I said I never would write about this topic…but here I am. Since the outbreak of the HSS mandate Planned Parenthood has been in the news/media a lot. A lot of this talk involves people talking about who is and isn’t supporting them. While talking to a friend she asked me “How far is too far?” in terms of choosing who we do and do not support.
My friend mentioned to an aquaintance that she took her children to Olive Garden for a celebratory end of the school year lunch. The aquaintance then made my friend feel guilty for going to Olive Garden because they donate to Planned Parenthood.
As our discussion continued we were trying to decide how far is too far? Are we willing to live in an igloo at the North Pole in order to not support Planned Parenthood or any other organization we don’t agree with? I’m sorry but I’m not willing to make those kinds of sacrifices. I like eating out and I like going to Disney World.
One way I try and look at things is even though many of these companies like Disney World donate to organizations we may not agree with but they do so many things for others in need. Look at the Make A Wish Foundation. How many families are given free tickets to Disney World? Look at the Box Tops for Education Program? There is a lot of good going on in these corporations that is helping the world.
Here is another way to look at it. If you eat at Billy Joe’s Barbecue that is INDEPENDENTLY/PRIVATELY owned. Billie Joe doesn’t have to report where his money goes. You may go to Billie Joe’s BBQ to avoid xyz restaurant chain that donates to PP. However, no one knows what Billie Joe does with his profits. Billie Joe may send all his money to “Kill babies now!” or another organization you don’t like. The same thing can happen at any restaurant. If you go to a restaurant you leave a tip. What the waiter/waitress DOES with that tip you don’t know.
In the end we can only do so much to help others without going crazy. Instead try volunteering your time at a women’s shelter or a food bank. Or donate to your favorite charity. There are THOUSANDS of awesome charities out there. You can even donate to charities through Superpoints and earn points at the same time. It’s a win-win!