The Pro-Life VS Pro-Choice debate is arguably one of the most intense and divisive in the United States. The pro-life side believes that a human life is sacred from the moment of conception, and abortion destroys this notion. The pro-choice side argues that a pregnant woman has the right to decide what to do with her body and consequently supports abortion. This debate impacts many aspects of modern society, even from where you get your Monday morning coffee.
Although Planned Parenthood does provide other services (i.e. birth control distribution), they are the largest abortion-provider in the United States. Reaching up to $1.3 billion in annual revenue, one-quarter of this comes from "private corporate contributions." That poses the question: who are these private donators to Planned Parenthood? There's more than you think. Some of the notable organizations include American Express, Ben & Jerry's, Clorox, ExxonMobil, Macy's, Microsoft, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Verizon, among many others.
As some may believe that the pro-choice opinion is most popular in this social climate, that is not necessarily the case. This article cites a 2016 poll from the Marist College for Public Opinion saying that "81% of Americans favor some restrictions on abortion — including limiting the procedure after the first three months — and a continued ban on public funding of abortion." That is, even pro-choice individuals do not support unlimited abortion services as well as the public, tax-payer funding of these services. This statement does not necessarily negate private contributions to Planned Parenthood but does bring the public's opinion on this issue to light.
These financial contributions continued even amid Planned Parenthood's scandal in which videos were released where employees seemed to be negotiating the cost and sales of aborted fetus body parts. From an ethical standpoint, it is surprising that so many different companies from a range of backgrounds (i.e. banking, food services, cleaning supplies, and more) continued their financial support to this organization.
Companies have the right to decide how they allocate their money; however, Americans also have the right to decide from whom they financially support.
Based on your ethical standpoints and individual beliefs, where do you stand on this issue? Would you continue to support a company after uncovering they contribute to the largest abortion provider in the country?