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US Largest Poinsettia Farmers among Planned Parenthood's Biggest Donors
LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/16/06 | Hilary White

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 facility’s 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 family’s poinsettias. Hartline told LifeSiteNews.com that acting on this information could “take millions of dollars away” from Planned Parenthood in short order.


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If they are growing 70% of the poinsettias in the country, then it is a pretty good bet that anybody who buys them is contributing to the culture of death.
1 posted on 01/16/2006 1:17:23 PM PST by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

ugh


2 posted on 01/16/2006 1:18:51 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." Pope JPII)
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To: cpforlife.org; Mr. Silverback; cgk; little jeremiah; NYer; narses; Coleus
Ping!

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.

3 posted on 01/16/2006 1:19:18 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Thank you for mentioning another arm of the ACLU.


4 posted on 01/16/2006 1:20:02 PM PST by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: wagglebee
Well, taking the poinsettias off my list for the future.

Interesting that old bird didn't abort his kids.

5 posted on 01/16/2006 1:22:57 PM PST by muawiyah (-)
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To: wagglebee

Good to know. Ain't the internet great?


6 posted on 01/16/2006 1:26:02 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: wagglebee

I knew there was a reason I didn't buy them.


7 posted on 01/16/2006 1:26:22 PM PST by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: wagglebee

Couldn't you have posted this about 2 months ago?


8 posted on 01/16/2006 1:27:28 PM PST by proudpapa (of three.)
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To: Lorianne

Thanks for the info, will pass along to archdiocise of Baltimore for future reference.


9 posted on 01/16/2006 1:27:44 PM PST by icwhatudo (The rino borg...is resistance futile?)
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To: wagglebee

Bring this out again in November.

Seriously.

This is an easy boycott.


10 posted on 01/16/2006 1:29:00 PM PST by MeanWestTexan (Many at FR would respond to Christ "Darn right, I'll cast the first stone!")
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To: wagglebee; TonyRo76

I always felt that the poinsettias surrounding my church's creche represented the slain children of Bethlehem...now I know why!


11 posted on 01/16/2006 1:29:30 PM PST by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be exorcised.)
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To: wagglebee

Don't they sound like a warm, loving family.


12 posted on 01/16/2006 1:34:29 PM PST by kimosabe31
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To: wagglebee

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.


13 posted on 01/16/2006 1:35:59 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the info.


14 posted on 01/16/2006 1:38:23 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Tagline Repair Service. Let us fix those broken Taglines. Inquire within(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: cgk

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).


15 posted on 01/16/2006 1:41:04 PM PST by phil1750 (Love like you've never been hurt;Dance like nobody's watching;PRAY like it's your last prayer)
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To: wagglebee

My self, I like the silk ones better. You have to look realy close to tell the difference.
That nips that.


16 posted on 01/16/2006 1:42:55 PM PST by buck61 (luv6060)
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To: proudpapa; MeanWestTexan

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.


17 posted on 01/16/2006 1:43:48 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee; AbsoluteGrace; afraidfortherepublic; Alamo-Girl; AlbionGirl; anniegetyourgun; ...

Pro-Life/Pro-Baby ping!

Please FReepmail me if you would like to be added to, or removed from, this ping list...

18 posted on 01/16/2006 1:44:22 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: buck61

I get silk too, the real ones are poisonous to pets anyway.


19 posted on 01/16/2006 1:45:16 PM PST by To Hell With Poverty (I don't think I'm half as good as I know I really am.)
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To: phil1750

I live 10 miles or so down the road from Encinitas, so the poinsettias here are probably from this exact farm. Sad.


20 posted on 01/16/2006 1:45:29 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: cgk
I grew up thinking they were poisonous and therefore dangerous with small children or pets around, so we never had them.

It was just something that I'd never even thought about buying until I got married and my wife brought one home. We don't have kids or pets so it didn't bother me. Now I know that we will never have one again unless I can somehow determine where it was grown.

21 posted on 01/16/2006 1:46:20 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee
I grew up thinking they were poisonous and therefore dangerous with small children or pets around, so we never had them.

Exactly! I think I was even at the grocery this past Christmas and saw them on sale - red and white - and told my oldest daughter I didn't want one at home around our 3 year old because they're poisonous. It's stuck in my craw I guess... which seems to be a good thing after reading this.

22 posted on 01/16/2006 1:50:43 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: wagglebee

Do the manufacturers of wire coat hangers also contribute to the culture of death?


23 posted on 01/16/2006 1:54:28 PM PST by TinkersDam
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To: wagglebee

The irony is sickening.


24 posted on 01/16/2006 2:01:36 PM PST by AmericanChef
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To: TinkersDam

Is that a joke, or are you serious?


