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Local Waitrose supporting anti-abortion charity

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WaitroseSucks Mon 27-Oct-14 17:00:11

Waitrose gives shoppers tokens to drop into collecting points to support local charities. My local Waitrose is currently supporting a 'pregnancy counselling service'. I checked the 'charity's' website, which has all the usual guff about offering 'impartial advice', then checked their parent company and discovered that it's run by these guys.

AIBU to think Waitrose should check the credentials of 'charities' before collecting on their behalf? I imagine there would be outrage if Waitrose openly supported a charity like Abortion Rights, whose name does what it says on the tin.

Have tried to contact someone at my local store, but relevant person is 'away until Wednesday'. Meanwhile the collection points will continue to operate and unwary shoppers will be supporting a 'charity' that is concealing its true agenda.

Have name changed for this, but am MN regular.

MaidOfStars Mon 27-Oct-14 17:01:39


CatKisser Mon 27-Oct-14 17:03:02

Not good. I agree wrt Twitter.

aprilanne Mon 27-Oct-14 17:03:13

i don,t think this is wise .people feel very passionaetly about this /no matter what side you on .

alemci Mon 27-Oct-14 17:03:15

is it such a bad thing?

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Mon 27-Oct-14 17:05:37

Waitrose is probably completely unaware. For a lot of the local causes they support they may not be able to do many checks. I wouldn't be fobbed off, speak to manager if right person is unavailable or go through head -office or something?

5madthings Mon 27-Oct-14 17:05:45

Eek i think someone will be in trouble when they realise what they have done. They should have checked out the charities more thoroughly.

Give them a chance to reply maybe but then yes Twitter/fb or contact waitrose head office

Aeroflotgirl Mon 27-Oct-14 17:05:47

Would it be any different if it was a pro abortion charity!

MaidOfStars Mon 27-Oct-14 17:05:58

These people have been secretly filmed and found to be spreading the most terrible lies about abortion.

CatKisser Mon 27-Oct-14 17:06:22

Yes, Alcemi I think it is a bad thing.
The centres came under criticism in another investigation by The Daily Telegraph when some counsellors were filmed undercover claiming abortions would increase chances of breast cancer and could predispose women to becoming child sexual abusers

MaidOfStars Mon 27-Oct-14 17:07:10

could predispose women to becoming child sexual abusers

Oh yes, that was a particularly horrific exchange.

ILovePud Mon 27-Oct-14 17:07:24

I think it's inappropriate if this charity has a hidden agenda and a track record of giving misleading information to women. Good on you for looking into this OP, I'd take this higher and e-mail Waitrose Head office.

WaitroseSucks Mon 27-Oct-14 17:07:39

is it such a bad thing?

Yes, it's a 'bad thing'.
The 'charity' is describing itself as a counselling service when it has an anti-abortion agenda.
My point is that Waitrose probably wouldn't have a collection for 'pro-choice' so why have one for the anti-abortion brigade?

alemci Mon 27-Oct-14 17:08:01

like what Maid? i know it is a contentious issue

WaitroseSucks Mon 27-Oct-14 17:08:53

Would it be any different if it was a pro abortion charity!

What is a 'pro-abortion' charity?
Do you mean 'pro-choice'?
Could you use less offensive terminology if so?

MaidOfStars Mon 27-Oct-14 17:08:57

...something to do with having already degraded the normal female-child relationship (by electing for a termination), you would begin to lose sight of other adult-child boundaries, such as not punching them or not sexually assaulting them hmm

WaitroseSucks Mon 27-Oct-14 17:09:41

I have tweeted by the way. And written on Waitrose facebook page.

WaitroseSucks Mon 27-Oct-14 17:10:52

i know it is a contentious issue

It is precisely because it is a contentious issue that Waitrose should NOT be supporting it. Unless, of course, they're willing to collect for Abortion Rights next week, which I'd happily support BTW.

alemci Mon 27-Oct-14 17:13:45

i have never heard of that train of thought and I do move in christian circles to a certain extent.

i remember CARE when I went to Spring Harvest 20 years' ago.

i agree the charity should be impartial.

CatKisser Mon 27-Oct-14 17:14:04

That is horrifically twisted line of thought to give to a vulnerable woman, Maid. Would be interested to know how Waitrose respond.

aprilanne Mon 27-Oct-14 17:14:13

i suppose they are a charity non the less and maybe waitrose cant discriminate just because they are a pro life group .maybe not clever but they are allowed there views and an awfull lot of people hold the same views

BuckskinnedAstronaut Mon 27-Oct-14 17:14:21

^Yes, it's a 'bad thing'.
The 'charity' is describing itself as a counselling service when it has an anti-abortion agenda^

But the link you posted said that some centres were impartial and gave good unbiased advice and it was only some that were giving out misleading information.

Is this appeal for one local centre in particular? (I'm guessing yes, given that Waitrose supports local charities). Do you know specifically which group it fell into?

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Mon 27-Oct-14 17:14:25

Of course Waitrose should not be supporting these people.

ghostyslovesheep Mon 27-Oct-14 17:15:44

counselling with an agenda has the potential to be massively damaging - of course it matters

alemci Mon 27-Oct-14 17:16:51

but are you upset because the charity is connected to a christian organisation whatever the charity supported.

you are right though Waitrose haven't thought this through

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