reading comprehension, that’s not your fault. Everyone is different and learns at different speeds. She-Panther said that “decent, civilized humans value life, especially innocent life that cannot defend itself”. I assumed this meant that she didn’t eat meat. The terminating of a pregnancy and eating meat is the same in that neither is a person. I never said anything about vegetables and plenty of people live without eating meat.

        • antifasciste

          Children should also be afforded the same value after they are born.

          • RWH

            And that’s the problem. So-called pro-lifers should really be called pro-birthers. Just about everyone that I have met that claims to be pro-life is against any type of governmental-supportive program designed to help the child once s/he is born. They’re against welfare, WIC, pre-school education, plus programs that are there to provide better housing, healthcare, you name it. In fact, one I talked to was so callous to say that the woman is to blame for the problem she is in and he has no obligation whatsoever to help the woman raise her child. But he is all in favor of forcing her to go through the entire pregnancy even though she may have been the victim of rape or of incest. After all, she should have fought the guy off.

            Maybe others have encountered differently, but not in my experience.

          • greascott

            Most pro life people I know believe in personal responsibility. It is not the taxpayers responsibility to take care of the child. This is not something most murderers could comprehend.

            If you cannot take care of a newborn, keep your pants zipped or your legs crossed.

          • RWH

            That’s right. Meddle with a stranger that you don’t even know and force her to do things your way. Then, when the child is born, throw both her and her child out with the trash because she’s at fault and she shouldn’t depend on you for any help. That has been my experience with a lot of so-called pro-lifers. They pretend that they care about the child. Then, when the child is born, they turn their backs. This callousness is tantamount to murder as well.

          • Florenca Mcdowell

            OH but its okay for YOU TO MEDDLE,
            that WE Taxpayers MUST FOOT THE BILL FOR SEXUAL IMMORAL PEOPLE.As to throwing babies in the trash Well, there are many families who want children that would take the child. HOWEVER people need to take charge of their OWN LIVES. It should be LAW IF YOU HAVE SECOND BABY WITHOUT MARRIAGE THEN YOUR WELFARE BENEFTS STOP.

          • RWH

            Well, what a nice defense for a police state. We foot the bill for a lot of stuff that we may not use or believe in. I foot the bill so that the local fundy church can get away with paying taxes but is a haven for self-righteous pharisees like you.

          • Florenca Mcdowell

            Well is he really in favor of forcing her to go through with pregnancy OR is he simply stating that SHE SHOULD HAVE KEPT HER LEGS CLOSED? Is no one responsible for their sexual actions? Maybe YOU should allow these women to live with you and see the burden of expenses that their immorality caused.

          • RWH

            Maybe if you did some reading around, you will discover the high percentage of women who have to deal with unwanted sexual advances by men. It’s just like fundy thought. The woman is always to blame. Nobody seems to mention that maybe the man should keep his fly zipped up.

      • Florenca Mcdowell

        It seems someone protected you so ask YOURSELF WHY???

  • NCOriolesFan

    I was one who complained and received an e-mail from Brinker that owns Chili’s to cancel the event. Way to go fellow pro-lifers. Keep up the good work. I can’t imagine why Chili’s would want to abort future customers.