American Life League: How Far is Too Far?

The American Life League distributed a flyer around my college campus, informing us all that we should not donate blood to the Red Cross at our annual blood drive because the American Red Cross had previously been involved with other organizations (such as Planned Parenthood) to distribute condoms and informational flyers about safe sex and STDs. My main question in this is what good will come from boycotting an establishment that, as the A.L.L. flyer stated, “may have a good purpose’? Consider everything that the American Red Cross does for people nationwide.

American Life League’s approach in all that they do is all-or-nothing. The A.L.L. opposed the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban during the Clinton Administration; accusing it of not being anti-abortion enough (it contained an exemption for instances when the mother’s life is at stake). A.L.L. stated, “Nothing else is acceptable, because nothing else will save the lives of babies,” and lobbied against the ban, taking away the votes needed in the House and the Senate. There are those who speculate this ban would have passed in Congress had it not been for A.L.L.’s lobbying against it. I personally feel that saving some life is more important than saving no life at all, but perhaps I am completely alone in my views.

Keeping consistent with their all-or-nothing policy, they’ve decided that despite the millions of lives saved by the Red Cross, and all the charity and relief services they have provided and do provide currently, the American Red Cross should be boycotted because the worked with Planned Parenthood to try and teach people about safe sex and STDs.

This flyer also made the claim that: “Condoms are 100% ineffective against Chlamydia.” That statement is false. The New York State Department of Health, Arnot Ogden Medical Center, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the National Institutes of Health all agree that: “You can reduce your chances of getting chlamydia or of giving it to your partner by using male latex condoms correctly every time you have sexual intercourse.” It seems that accuracy isn’t priority one with A.L.L.

In fact, if you share American Life League’s all-or-nothing policy, here are some other companies and organizations you should be avoiding:

  • American Express
  • AT&T
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • Liz Claiborne
  • Disney
  • ABC
  • General Foods
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kraft Foods
  • Loews
  • Paramont
  • Pepsico
  • Pillsbury
  • Quaker Oats
  • Reebok
  • Target
  • Wal-Mart

All these companies, in some way or another, support Planned Parenthood, NARAL, NOW, or one of their state affiliates. After all, American Life League, to exclude just one organization for its connections to the abortive industry and not exclude all of them would be hypocritical, and perhaps demonstates hidden agendas.

So I hope you will keep this in mind in case the American Life League ever tries to raise donations from you, or if you hear them tearing down other pro-life organizations (which they tend to do if you read their press releases: American Life League has carefully and skillfully assumed a role that hinders the pro-life movement rather than one that helps it. Remember, just because it has “life” in its title, doesn’t mean it saves any.

2 thoughts on “American Life League: How Far is Too Far?

  1. I, however, never write anything interesting or important. Here I will write something.

    Abortion is legal. The main argument is that "it is the woman's body and she should do what she wants with it." So why is prostitution illegal? With the abortion issue, you can claim "no it's not her body, it's the *baby's* body and is therefore murder." Obviously there is much controversy and debate about that, BUT prostitution is most definitely the woman's body. There is no controversy about *that*. If abortion is legal, prostitution should be legal.

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