October Baby causes controversy in public arena

Abortion is a controversial topic for many Americans. In the new faith-based movie, “October Baby”, the main themes of pro-life and forgiveness are presented in a Biblical way.

The movie grossed more than $1.7 million in its first weekend with a limited release of less than 400 theaters. Additionally, the movie made more than $3.5 million in two weeks, and has now grossed over $4 million since its opening.  The producers of “October Baby” have assigned 10 percent of the profits of the movie to the Every Life is Beautiful Fund, which will distribute funds to front line organizations helping women facing crisis pregnancies, life-affirming adoption agencies, and those caring for orphans.

However, some groups are protesting the movie’s pro-life and Christian themes. The National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL) has a petition to the CEO of Sony “to make sure he knows that his company is putting out a movie that is funding deception.” They assert that the money is going to “anti-choice groups that deceive women.”

Last month, a Planned Parenthood group in California launched a campaign for “40 Days of Prayer” FOR abortion in response to a biannual 40 Days for Life Campaign. The event was scheduled to occur from March 18 to April 27 “and includes several gatherings ‘in celebration of women and reproductive rights.”

According to LifeSiteNews.com, the 40 Days for Life Campaign has successfully “[saved] at least 5,838 children from abortion, [closed] 22 abortion clinics, and [prompted] 69 providers to walk away from abortion work since its inception in 2007.”

The Planned Parenthood campaign is attempting to mimic this campaign, but use it for a pro-choice agenda. Further, there are different prayers for each of the 40 days, including “Day 14, a prayer for ‘Christians everywhere to embrace the loving model of Jesus in the way he refused to shame women,’ and Day 38, for ‘a cloud of gentleness to surround every abortion facility. May everyone feel calm and loving.’”

What does this mean for Faith Driven Consumers?

The cultural battle on the sanctity of life may continue for a long time. However, we should recognize and support “October Baby” for the Christian worldview on abortion and its support of life affirming ministries through the Every Life is Beautiful fund.  If you have not seen “October Baby”, find a theater near you and go today.

While we should be active supporters of pro-life politicians, companies, and organizations, we need to remember we have a voice too. As Faith Driven Consumers, we need to make sure  we use our voice by banding together for the things we believe in. This can be done every day by thinking “faith-first,” when we buy and consume from companies and organizations that support pro-life agendas. By buying from these companies and organizations, we are showing the marketplace  we only want to buy from brands that consider our Christian beliefs.

Make sure to check out our company reviews at www.reviews.faithdrivenconsumer.org to find out what companies are supporting a pro-life agenda.

Organizations support Planned Parenthood

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Out of all of the fall colors you see from the foliage, you may notice a bright color sticking out amongst the rest–pink! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As you may have noticed, everyday items in stores are marked with pink ribbons, signifying a donation to a breast cancer research foundation.

October is breast cancer awareness month. These pink ribbons are seen on many products and in several stores as part of your money goes to help fight breast cancer.

Among the most popular breast cancer research foundations is Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Created in 1982, the Susan G. Komen foundation has invested more than $1.9 billion the breast cancer awareness movement. Its advocacy has been supported generously with contributions from corporate sponsors and donations.

For many, Susan, G. Komen offers hope to those with breast cancer, but as Christians we should be concerned about where the foundation places its contributions.

According to LifeNews.com, just last year Susan G. Komen gave $700,000 to Planned Parenthood–the largest abortion provider in the country. The foundation released a statement in June 2011 saying “Komen funding is used exclusively to provide breast cancer programs, including clinical breast exams conducted by trained medical personnel.”

Further, the Susan G. Komen mission states that it is to ‘help save lives by increasing screening rates among all populations of women across the U.S. and around the world. As long as there is a need for health care for vulnerable populations, Komen will fund the facilities that can best meet those needs.’

While this seems like an appropriate response for those worried about where the money is going, Faith Driven Consumers still need to be concerned. Every time you buy something with the pink ribbon that gives proceeds to Susan G. Komen, you are helping fund a part of Planned Parenthood services.

