Fargo Forum Won’t Print List Of Businesses Donating To Abortion Rally

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The Fargo Forum picked up on a SAB guest post from Concerned Women for America director Janne Myrdal concerning a fundraiser for North Dakota’s only abortion clinic was sponsored, according to the organizers, by a number of Fargo-area businesses.

The angle Forum reporter Patrick Springer chose for his piece suggests that the boycott Myrdal and her group called for would be ineffective. His article features quotes from the owner of a “counterculture” store to back that narrative up, but what’s interesting is that the Forum also didn’t publish the list of businesses the organizers posted on their Facebook page:

The Forum isn’t publishing the list of donors because it couldn’t independently confirm each of the businesses donated. The list could still be found Friday afternoon on the Facebook page for the Red River Women’s Clinic Benefit.

The Forum couldn’t verify all of them, but they contacted at least some of them (who offered explanations for the donations with varying degrees of plausibility), and it’s newsworthy to note the businesses the organizers claim contributed.

If the organizers are lying – and they very well good be – doesn’t that speak to their credibility?

After all, this was a charitable event where people were to donate money to a specific cause. But problems with how the money is spent aren’t at all unusual to these sorts of causes and fundraisers. If the organizers aren’t being honest about who sponsored the event, are they being honest about where the money is going?

Anyway, you can see the list of businesses in the original post. The list was obtain from what the organizers of the event posted on Facebook.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • Camburn

    The concept of even publishing the business names is foolish. The quest to end abortion needs to start in the home. The idea that passing laws will do it works for those who buy bridges sold in Brooklyn. The huge waste of dollars going to court via the bills passed by the 2013 ND Legislature is deplorable. I have yet to see the dollars pouring in to the defense fund….as many supporters said would happen so that the net cost to the state would be zero.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      It’s not foolish. It’s information, and the public should know.

    • conservativemom

      Really? The HuffPo just published a list of the companies that still do business with Paula Deen and all she did was say a word that african-americans say every day – and she did it over 10 years ago. So why wouldn’t we publish a list of companies that support the dismemberment and murder of tiny children?

      • sbark

        30 yrs ago………and during all that time, the American Left retained Robert KKK Byrd as a USA Senator……..

        • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

          “I know now I was wrong. Intolerance had no place in America. I apologized a thousand times… and I don’t mind apologizing over and over again. I can’t erase what happened.”

          Robert Byrd

          • sbark

            big woop……. for 50 years the Dem’cat party voted him in………..and the vast majority of that time was before he apologized……..Byrd, Al Gore Sr, and Bill Clintons Ark mentor almost singlehandlely stopped the Civil rights bill………..it took GOP action to get r’ done…….
            I’d say Robert Byrd and the Dem’cat party actions in placing generational welfare on the backs of Americas poor is worse than their actions via the KKK………..I’ve yet to hear an Dem’cat apologize for the welfare society

          • ellinas1

            Don’t forget S. Thurmond and the rest…..

          • Onslaught1066

            Damn! I look good.

            Robert Byrd

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  • whatshernameagain

    You all are grasping at straws. I could give you a list of pro-birth, anti-women businesses but I don’t need to sink to your level of sludge. Move on already.

    • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

      You really think a list like that would do any harm?

      That you describe it as “sinking” illustrates that supporting abortion is a detriment.

    • joeb

      How can being pro-birth be anti-women if 51% of births are female?

      • http://sayanythingblog.com Rob

        Please, let’s not confuse her.

      • NoDakNative

        Not to mention that women are frequently aborted for their gender.

    • sbark

      That’s is the pattern that happened in Calif after the Prop 8 vote. The Left obtained a donar list to Prop 8 and worked very hard at the destruction of a lot of those business’s……
      ……….why not be consistent and publish the list here, after doing some journalism and confirm donations to the abortion site…….don’t you feel the citizens are intelligent enough to make an informed decision?
      but we cannot trust the people can we………it has to come down to judicial action ala Roe Wade, ……….a handful of guys in judicial robes, stacked by the left, need to be able to push this country in the direction that fits the lefts ideology.

  • conservativemom

    I saw the list and there is only one place I have ever set foot in. Most of these places that donated are dives. I certainly won’t ever go back to the HoDo, however.

  • kevindf

    The HODO denies it.

  • Kris

    I’m happy to see a list of names, that way I know which businesses to support.

    • cattledog

      U support murder? We are all impressed. Isn’t it funny? Everyone that supports this type of killing were themselves not aborted. Amazing isn’t it?

      • sbark

        …….its the Chelsea Clinton Syndrom……….
        She was lamenting her grandmother didn’t have access to planned parenthood, but couldn’t equate that in her perverse logic, that it would’ve meant Hillary nor her would be walking this earth…….

        • two_amber_lamps

          HAD there been a “Margaret Sanger PROGRESSIVE facility for the betterment of a liberal Amerikkka” (aka abortion mill)… ol’ Ma Dorthy Rodham may have done future generations some good instead of delivering the pox upon us that is Comrade Hillary.

          Reads like a Terminator movie plot…

          I guess we’ll just have to put up with her and her death cult chronically afflicted w/ cognitive dissonance aka “liberalism or democrats.”

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    I’m happy to say I’ve only ever been in one of those businesses. I spent $12.50 there, and it was before the fundraiser.

    I’m totally in favor of the list being printed, but I wonder what the policy of the Fargo Forum is. Do they print these lists for other things? For example, would they list the businesses that donate to a tea party rally or a Christian rally? If they don’t list the businesses in these cases either, then I don’t see the problem this time: it is consistent with their policy.

    Actually, one fear I would have were I a business owner is that my business might be listed in error. I actually prefer anonymous donation when possible, even for things which are not controversial.

  • Sky Rider

    Just went back and checked the list, the only one we’ve ever visited is the Fargo Theater. Easy enough to not go there.

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