Corporations including Coca-Cola pull sponsorship of Planned Parenthood; Pepsi drops use of aborted fetal cells
(NaturalNews) Planned Parenthood's corporate sponsors are dropping like flies after the women's healthcare nonprofit made national headlines for its involvement in an illicit organ trade scheme involving aborted fetal tissue. Coca-Cola, Xerox and Ford have all told Planned Parenthood to remove their names from its website, and other corporations like Pepsi that previously made use of aborted fetal cells in the manufacture of their products have announced that they're likewise cutting ties.
Since its unfolding, the controversy has prompted Planned Parenthood to completely remove the complete list of donors from its website. But before this happened, some of the group's biggest contributors were contacted by certain media outlets seeking comment on the ordeal, revealing that few wish to be associated with this baby chop-shop organization since its misgivings were made public.The Daily Signal
reports that representatives from Xerox, Ford Motor Co. and Coca-Cola have all denied that their respective companies are in any way involved in funding Planned Parenthood. Fannie Mae, another listed sponsor, said it doesn't contribute directly to Planned Parenthood, but that it will match employee gifts.
March of Dimes, another listed Planned Parenthood sponsor, claims it has no "current grants" going to the pro-abortion group, but had this to say on its Facebook page:
"Since 2007, five local March of Dimes chapters have given local grants to Planned Parenthood exclusively for prenatal education. In these communities, these are the only such services available to improve the health of low-income women and reduce the risks of birth defects, low birthweight, and prematurity in their babies."
As far as all the other listed sponsors (the full list is still available here, despite having been scrubbed from Planned Parenthood's website), The Daily Signal
reports that many of them deny
giving direct contributions to Planned Parenthood, though some admit to matching employee contributions.
Then there's the listed sponsors who didn't
respond to The Daily Signal
's requests (as of this writing) for further guidance as to their involvement with Planned Parenthood. These include the following groups and corporations:
Bank of America
Bath & Body Works
Ben & Jerry's
Johnson & Johnson
Susan G. Komen
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Planned Parenthood sells aborted baby parts to companies that use them in food chemical research
PepsiCo's lack of response is particularly curious, as the junk food giant was embroiled in controversy several years ago following the revelation that it was using aborted human fetal tissue in the testing of flavor enhancement chemicals added to its soft drink beverage products. In early 2012, PepsiCo announced that it would stop using the controversial HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney) cell line to test its flavor enhancers.
But PepsiCo may still be supporting such endeavors through its alleged contributions to Planned Parenthood, which the company has yet to refute or deny. As more information about this latest scandal is revealed, PepsiCo's involvement (or non-involvement) will more than likely take center stage among pro-life groups who've been closely watching the company's actions in the years following the Senomyx scandal.
One of the companies on the dole of Planned Parenthood's organ dealing operation is StemExpress, which supplies human blood, tissue products, primary cells and other "clinical specimens" to companies like Senomyx, which then use them to test food products for companies like PepsiCo, for example.
"Planned Parenthood's hand in this nauseating maltreatment of human beings represents only the tip of the iceberg and has been the source of tremendous benefit for one company purchasing PP's baby parts and then selling them off to biomedical researchers for profit," writes Paul Bois for Church Militant
"That company is StemExpress ... (which) openly states in bold print its 'human tissue products range from fetal to adult' while guaranteeing that 'every sample delivers the purity, viability and quality' the buyers look for."