Chili's Cancels Planned Parenthood Promotion After Complaints
The restaurant chain Chili's has come under fire from pro-life advocates for a promotion that donates a portion of customers' pre-tax bills to Planned Parenthood facilities in Indiana and Kentucky.
In a since-deleted Facebook post by Planned Parenthood in those states, the voucher reads:
"Bring this voucher when you visit (dine in or to go) the Chili's location identified below and 15% of your pre-tax purchase will benefit: Planned Parenthood of IN & KY."
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The promotion - since cancelled - began on Jan. 1 and is set to continue until March 31, according to the voucher.
Chili's was also involved with a campaign to fund Planned Parenthood in California in 2011.
A location in Sacramento scheduled a fundraiser to benefit Planned Parenthood but canceled the event after facing intense backlash.
UPDATE, 2:05pm ET: Chili's said in a statement to Fox News that the event, set up by an independent franchise partner, has since been canceled.
At Chili’s, we have a longstanding history and take pride in giving back to unite our local communities together. We recognize every community is unique, and encourage our restaurant managers and franchise partners to support causes that help bring communities together and leave a positive impact on our valued Guests, neighbors, friends and families we serve.
Yesterday, we learned that an independent franchise partner of Chili’s in Indiana and Kentucky made the decision to host a Chili’sGive Back Event on behalf of Planned Parenthood Indiana and Kentucky. While our franchise partner had the best intentions; we have received growing feedback and concern from community members regarding the Give Back Event. This feedback does not reflect Chili’s focus on bringing communities together and the event was never intended to be viewed as a partisan event or political statement, therefore we, along with our franchise partner, have decided to cancel the event.
We will more clearly communicate the focus of Chili’s charitable giving efforts, so that our restaurant managers and franchise partners can feel empowered to support local organizations that bring communities together.