May 30, 2018

Starbucks CEO: ‘I Am Not Aware’ That Company Funds Planned Parenthood

On Maria Bartiromo’s Wednesday morning Fox Business show, the host asked Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson to respond a Tuesday Washington Examiner op-ed by Alveda King, a longtime pro-life activist and niece of Martin Luther King Jr. King contended that if Starbucks is “really serious about eliminating racism,” it will “stop funding” Planned Parenthood. When asked if his company would do that, Johnson said that he’s “not aware that … we do fund Planned Parenthood,” and didn’t answer Bartiromo’s question.

Alveda King is also a co-signer of a letter to Johnson calling on Starbucks to stop donating to Planned Parenthood:

LetterToStarbucksCEOreRacism0518

The letter’s co-signers include Media Research Center President Brent Bozell.

When asked about Starbucks’ funding of Planned Parenthood, Johnson, if he believed it inappropriate, could easily have said, “If we do, I’ll make sure we stop.” But he didn’t.

Instead, he dodged:

Transcript:

MARIA BARTIROMO: I don’t know if you saw Martin Luther King Jr.’s niece op-ed in the Washington Examiner. And she said, “If Starbucks wants to end racism it will stop funding Planned Parenthood.” Are you going to stop funding Planned Parenthood?

KEVIN JOHNSON: Well I am not aware that we, we do fund Planned Parenthood. So I haven’t red op-ed and I can’t comment on that.

BARTIROMO: OK.

JOHNSON: But I am not aware that we do that.

BARTIROMO: Well, Alveda King says “Starbucks had racism in its corporate identity long before the April arrest. Through its corporate donations, it contributes to one of the most racist organizations in our nation’s history Planned Parenthood, the largest signing provider of abortions in the United States.” And again, this is from Alveda King in the Washington Examiner.

JOHNSON: Well, I am not aware of it. What I do — am aware of and do believe is that we want to create a great customer experience for every customer that visits our stores.

Bartiromo should have asked, “Well, if you find out that Starbucks is funding Planned Parenthood, will you end it?” But she let him off the hook.

Starbucks’ support of Planned Parenthood is an established fact. Tying into Starbucks’ stated intention to eliminate racism, it’s also an established fact that unborn African-American babies killed in the womb make up a shockingly disproportionate percentage of all abortions.

(It) matches gifts to Planned Parenthood.

… (It) matches gifts to Susan G. Komen NYC and MN chapters, which fund Planned Parenthood.

Priests For Life picketed Starbucks stores in Manhattan and Irvine, California in September 2016.

Kevin Johnson joined the company’s Board of Directors in 2009, became President and Chief Operating Officer in March 2015, and was named President and CEO in April 2017.

An additional reason why Starbucks, Johnson, and every other corporation and CEO in America should reject Planned Parenthood — even if they maintain their morally indefensible support for abortion — emerged on Tuesday. That’s when Lila Rose’s LiveAction.org published its first video and released a 26-page report exposing Planned Parenthood’s two-decade nationwide pattern of covering up child abuse:

… Live Action presents a seven-part docuseries and an investigative report documenting the systemic cover-up of child sexual abuse at America’s biggest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood, required by law to report suspected abuse, has ignored victims’ pleas for help, performed abortions on victims as young as 12 years old, and returned them back to their abusers. Planned Parenthood’s negligence is enabling abuse and aiding abusers.

Live Action could only report documented legal and court actions, which more than likely represent a small percentage of all of the criminal abuse Planned Parenthood has enabled.

Planned Parenthood’s now-clearly established two-decade pattern of giving cover to rapists and sex traffickers makes Starbucks and others in Corporate America whose contributions partially support the group financial accomplices in those heinous acts.

In his next interview, Kevin Johnson should be asked how Starbucks’ support of Planned Parenthood is in line with his company’s corporate mission “To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.”

Cross-posted, with possible revisions, at NewsBusters.org.

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