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Charitable Organizations and their Positions on the Life Issues

The list of charitable research organizations and their corresponding positions on the life issues posted to our website is neither all pro-life nor all anti-life; it is mixed. Unfortunately, most of the organizations on our list are marked with the red minus sign. It is simply just a sad fact that most national medical research/advocacy groups support some form of unethical research. There is no listing, to our knowledge, of only pro-life research organizations.

A green positive/plus sign indicates that ALL considers the organization worthy of support from pro-lifers. ALL considers an organization to be pro-life if it is opposed to abortion, human embryonic stem cell and/or aborted fetal body parts research, all forms of cloning and other attacks against the human person at any stage of development as well as Planned Parenthood Federation and other pro-abortion organizations.

A red negative/minus signs indicates that ALL does not consider the organization worthy of support from pro-lifers. If the organization supports, in any way (theory, advocacy, lobbying, granting and/or research) any offenses to life, it is not considered pro-life. Further, if any organization refuses to answer our inquiries, refuses to be clear about its position and/or attempts to couch its answer in terms of referring to another agency (i.e., federal government branches), it is not considered pro-life.

A plain yellow circle indicates that ALL urges caution when considering support for the organization due to a change in a prior rating. That is, an organization may have previously received a green positive or a red negative because of certain policy positions which are now questionable or cannot be verified.

The rating is based on the organization’s response to written correspondence (regular postal or e-mail), a review of the organization’s website, verifiable news reports, verifiable correspondence forwarded to us by others and/or a combination of any of these.

Research into other organizations not listed is an on-going process, but may be limited by staff and resources at ALL. If you have information (and documentation) about organizations that you would like to see listed, we would be most happy to receive it. Currently, we are not in a position to print the list (it amounts to more than 100 pages, not including documentation in hyperlinks) however, feel free to pass the link to the website to everyone you know!

 

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Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

333 E. Lancaster Ave

Suite 414

Wynnewood, PA 19096

Phone: 866-333-1213

Fax: 610-649-3038

www.alexslemonade.org

 

Liz Scott, Alex's mother and co-executive director of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, stated in an e-mail to ALL in May, 2012, that: "Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has not funded anything even remotely related to embryonic stem cell research."

However, when it was pointed out to Mrs. Scott that, according to the Foundation's website, there were grant funds being directed toward researchers and research facilities that support, promote and conduct such research, she responded:

"Although we have not issued a public policy position, I can tell you that ALSF has always followed all federal guidelines for research that involves human-derived cells and tissues. We are very sensitive to the variety of opinions on issues related to stem cells, and are committed to funding research programs that meet all of the stringent ethical standards at the institutional, foundation and government levels, that are designed to find cures for childhood cancer.  I can tell you that when we award funds to our grant recipients 100% of the funds are used for their project only—the institution is not allowed to take any indirect costs or general operating costs from the award funds or to use funds for other projects."

ALL cautions that federal guidelines allow for both human embryonic stem cell research and the use of aborted fetal materials in research.

When contacted  by email in July 2014 with an update request, someone by the name of Lisa responded:

“We do not have a policy. We have never received an application that includes embryonic stem cells so this isn’t an issue for us.”

When asked what the organization would do if it did receive a grant application that involved the use of human embryonic stem cells or aborted fetal material, there was no further reply.

 

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Alliance for Aging Research

1700 K Street, NW

Suite 740

Washington, DC 20006

Phone: 202-293-2856

Fax: 202-955-8394

www.agingresearch.org

 

The Alliance for Aging Research is a 501(c)(3) group that advocates for medical research and scientific discoveries to improve the health and independence of Americans as they age.  As such, the Alliance supports public policies that advance research involving both adult and embryonic stem cells and regenerative medicine in general.

