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Chili's discontinues giving a portion of its profits to Planned Parenthood after backlash

Chili's latest menu item, Dan Marks' creation at one of the restaurant's Washington area locations on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 in Springfield, Va. Marks beat out three other home chefs during the premiere episode of TNT's new cooking competition series, "On The Menu." Chili's chefs flipped the burger from the TV to the table overnight; the "Winning TNT Craft Burger" became an instant hit, appearing on more that 1,200 Chili's menus across the country on Oct. 4, 2014 the day after the episode aired. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Chili's)

Just yesterday, TheBlaze reported that the chain restaurant known as Chili's in the states of Indiana and Kentucky were working in conjunction with Planned Parenthood to offer vouchers that allow customers to give 15% of their bill to the abortion giant.

It would seem that the response from customers was so negative that the chain has now discontinued the promotion, and taken down the voucher from Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky's Facebook page.

TheBlaze received a statement from Chili's, saying that it was not their intent to divide communities, and that the event was "never intended to be viewed as a partisan event or political statement."

At Chili’s, we have a longstanding history and take pride in giving back to unite our local communities together. We recognize every community is unique, and encourage our restaurant managers and franchise partners to support causes that help bring communities together and leave a positive impact on our valued Guests, neighbors, friends and families we serve.

Yesterday, we learned that an independent franchise partner of Chili’s in Indiana and Kentucky made the decision to host a Chili’s Give Back Event on behalf of Planned Parenthood Indiana and Kentucky. While our franchise partner had the best intentions; we have received growing feedback and concern from community members regarding the Give Back Event. This feedback does not reflect Chili’s focus on bringing communities together and the event was never intended to be viewed as a partisan event or political statement, therefore we, along with our franchise partner, have decided to cancel the event.

We will more clearly communicate the focus of Chili’s charitable giving efforts, so that our restaurant managers and franchise partners can feel empowered to support local organizations that bring communities together.”

Planned Parenthood is a major point of contention amongst the two major political parties, with support for the abortion organization being virtually split down party lines. The pro-life and pro-abortion communities generally find the topic of Planned Parenthood to be a very passionate one, and as such, Chili's may find their reputation among the former community rather damaged for some time.

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