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DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - Macy's is pulling all financial support to Planned Parenthood (PP).
In its official statement, 2nd Vote, a conservative watchdog organization, said,
You may remember how four companies (AT&T, Coca-Cola, Ford, and Xerox) publicly distanced themselves from Planned Parenthood last year after our research exposed forty-one companies with direct financial ties to the abortion giant. At that time, another company on our list, Macy’s, was making donations to Planned Parenthood. However, Macy’s confirmed with 2nd Vote last week that the company no longer gives and no longer matches donations to Planned Parenthood.
"We wanted to share this great news with you because the credit is due to our 2nd Vote members who have engaged these companies for their position on the Life issue," continued the statement.
While pro-life activists are applauding Macy's for this decision, over 25 percent of Planned Parenthood's $1.3 billion in revenue comes from private donations, which includes money from major corporations, according to 2nd vote. The major corporate donors include Bank of America, American Express, ExxonMobil, Ben & Jerry's, to name just a few.
This loss of support from Macy's comes after the undercover videos released last year showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the sale of fetal body parts.
With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, and both houses of Congress staying in Republican hands, PP is now in serious danger of losing all federal funding.
The president of the pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List, Marjorie Dannenfelser, remarked, "The entire movement is poised for a victory. We have every assurance [from congressional leaders] that it's going to happen. Nobody is saying whether, the question is when."
The president of National Right to Life, Carol Tobias, commented on the significance of possibly defunding PP, saying, "It's the symbolism of saying that our government isn't going to promote or in anyway add to the credibility of an organization that kills 300,000 babies every year."
During the campaign, President-Elect Trump vowed to defund PP on several occasions. In an official letter to the pro-life community, Trump said,
Hillary Clinton's unwavering commitment to advancing taxpayer-funded abortion on demand stands in stark contrast to the commitments I've made to advance the rights of unborn children and their mothers when elected president. I am committed to defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions and re-allocating their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive healthcare for women.
In an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Trump reiterated his opposition to PP, remarking, "I would defund Planned Parenthood because of their view and the fact of their work on abortion. I am for defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they are involved with abortion."
In addition to possibly losing federal funding, PP could also come under criminal investigation for its traffic in aborted babies' body parts and tissue.
The House Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives is recommending a criminal investigation of PP Gulf Coast for violating state and federal law in profiting off fetal body parts. The panel is also recommending criminal referrals for several abortion providers in New Mexico and Ohio, among others.
The president of pro-life organization Operation Rescue, Troy Newman, commented, "The Select Panel's investigation has been worth every dime of money it has spent pursuing the truth. It has caused the break-up of several illegal aborted baby tissue trafficking schemes and launched investigations around the country."
See the full list of corporations that continue fund Planned Parenthood here.
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