Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Where the heck am I supposed to buy my groceries?

Whole Foods MarketImage via WikipediaToday I learned that Whole Foods gives large sums of money to Planned Parenthood. As a post-abortive turned pro-life Christian who volunteered at the local Pregnancy Support Center for years, I am disgusted. I have no trouble deciding to no longer buy my groceries there. Of course, Friday, after my first appointment with a midwife at Vanderbilt, I was going to treat my family to one of their already prepared meals for four priced at merely $14.99. But not now. I'll come home and fix vegetarian hot dogs if I have to. Of course, this is not an easy sacrifice for me and my family. We LOVE Whole Foods (not nearly as much as we loved Wild Oats, though) and we like to go there and park in the parking garage and pretend like we are super duper wealthy, if only for an hour or so. But seriously. I LOVE their generic products and their tater tots are rockin'. Sure, we'll have a Trader Joes near by very soon but until then, what are we supposed to do? Where else will I find a decent organic fuji apple? And when we are in Orlando shopping for the hotel when we go on our Disney vacations, where are we supposed to buy our food?

Oh wait, Disney vacation? Ha! There won't be any more of those, I guess. Because it seems that Disney also sends large sums of money to Planned Parenthood. They even awarded them a $15,000 grant for being compassionate towards children. Ah, yeah, because killing the unborn is compassion? Now, after October, Disney will be super easy for me to boycott. I already despise that company. Mostly I hated them because of their commercialism and the fact that they are in cahoots with Nestle, another company I don't like (that's putting it mildly). But in October, we are supposed to go to Disney World and to stay in their best resort for three nights, for FREE. And we were even going to be given $500.00 of spending money. What's so annoying is that I prayed for this free vacation because our family needs it desperately. I have no idea what we are going to do but I do know that I'm mad. Why are corporations like Walt Disney and Whole Foods involved with such political organizations anyway? What are they thinking?

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  1. I love you! You think just like me!! What ARE we supposed to do? It is so hard to live with convictions! Especially when others who don't have the same convictions have huge influence over my kids?

    Be sure to tell me why you hate Nestle. I don't think I buy much if any of their products, but I'm curious, of course, about who I should be mad at! lol

  2. I realize the reasons why you are anti-abortion, but planned parenthood provides great services to under-served communities. Without planned parenthood I would not have been able to visit a gynecologist in the last 8 years. I didn't have insurance, and still don't. I received free birth control and std testing that I would not have been able to otherwise afford. All for free. I use hormonal birth control and at $30-40 a pack, there is no way I can afford it. I understand your beef but they provide a wonderful service for poor individuals. Even if that does include abortions.

  3. I am also very much against abortion. But, to me, there's a lot of gray area here. I wish planned parenthood did a better job of educating about solutions other than abortion. I think they're so concerned about making people think abortion is okay that they minimalize the fact that there are other (better) options. Yet, they do provide a lot of good services to under-served communities. And the fact of the matter is that there is a high need for it.

    I don't actively support planned parenthood, but I have chosen not to boycott things that do. I don't feel that companies who contribute to planned parenthood are saying, "hey, let's increase abortions," I feel that they're saying, "hey, let's increase education and awareness, and the health of people in poorer communities." Ultimately, I think education, STD testing, birth control awareness, etc. is going to decrease the amount of abortions much more so than protests, boycotts, and legal reform.

  4. Well, under the circumstances (I'm sustaining life inside of my body and there aren't that many places around here to buy decent organic produce or healthy convenience meal) we have decided that it would not be too prolife of us to not shop at Whole Foods.

    As for my stance on Planned Parenthood... I'm not sure. I wasn't aware that they did anything at their "clinic" other than abortions. I'm not a fan of birth control but I realize that people use it. I still don't like it and I wonder what is the difference between what they are doing and the regular old health department-other than abortions- but this is not a good time in my life to be boycotting free trips to Disney and putting crap in my body bc I refuse to shop at a certain store. So... there ya go.

    What I will do is be incredibly prayerful about Planned Parenthood and what they are doing. Perhaps one day they will stop doing abortions. Anything is possible.

  5. I am not a fan of birth control either, for myself. However, I do believe that for some people it is absolutely necessary.

  6. Was thinking about your comment and wanted to add a bit more. After reading your post I took a look at the founder of Planned Parenthood...for your own sake don't look it up. Consider mid-1800, semi-racist, feminist. But that isn't my point with this comment.

    At one point while living in San Francisco I decided to go to the Health Department. What a horrible decision! I went to the health dept. in Gallatin when I was a teen, but the one in SF took the cake. First off it was located in a back alley off of a major through-way. The alley reaked of human urine, and there were homeless folks right outside with their carts. I try to be considered about the homeless situation, but this is not where I want to get a gynecological exam. When I walked in to the lobby there were at least three folks wearing sick masks, you know, those white ones that don't really keep the germs in or out. The experience was so bad that I don't even remember what I was there for. That was the last time I went to the health department.

    I live in a small town now, so it might be better but I'm still a bit afraid to check it out.

  7. I don't know wher eyou live but if there are any farm markets then that is where I would go. Also, has some AWESOME deals on organic prepared foods. This is where I get food when things get crazy or I can't make the trip to Trader Joes (45 min away but SO worth it--their prices are awesome on their brand, and they taste incredible!) or Frankferd Farms (our local wholesale food place). Also try GNC, local health food stores, Aldi (they have some good organic or all natural foods for super cheap), and Target carries some fairly good priced organic foods--some things we buy there because they are cheapest. I guess walmart does too but we don't shop there.


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