After being in business for more than 70 years, Toys “R” Us is closing its doors and laying off over 31,000 employees across the U.S.
Most would agree that online businesses like Amazon are contributing to the shuttering of specialty brick-and-mortar stores across the country. But according to one woman, the actual reason for the toy giant’s going out of business is a much more sinister one.
In a letter to the editor of the News-Gazette of central Illinois, Mandy Alman says that the company would still be in business today if there were no abortions.
“Company leaders attributed decreased business to a number of factors, including the declining birth rate,” Alman wrote. “Abortion and the declining birth rate are intricately connected.”
“Women in their 20s accounted for nearly 60 percent of all abortions performed in the U.S. in 2014, according to a CDC report,” she continued. “These are children who otherwise would have been born and whose families could have contributed to the customer base of companies such as Toys R Us.”
According to Alman, the children who would have been born in the 70s and 80s if it weren’t for abortion “would be having children now who could also potentially be shopping at Toys R Us (in addition to enjoying a right to life).”
She then wondered what the next company to fail will be since a population of potential customers has been depleted by abortion.
As Jessica Sutherland of the Daily Kos points outs, Toys “R” Us’s problems are much more complicated.
Never mind that Toys R Us failed to innovate and position stores as worthy of a visit through events or other one-of-a-kind experiences. Or that it took on more debt than it should have when private equity firms stepped in back in 2005. Or that they didn’t update their stores for decades. Or that they still tried to pay millions in executive bonuses, even after declaring bankruptcy. Or even the obvious threats posed by Amazon and Walmart.
You can read Alman’s full letter here.
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