25 posted on 01/16/2006 2:06:19 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: phil1750

It could be that the little starter or parent piece of the Missouri plants come from Ecke's if it is indeed providing 70% of the country's plants. I think they're propogated by rooting from a piece, but I'm not positive...


26 posted on 01/16/2006 2:15:59 PM PST by luckymom (Forget the baby whales, save the baby humans.)
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To: wagglebee

I guess it's not just the plants that are poisonous...


27 posted on 01/16/2006 2:16:45 PM PST by luckymom (Forget the baby whales, save the baby humans.)
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To: luckymom; cgk

CGK says that it has been determined that they aren't actually poisonous if eaten. However, buying them has been partly responsible for over 20 million infants being slaughtered over the past 33 years.


28 posted on 01/16/2006 2:19:49 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: vpintheak

I never did buy them, they always die on me anyway.


29 posted on 01/16/2006 2:20:33 PM PST by RockinRight ("It's as if all the brain-damaged people in America got together and formed a voting bloc" - Coulter)
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To: wagglebee; luckymom

I found this, since everyone seems to trust Snopes:
http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/poinsettia.asp,
when trying to find another reference on "poisonous" poinsettias. My mom is a master gardner, so she was my original source.


30 posted on 01/16/2006 2:32:27 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: wagglebee

Yikes! I'll never buy them again!


31 posted on 01/16/2006 2:34:38 PM PST by tiredoflaundry (I'll admit it , I'm a Snow Flake !)
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To: TonyRo76; wagglebee

At least one local nursery run by a Freeper http://www.gdnctr.com refuses to buy from this outfit.


33 posted on 01/16/2006 2:59:31 PM PST by lightman (The Office of the Keys should be exercised as some ministry needs to be exorcised.)
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To: wagglebee

I bought a couple some years ago from a kid who was doing a fund raiser. They were the most beautiful pointsettas i'd ever seen. I could never find any as nice as those since, so I haven't gotten them. Hubby doesn't like them anyway, so that's the end of that I suppose.


35 posted on 01/16/2006 3:12:15 PM PST by jocon307 (The Silent Majority - silent no longer)
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To: cgk
Your comma at the end of Snopes' URL renders the link useless. Maybe the mods could fix it?
36 posted on 01/16/2006 3:13:14 PM PST by steveo (No Anchovies? You've got the wrong man, I spell my name steveo...)
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To: muawiyah

Same here I have three poinsettia in my home right now. They will not get any of my money next Christmas.


37 posted on 01/16/2006 3:17:09 PM PST by mware (The keeper of the I's once again.)
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To: steveo

Oops, sorry about that! I'll post it again - as I think all the mods can do is pull the post anyway.

http://www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/poinsettia.asp


38 posted on 01/16/2006 3:25:54 PM PST by cgk (I don't see myself as a conservative. I see myself as a religious, right-wing, wacko extremist.)
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To: wagglebee

Sounds like an opportunity for a pro-life floral grower! Get into the poinsettia market and get your product out there!


40 posted on 01/16/2006 3:33:28 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: wagglebee

I am glad I got the ones I gave as gifts at the farmer's market.


41 posted on 01/16/2006 3:34:03 PM PST by nickcarraway (I'm Only Alive, Because a Judge Hasn't Ruled I Should Die...)
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To: TinkersDam

No. Since no abortions take place that way.


42 posted on 01/16/2006 3:38:40 PM PST by ElkGroveDan (California bashers will be called out)
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To: wagglebee

Let me know if the day ever comes when I can buy these things again. Until then, this is too easy not to boycott.


43 posted on 01/16/2006 3:41:49 PM PST by Diago (http://www.margaretsanger.blogspot.com)
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To: little jeremiah; thompsonsjkc; odoso; animoveritas; mercygrace; Laissez-faire capitalist; ...

Moral absolutes ping.


44 posted on 01/16/2006 4:36:48 PM PST by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Coleus
"This man needs to be freeped."

If one is going to freep anyone, it's much better to target the enemy, than a friend.

45 posted on 01/16/2006 4:53:46 PM PST by TAdams8591 (The first amendment does NOT protect vulgar and obscene speech.)
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To: Coleus
Who said he was a friend? I have no problem targetting him.

I know people on this board who have targeted friends, just because they slightly disagree. I am glad to see someone targetting REAL enemies

47 posted on 01/16/2006 5:13:20 PM PST by TAdams8591 (The first amendment does NOT protect vulgar and obscene speech.)
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To: Coleus

: )


49 posted on 01/16/2006 5:29:43 PM PST by TAdams8591 (The first amendment does NOT protect vulgar and obscene speech.)
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To: wagglebee

Texas grows a lot of poinsettias. I will look into whether these growers are affiliated with the Ecke family's enterprise.


50 posted on 01/16/2006 5:31:33 PM PST by kittymyrib
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