The following is from a Facebook message sent out on October 17, 2008, to members of Stop Planned Parenthood, regarding the Knights of Columbus of Indiana and a protest against a supporter of Planned Parenthood.

“Please join the Indiana Knights of Columbus and other concerned citizens of Indianapolis in speaking out against one of Planned Parenthood’s local supporters.

Please see the following release from IN Right to Life for details:

National City Bank
facing protest this Saturday

The Indiana Knights of Columbus will coordinate a peaceful and prayerful protest of National City Bank this Saturday, October 18, over concerns related to National City Bank’s support for Indiana’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The event will be held from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at the NCB Building located at 101 West Washington Street in Indianapolis.

During the event, several Knights of Columbus members will be closing their bank accounts with National City.

Earlier this year, National City Bank was touted as a major corporate sponsor of Planned Parenthood of Indiana’s “Gathering of Goddesses and Gods” fundraiser held in Indianapolis. The event reportedly raised more the $200,000.

In its most recent annual report, Planned Parenthood of Indiana acknowledges that it did 5,160 abortions in 2007, roughly half of all abortions done in Indiana.

An event flyer distributed by the Indiana Knights of Columbus states, “As consumers, we have a right to demand that the companies we do business with follow our ethical values. Should these companies choose to do otherwise, we will take our business elsewhere.”

“We are aware of many individuals who have contacted National City Bank to object to its funding for an organization that destroys human life,” states Indiana Right to Life president and CEO Mike Fichter. “Unfortunately, National City Bank has made no indication that it will discontinue its support for Planned Parenthood. We applaud the Indiana Knights of Columbus for taking this bold public stand.”

Mike Nygra of the Indiana Knights of Columbus may be reached at nygra@sbcglobal.net.