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      Pampered Chef Parent Corporation Stops Planned Parenthood Funding
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      by Steven Ertelt
      LifeNews.com Editor
      July 7, 2003

      Omaha, NE (LifeNews.com) -- On Thursday, Berkshire Hathaway, the corporation
      founded by billionaire investment guru Warren Buffet, announced that it will
      cease funding Planned Parenthood. For the pro-life advocates working at
      Pampered Chef who had been fighting the donations since the company was sold to
      Buffet's company, the decision is a full-fledged victory.

      Last fall, Berkshire Hathaway purchase Pampered Chef and just last year the
      company's foundation distributed more than $11 million to pro-abortion
      organizations, including Planned Parenthood. The foundation also made a five year, $20
      million financial commitment to International Projects Assistance Services,
      the principle maker of suction pumps used in abortions.

      Only July 3, the corporation announced it will no longer allow its
      shareholders to designate recipients of Berkshire Hathaway's charitable giving. It also
      will cease funding Buffet's personal foundation. The decisions effectively cut
      off Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion groups from receiving funding from
      the corporation or its subsidiaries.

      Under the program, Berkshire's Class A shareholders could choose up to three
      charities for Berkshire make donations to, with the size of the donation based
      on the number of shares owned.

      The company admitted the boycott was harming its Pampered Chef company and
      said the independent kitchenware representatives were hurt by not being allowed
      a say in corporate charitable giving.

      "The independent consultants that serve The Pampered Chef have no
      responsibility for what Berkshire Hathaway shareholders do, yet the careers of many of
      these consultants are now suffering because of the contributions program," the
      Berkshire Hathaway said in a statement.

      Pampered Chef representatives nationwide launched an extensive email and
      word-of-mouth lobbying effort to stop the pro-abortion contributions. Numerous
      Pampered Chef consultant quit their jobs as a result.

      Despite her $5,000-a-month sales record, Tara Siler didn't hesitate to quit
      when a fellow Chef told her about the pro-abortion donations. "It wasn't a hard
      decision because I knew what I had to do," the 30-year-old West Virginia mom.

      Cindy Coughlon, a 33-year-old Arizona mother of three, rallied
      representatives from around the country and resigned her Pampered Chef position as well.

      "[The Pampered Chef] is dedicated to promoting family life, but our money is
      dedicated to destroying life. That's not consistent," she said at the time.

      In an email to representatives regarding the decision, Doris Christopher,
      founder and chairman of Pampered Chef, said she told Buffet about the complaints
      from thousands of company representatives concerning the pro-abortion
      contributions.

      Christopher said the concerns "troubled him deeply" and Buffet understands,
      as his corporation expands, he must take into account diverse opinions about
      it.

      Christopher also said the corporation will no longer donate to Buffet's
      personal foundation.

      "Berkshire Hathaway will cease all corporate contributions of any kind to any
      non-profit organization," Christopher explained. "This means there will be no
      donations from Berkshire Hathaway to the Buffett Foundation."

      Berkshire Hathway was a longtime boycott target of Life Decisions
      International, a group that monitors corporate donations to Planned Parenthood. The
      corporation also owns Dairy Queen, See's Candies and Fruit of the Loom.

      In all, 92 corporations have ceased funding Planned Parenthood as a result of
      pro-life boycotts.

      ACTION: Contact Warren Buffett, CEO; Berkshire Hathaway Inc., 1440 Kiewit
      Plaza, Omaha, NE 68131.


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