While the Alliance for Aging Research opposes efforts to copy human life through cloning technologies, it is a leader among patient groups and science advocates supporting public funding for broad activities in stem cell research as well as therapeutic cloning of compatible stem cell lines for research and potential therapies. On its own and through membership in the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, the Alliance will support the enactment of legislation to encourage increased federal funding for advances in stem cell research.
https://web.archive.org/web/20130907070614/http://www.agingresearch.org/content/topic/detail/?id=1018&template=position

UPDATE:  July 2, 2014

In an email to ALL from Noel Lloyd, Communications Manager at AAR:

The Alliance supports public policies that advance medical research with the potential to prevent, postpone or otherwise lessen diseases and disabilities that increase with aging.  This includes policy support – though not direct funding – of a broad scope of regenerative medicine, including research on induced pluripotent and human embryonic stem cells.  

 

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Alliance for Regenerative Medicine

525 2nd Street, N.E.

Washington, DC 20002

Phone: 202-568-6240

www.alliancerm.org

 

"The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM)’s mission is to advance regenerative medicine by representing, supporting and engaging all stakeholders in the field, including companies, academic research institutions, patient advocacy groups, foundations, health insurers, financial institutions and other organizations."

According to the website, regenerative medicine includes cell-based therapies, gene therapy, biologics, tissue engineering, bio-banking, and stem cells for drug discovery, toxicity testing and disease modeling. It is this last branch of regenerative medicine which causes the most concern: "Companies are increasingly learning to leverage the use of stem cells and/or living tissue constructs to create in vitro models to study human mechanisms of disease and the effects of drugs on a variety of cell and tissue types such as human heart, liver and brain cells. These models, built predominantly using embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells, allow for faster and safer drug development."
(http://alliancerm.org/industry-snapshot)

Many of ARM's members (http://alliancerm.org/member-profiles) are companies, foundations, and associations with public positions of support for human embryonic stem cell research.

 

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ALS Association (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association)

1275 K Street, NW

Suite 250

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202-407-8580

www.alsa.org

 

In an email to ALL from Carrie Munk at the ALS Association July 2, 2014:

The ALS Association primarily funds adult stem cell research.  Currently, The Association is funding one study using embryonic stem cells (ESC), and the stem cell line was established many years ago under ethical guidelines set by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); this research is funded by one specific donor, who is committed to this area of research.  In fact, donors may stipulate that their funds not be invested in this study or any stem cell project. Under very strict guidelines, The Association may fund embryonic stem cell research in the future.

The ALS Association also financially supports NEALS (the Northeast ALS Consortium) which performs human embryonic stem cell research:

The ALS Association Awards $500,000 to the NEALS Consortium for Its TREAT ALS™ Clinical Trials Network
For the sixth consecutive year, The ALS Association is pleased to announce its support of the Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS), the largest consortium of ALS clinical researchers in the world. This year’s award totals $500,000 and will fund new initiatives and ongoing programs that will increase the quality and efficiency of clinical trials for ALS.
http://www.alsa.org/news/archive/neals-consortium-award.html

The Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS) is an international, independent, non-profit group of researchers who collaboratively conduct clinical research in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and other motor neuron diseases.  (http://www.alsconsortium.org/about_us.php)

Study utilizing the spinal cord neural stem cells from electively aborted fetus.
http://www.alsconsortium.org/trial.php?id=12

 

 

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Alzheimer's Association

225 N. Michigan Avenue

Floor 17

Chicago, IL 60601-7633

Phone: 312-335-8700

Fax: 866-699-1246

www.alz.org

 

“The Alzheimer’s Association policy supports and encourages any legitimate scientific avenue that offers the potential to advance this goal, including human embryonic stem cell research; and, we oppose any restriction or limitation on research, provided that appropriate scientific review, and ethical and oversight guidelines and compliance are in place."
http://www.alz.org/national/documents/statements_stemcell.pdf

 

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American Cancer Society

250 Williams St., NW

Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 800-227-2345

http://www.cancer.org

 

The American Cancer Society is not considered a pro-life organization for the following reasons:

1. Support for human embryonic stem cell research
2. Grant funding at facilities known prominently for human embryonic stem cell research
3. Grant funding to Planned Parenthood
4. Referrals to Planned Parenthood as a health information/education resource
5. Donations to the Lance Armstrong LiveStrong Global Cancer Campaign (see entry for LiveStrong)
6. Failure to acknowledge the link between previously induced abortion and risk for breast cancer
7. Suggested fertility options including IVF, embryo freezing, egg/sperm donation and surrogacy

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has, for many years, insisted that the federal government “remains the institution best suited to both fund and oversee research using human embryonic stem cells” while claiming to fund only “explorations into uses of human adult stem cells and stem cells from umbilical cord blood.”

