A couple of times in recent weeks, the question of boycotting businesses and corporations that support Planned Parenthood has come up. It seemed simple to me – just give me a list of companies that support abortion, and I will not give them my business – period. In researching this complicated issue, the lists are so long and the involvement so widespread. What is a person, in good conscience to do?
For example, even if you go to a fast food restaurant that has the reputation of being a “Christian business,” that establishment could sell a soda product that is on the “boycott list.” Do I go, but only drink tea? Do I tell my kids that they must do the same? What about actors, actresses and musicians who are known to support abortion rights, do we not purchase their music/movies? O.K. – what if you did not know this about them and you already own their music/movie? Do you throw out the CD/DVD? Do you turn the radio or television station?
Our federal tax dollars are misused and misappropriated to all kinds of wretched things I disapprove of – can I stop paying taxes? No – not without jail time. Is that in the best interest of my family?
We all know the kind of government China has – how human life has no value whatsoever there. Is it possible to never purchase an item manufactured in China again? Chinese products dominate our store shelves!
I figure that my job is to become as educated as I can. When there is something that I need, and I have the choice of products – one made by a Planned Parenthood supporter, and one not – I should choose the one not. When the product has no other options, and it’s something a family member needs, I have to purchase that item. The real issue comes with the many “wants” we all have in life. How can I make my children understand our convictions and why it is important to take a stand for the little ones who cannot speak for themselves?
This is such a tough issue! How do you and your families deal with it?