Thursday, November 24, 2005

Pro-Lifers to Picket American Girl Store

UPDATE - Sunday, November 27, 2005 - I haven't found any MSM coverage of the demonstration. Rightwing coverage and pictures are here.

Pro-lifers are apparently going to make good on their threat to hold a demonstration outside the American Girl store in Chicago. The demonstration will be held on the busiest shopping day of the year - the day after Thanksgiving.

The Pro-Life Action League has called for a Christmas boycott of American Girl dolls in response to the company's association with Girls, Inc.

American Girl is donating $50,000 - from the sale of its "I Can" wristbands - to Girls, Inc. The nonprofit, Girls Inc., is guilty of radical actions such as providing "after-school and summer programs to girls, including underprivileged ones, for decades." The nonprofit supports birth control and choice. Girls Inc., even supports girls who are lesbian or bisexual [gasp].

Some pro-lifers have threatened to bring their graphic signs to the children's store. Pro-life women will bring their daughters to the demonstration. The girls will carry "Girls For Life" signs.

Pro Life Action League Press Release:

Pro-Life Group to Picket American Girl Place in Chicago

Contact: Ann Scheidler of the Pro-Life Action League, 773-777-2900, 312-965-1030 cell,

CHICAGO, Nov. 23, /Christian Wire Service/ -- The Pro-Life Action League will lead a picket by parents and their daughters at American Girl Place in Chicago on Friday, November 25, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, in protest of American Girl's ties to the pro-abortion advocacy group, Girls Incorporated.

"The day after Thanksgiving is the busiest shopping day of the year," said League Executive Director Ann Scheidler. "Our picket will reach thousands of shoppers on Chicago's Magnificent Mile with the unfortunate news that American Girl is funding Girls Inc., a group that strongly advocates abortion."

The demonstration will include many pro-life girls disappointed that American Girl doesn't care about the 1,800 baby girls aborted each day in this country. They will picket American Girl Place holding "Girls for Life" signs -- along with their Samantha, Kit, Molly and other American Girl dolls, each holding her own miniature picket sign. . . .

Pro-lifers may actually be promoting a boom in sales of American Girl dolls. According to Business Wire, "..American Girl dolls and accessories appear to be the "It' kids toy of the season. Over the past 30 days, nearly 23,000 American Girl items have been sold on -- a rate of one every two minutes."

You can support American Girl and Girls Inc. by purchasing the "I Can" wristbands. American Girl dolls make great Christmas gifts, or you can donate to Girls, Inc.

Hat tips to the Progressive Daily Beacon and Mission Critical

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