However, in August 2001, when then-President Bush signed an executive order restricting federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research to stem cell lines that were already in existence at the time, the ACS issued a statement commending the administration for allowing stem cell research to proceed, and expressed hope for its future.

“The Society believes that such research holds extraordinary potential in the fight against a variety of life-threatening diseases currently afflicting an estimated 140 million Americans,” the statement said. It continued, “The American Cancer Society commends the Administration for allowing this vital scientific research to proceed—even in a limited way.” 

“The American Cancer Society remains hopeful that both the government and commercial sectors will continue to work collaboratively and with an open mind to explore additional solutions that will allow for the continuation of human embryonic stem cell research as necessary and appropriate,” the ACS statement concluded.

These statements can no longer be found on the ACS website, but can be viewed here:
http://replay.waybackmachine.org/20030626004233/http://www.cancer.org/docroot/NWS/content/NWS_1_1x_President_Supports_Limited_Stem_Cell_Research.asp

Keep in mind that during the eight years that followed Bush’s order, Congress passed legislation to expand human embryonic stem cell research and each time it was vetoed. When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, one of his first acts as president was to issue an executive order expanding the research policy. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) began funding grants in the field of human embryonic stem cell research. 

No ACS grants which provide for the direct funding of human embryonic stem cell research have been identified; however, grant funding to facilities and labs where such research abounds is indeed prominent.

The American Cancer Society has, in the past, also awarded financial grants to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading provider of abortion. 
http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/american-cancer-society-gives-planned-parenthood-grant-money-for-just-sayin

Despite the outcry over the connection to Planned Parenthood, the ACS maintains the association. Visitors to the ACS website can type Planned Parenthood into the search field and find a number of results:

Referral to Planned Parenthood as source of information and support for testicular cancer:
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/testicularcancer/moreinformation/doihavetesticularcancer/do-i-have-testicular-cancer-add-res
and
http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003172-pdf.pdf

Referral to Planned Parenthood as source of information and support for cervical cancer:
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cervicalcancer/overviewguide/cervical-cancer-overview-additional
 

The ACS refers to Planned Parenthood as a Voluntary Health Organization which should be invited into schools:
http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@nho/documents/document/keycommunityrepresentativespdf.pdf
 

Planned Parenthood affiliate locations are used as sites for ACS awareness activities:
http://www.cancer.org/myacs/eastern/areahighlights/cancernynj-news-blue-albany

The ACS notes that use of IUDs correlate with decreased risk of cervical cancer and that multiple pregnancies correlate to increased risk.  The ACS recommends the HPV vaccine (Gardasil or Ceravax).  The ACS also lists Planned Parenthood Federation of America as a source of information and support concerning HPV.
http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/003042-pdf.pdf

J. Diane Redd, ACS’ Director for Major and Planned Gifts for New Jersey is a former fundraiser for Planned Parenthood:
https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/otherwaystogive/plannedgiving/diane_redd
 

Mady J. Schuman, a member of ACS' executive leadership used to work for Planned Parenthood:
https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate/otherwaystogive/plannedgiving/mady_schuman
 

Kris Kim, ACS' CEO for the Eastern Division was the associate vice president for communications at Planned Parenthood New York City:
http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@eastern/documents/document/acspc-028409.pdf

Similarly, the American Cancer Society has links to another pro-hESCR/pro-abortion organization—Lance Armstrong’s LIVESTRONG. The ACS is listed as an “ambassador” to the LIVESTRONG Global Cancer Campaign in honor of Lance Armstrong’s return to professional cycling (http://www.livestrong.org/Who-We-Are/Our-Strength/LIVESTRONG-Societies/Ambassadors). Ambassadors committed to donating $250,000 or more in 2009.