Here are some quick facts about Planned Parenthood’s breast health services:

  • Planned Parenthood does not offer mammograms.
  • Planned Parenthood provides breast exams with a doctor.
  • Planned Parenthood provides education/information about breast cancer: signs, treatments, etc.
  • If the doctor feels a mammogram is necessary, they provide a referral.

Though Susan G. Komen for the Cure believes that giving to Planned Parenthood will provide women breast health services, Planned Parenthood is the primary provider of abortions.

Another philanthropic organization that also supports Planned Parenthood is United Way. While United Way is an organization dedicated to using community support to further the lives and common good of people, some United Way groups have donated to Planned Parenthood.

In a statement provided by United Way, it has taken a neutral position on the issue of abortion so as to not detract from the mission and goals of the organization. United Way maintains that the money does not go to fund or support abortions, but rather to help the well-being of the people through “community health maintenance, e.g. communicable disease prevention; medical care service; family planning; health education; public awareness services; and family preservation and strengthening services, e.g. counseling and family life education.”

While United Way may not directly support abortion services through Planned Parenthood, it is providing money to them in other ways which frees up Planned Parenthood’s resources to spend more toward abortion services.

Is giving to Planned Parenthood still justified in your mind?

Mother Teresa said, ‘America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts — a child — as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters.’

Some organizations are currently speaking out against Planned Parenthood and abortion. Lila Rose is president of Live Action, a youth-led, pro-life movement for human rights. Abby Johnson, a former employee at Planned Parenthood also speaks out against the organization in her book unPlanned. The National Black Pro-Life Coalition is an organization that wants to ‘end abortion by restoring a culture of Life and the Foundation of family in the black community.’

As Faith Driven Consumers, we need to speak out against giving to Planned Parenthood and support organizations that are advocating for the lives of the unborn. We encourage you to do some research and find breast cancer foundations that you believe are faith-friendly and give to organizations you can support.

Please look at our company reviews to see which companies are giving to United Way, Susan G. Komen or Planned Parenthood.

Testimonial from the Values Voter Summit

Our intern, Addy Haseltine, recently went to Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C. She speaks of her experience in this post:

Washington D.C. is one of my favorite places–having spent a good portion of my childhood (up until I was ten) in the area, the monuments and the streets never get old.

Now that I live in Raleigh, North Carolina, the pace of life is completely different;and coming back to D.C. to visit family always brings a shock for me. It is inevitable that going to DC now I will see people begging for food, business people shuffling by, and gay pride flags hanging from most of the stores on a street. Has the city changed or have I grown up?

Well, it is both. The once pinnacle of American freedom has become a place of sin and frivolous politics. The ‘change’ we were promised was a broken promise, and Americans are demanding  honesty and moral values from our leaders. But, where are these leaders?

I believe the future leaders of America were at the Values Voter Summit.

Presidential runners Rick Perry, Herman Cain and Rick Santorum spoke out against the moral decline of America and the broken promises coming from the White House. In Glenn Beck’s address to Values Voter, he said that Americans need to put their money where there heart is and go back to their places of worship if we want to see change in America.

Laura Ingram spoke of her children and the future they will have in American should we continue down this path. This really stuck with me throughout my time at VVS.

As a college student, Values Voter Summit brought about many opportunities, including a student mixer. While I was at the mixer, it was inspiring to see how many young people held the same values as me. In that room, I met the future leaders of America.

A recent graduate of UCLA, Lila Rose, spoke out against abortion and Planned Parenthood. She has started a movement among young people across America. Jason Mattera, author of Obama Zombies: How the Liberal Machine Brainwashed My Generation, is creating a political movement among young conservative to challenge and question liberal leaders with videos he calls ‘ambush interviews.’

I think Americans need to wake up and realize that the future of America is in our youth. My generation will one day lead America. This generation needs our leaders and adults to stand up for biblical values–the values of the family, honesty, dignity, and morals–or else our country will fail to stand for the freedom I knew when I was little.

I encourage you, as a Faith Driven Consumer, to stand up for the youth of America by voting in the presidential nomination and election for a leader you know will uphold the values of Christians. America needs a president who will defend the Faith Driven Consumer Biblical worldview.