Skip to comments.US Largest Poinsettia Farmers among Planned Parenthood's Biggest Donors
Posted on 01/16/2006 1:17:21 PM PST by wagglebee
ENCINITAS, January 16, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) Many pro-life organizations use Christmas season sales of poinsettias to raise funds, but according to a US-based researcher, so do Planned Parenthood and other abortionists in the US. James Hartline, a Christian activist in California wrote to LifeSiteNews.com warning that the poinsettias decorating the churches and homes of Christians in the US could easily originate from a family-owned business that has been supporting abortion for decades.
The Ecke Ranch in Encinitas, California, supplies 70% of all of the poinsettias sold in the United States and the Ecke family is among the most generous supporters of Planned Parenthood and long-time political activists for the abortion movement. The Ecke family features prominently in the major donors list in the fall 2005 edition of the San Diego/Riverside County Planned Parenthood Newsletter.
In November 2005, the Ecke family were present at the dedication of the new Carlsbad California Planned Parenthood facility renovation for which they had donated $250,000. In gratitude for their life-long support, the facilitys directors gave the Ecke family a catered dinner to honour them for their support of abortion.
Paul Ecke, the heir to the three-generation poinsettia empire, said of his siblings' upbringing as political abortion activists, "As children, we licked a lot of envelopes, we made a lot of phone calls, we walked door-to-door to encourage people to vote. Among those causes, he said was promoting Planned Parenthood.
In an interview today, Hartline called for a boycott of the Ecke familys poinsettias. Hartline told LifeSiteNews.com that acting on this information could take millions of dollars away from Planned Parenthood in short order.
I realize that some may think this is foolish, but it is very evident that money that Christians spend on poinsettias at Christmas is used to fund abortions.
Thank you for mentioning another arm of the ACLU.
Interesting that old bird didn't abort his kids.
Good to know. Ain't the internet great?
I knew there was a reason I didn't buy them.
Couldn't you have posted this about 2 months ago?
Thanks for the info, will pass along to archdiocise of Baltimore for future reference.
Bring this out again in November.
This is an easy boycott.
I always felt that the poinsettias surrounding my church's creche represented the slain children of Bethlehem...now I know why!
Don't they sound like a warm, loving family.
It's funny. I was raised thinking poinsettias were poisonous. Even though they were found to be safe, I still have never bought one. And now I never will. Thank you.
Thanks for the info.
Check where they were grown. We have local growers in my area of Missouri and none are imported (not sure where WalMart gets theirs however).
My self, I like the silk ones better. You have to look realy close to tell the difference.
That nips that.
I agree, I wish this information had been available in November or early December, it would have made a lot of difference in the amount of money this family has to pass on to the abortion mills.
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I get silk too, the real ones are poisonous to pets anyway.
I live 10 miles or so down the road from Encinitas, so the poinsettias here are probably from this exact farm. Sad.
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