Lance Armstrong supports human embryonic stem cell research http://livestrongblog.org/2009/03/09/president-obama-lifts-stem-cell-funding-ban/ and the LIVESTRONG Foundation lists abortion providers on its website.    
http://www.livestrong.com/search/?mode=standard&search=planned+parenthood

Aside from the American Cancer Society’s support for human embryonic stem cell research and questionable grant funding, it refuses to acknowledge the abortion/breast cancer link and declines to even support the idea that doctors should mention it to their patients.
Source: http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/newsletter102202.htm

Lastly, in its document on fertility in women with cancer, the ACS suggests egg freezing, embryo freezing, in vitro fertilization, egg donation, and surrogacy.
http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/acspc-041244-pdf.pdf

And, in its document on fertility in men with cancer, the ACS suggests sperm banking, sperm donation and in vitro fertilization.
http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/cid/documents/webcontent/acspc-041228-pdf.pdf

 

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American Council on Science and Health

1995 Broadway

Suite 202

New York, NY 10023-5860

Phone: 866-905-2694

Fax: 212-362-4919

http://www.acsh.org

 

The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) is a consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment, and health.  ACSH was founded in 1978 by a group of scientists who had become concerned that many important public policies related to health and the environment did not have a sound scientific basis. These scientists created the organization to add reason and balance to debates about public health issues and to bring common sense views to the public.
http://www.acsh.org/about/

“I’m pleased with the court’s [U.S. appeals court rules in favor of stem cell research, August 2012] decision,” says ACSH’s Dr. Gilbert Ross, “since stem cells have such vast potential to solve currently insoluble medical problems, including illnesses such as ALS and perhaps, eventually, Alzheimer’s disease. Certainly, to continue scientific advances in this field, research on stem cells must not be discouraged.”
http://acsh.org/2012/08/u-s-appeals-court-rules-in-favor-of-stem-cell-research/

ACSH has been a fervent advocate for supporting research progress in ESCs (embryonic stem cells) for years, despite the controversy involving the objections of some to using human embryonic tissues in research.
http://acsh.org/2013/07/small-step-in-stem-cell-research-a-giant-leap-for-mankind/

 

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American Diabetes Association

National Office

1701 N. Beauregard St.

Alexandria, VA 22311

Phone: 800-342-2383

www.diabetes.org

 

We strongly support the protection and expansion of all forms of stem cell research, which offer great hope for a cure and better treatments for diabetes. We support legislation and proposals that enhance funding for stem cell research at the federal and state levels.
http://www.diabetes.org/advocacy/advocacy-priorities/funding/stem-cell-research.html#sthash.PUBLIjKV.FhjarP2n.dpuf

The American Diabetes Association applauds President Obama for issuing an Executive Order that will advance stem cell research by lifting existing restrictions on the use of embryonic stem cells, while maintaining strict ethical guidelines.

The American Diabetes Association has long been a strong advocate for ending the current restrictions on stem cell research.
http://www.diabetes.org/newsroom/press-releases/2009/statement-from-the-american-2009.html

 

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American Heart Association

National Service Center

7272 Greenville Ave

Dallas, TX 75231

Phone: 800-242-8721

www.heart.org

 

The American Heart Association website states the following regarding stem cell research:

Stem Cell Research
The American Heart Association funds meritorious research involving human adult stem cells — because it helps us fight heart disease and stroke. We don’t fund research involving stem cells derived from human embryos or fetal tissue.

However, it continues:

Inducing adult stem cells into a pluripotent state may lead to patient-specific cell therapies that could reduce many of the underlying complications in therapies with embryonic stem cells.

It’s important for research to continue in both cell types. To know how induced adult stem cells need to perform, we must know more about the innate function of embryonic stem cells.
http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Conditions/Research-Topics_UCM_438796_Article.jsp

 

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American Lung Association

55 Wacker Dr., Suite 1150

Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-801-7630

www.lung.org

 

The American Lung Association recognizes that research with human stem cells offer significant potential to further our understanding of fundamental lung biology and to develop cell-based therapies to treat lung disease. The American Lung Association supports the responsible pursuit of research involving the use of human stem cells.
http://www.lung.org/get-involved/advocate/advocacy-documents/research.pdf

 

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