Office Depot apologizes over refusal to copy anti-abortion prayer

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Company spokeswoman Karen Denning said Office Depot prohibits the copying of material that advocates "the persecution of certain groups of people," among other criteria. She says the flier "contained material that advocates the persecution of people who support abortion rights."

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — The chief executive of Office Depot has apologized for the discrimination a suburban Chicago woman said she suffered when company employees told her printing an anti-abortion prayer violated company policy.

Maria Goldstein of Rolling Meadows says last month she asked the Office Depot in Schaumburg to make 500 copies of “A Prayer for Planned Parenthood.”

Company spokeswoman Karen Denning said Office Depot prohibits the copying of material that advocates “the persecution of certain groups of people,” among other criteria. She says the flier “contained material that advocates the persecution of people who support abortion rights.”

However, Office Depot CEO Roland Smith said in a statement Friday the company’s initial reaction was not at all related to her religious beliefs. He added the company sincerely apologizes to Goldstein.