Charitable Organizations and their Positions on the Life Issues
by ALL
Released April 9, 2014


American Life League researched organizations to learn their current positions on the following:


  • Fetal tissue, cell or organ use when that tissue is acquired from direct abortion done at any time during nine months of pregnancy
  • Human embryo research and/or experimentation
  • Human embryonic stem cell research and/or experimentation
  • Human cloning


Positions are available for the following:
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American Parkinson's Disease Association

National Office

135 Parkinson Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10305



See ACSH and CAMR.


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American Red Cross

2025 E. Street NW

Washington, DC 20006



UPDATE:  December 19, 2011

A recently issued report from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent has caused concerns that the organization may start advocating for abortion rights.

In a section of the report on human rights IFRC quotes a widely criticized document issued by Anand Grover, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, which said, "States must take measures to ensure that legal and safe abortion services are available, accessible, and of good quality." The IFRC report goes on to editorialize, "But the real challenge is to find out how many states will indeed change their policies accordingly.”

This may lead some to believe IFRC could eventually declare abortion a human right as Amnesty International did in 2007. Amid much controversy, Amnesty International simply announced that endorsing abortion as a right was a "natural" outgrowth of its 2-year campaign countering violence against women.

See http://www.c-fam.org/fridayfax/volume-14/analysis-is-the-red-cross-about-to-declare-abortion-a-human-right.html.


The American Red Cross has no formal public policy statements – that we could find – on the life issues.  It should be noted, however, that the American Red Cross has been under intense scrutiny and has been sued repeatedly by federal regulators to force improvements in blood safety.  The American Red Cross also has a Diversity Program which officially recognizes and encourages participation in Gay and Lesbian Pride Month.

See: “Red Cross Receives New Scrutiny,” John R. Wilke, Wall Street Journal, April 27, 2006

See: “American Red Cross Fires Employee for Refusal to Celebrate 'Gay and Lesbian Pride Month,'” LifeSiteNews, August 5, 2005


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American Thoracic Society

61 Broadway

4th Floor

New York, NY 10006-2755




The American Thoracic Society (ATS) is an organization dedicated to serving patients with lung disease through research, advocacy, training, and patient care. As such, it supports making federal funding available for research using human embryonic stem cells with appropriate guidelines and federal and institutional oversight.

  • ATS supports the following principles regarding human embryonic stem cell research to ensure that this field receives adequate federal funding for its growth while still making certain that the research is conducted in a legal and ethical manner:

    Human embryonic stem cell research is a relatively new technology that offers great potential for providing new insights into the causes of disease and for the development of novel and effective therapies.
  • Though significant scientific advances in the area of human embryonic stem cell research may be possible through use of private and state support, federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research is necessary to continue the very highest quality research in this area, to foster the growth of this important new field of investigation, and to encourage young scientists to enter the field.
  • The ban on the use of federal funds for research using human embryonic stem cells generated after August 9, 2001, should be removed.
  • Scientists working in this field should be permitted to derive stem cells from embryos that are stored at in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics. In all cases, informed consent must be obtained for the donation of the embryos, financial inducements must not be permitted for donation of the embryos, and there must be a clear separation between the process of informed consent and the scientists doing the research.
  • Federal funds also should be permitted for the creation and use of embryonic stem cell lines by somatic cell nuclear transfer. Again, informed consent must be obtained from the patients from whom the somatic cell nuclei are obtained and from the women donating the eggs, and all other guidelines should be followed. This technology holds promise as a tool for providing increased understanding of many diseases as well as for creating therapeutic cells immunologically compatible with the patients being treated.
  • The ATS acknowledges and respects the ethical debate surrounding the use of human embryos for research purposes and stands firmly opposed to the use of somatic cell nuclear transfer for the purpose of creating a fetus or for other reproductive purposes.
  • The ATS supports ongoing efforts to establish guidelines and responsible practice of embryonic stem cell research, such as those being developed by the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (11).



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Amnesty International US

5 Penn Plaza

New York, NY 10001


"Whereas AI used to take no position one way or the other on a woman's right to abortion or an unborn child's right to life-though they were always against forced abortion-they now have broadened their understanding of sexual and reproductive rights to include a 'right' to abortion, although they'll strenuously deny it."

See: First Things


After pro-life groups exposed the organization's secret adoption of a pro-abortion position in May 2007, AI officials admitted that Amnesty would begin lobbying for abortion to be decriminalized globally. Widney Brown, senior policy and campaigns director, told Reuters that the board of AI agreed on the policy change in April 2007.

See: Life Site News

"UNFPA, Amnesty and CRR to Push 'Reproductive Rights' on UN Treaty Bodies"




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Avon Empowerment Fund

1345 Avenue of Americas

New York, NY 10105-0196


In early 2008, Avon established the Empowerment Fund, a campaign to end violence against women and began marketing a bracelet that “could change the world.”  Proceeds from sales of the bracelet are deposited into the Empowerment Fund and the first $500,000 is matched by the Avon Foundation for a total donation of $1 million to UNIFEM.


UNIFEM is the United Nations Development Fund for Women.  Established in 1976, it is self-described as “fostering women’s empowerment and gender equality” and helping to make the “voices of women heard at the United Nations.”


Two international agreements form the framework for UNIFEM’s mission and goals:  the Beijing Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination for All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).


The Beijing Platform for Action was the result of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in September of 1995 in Beijing, China.  It is a wide-ranging plan for promoting and protecting women’s human rights worldwide.  Adopted by 197 governments, it addresses twelve “critical” areas of concern, not the least of which is “Women and Health.” 


CEDAW, created in 1979, is actually a global Equal Rights Amendment.  The preamble of this treaty states, “A change in the traditional role of men as well as the role of women in society and in the family is needed to achieve full equality between men and women.”


CEDAW mandates gender re-education, access to abortion services, homosexual and lesbian rights and the legalization of “voluntary” prostitution as a valid form of professional employment.


See http://www.all.org/newsroom_judieblog.php?id=2043



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Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade

1345 Avenue of Americas

New York, NY 10105-0196



In an e-mail dated March 29, 2007 to an individual pro-lifer addressing his concerns regarding use of fetal parts research, an Avon Foundation representative wrote:


“The fetal stem cell research you are concerned about is not directly applicable to developing treatments for breast cancer … Our current research portfolio does include three projects on adult stem cell research, looking to see if there are adult stem cells in a woman’s breast that go awry and contribute to cancer.”


Marc Hurlbert, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant, Grants and Partnerships


American Life League interprets this response to mean that the Avon Foundation is not involved with human embryonic stem cell research because there has been no indication that it could lead to the treatment or healing of breast cancer.  However, ALL could not locate a direct statement in opposition of the research either.


The Avon Foundation is one of many breast cancer research fundraising groups that has yet to acknowledge the link between abortion and breast cancer.  See http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/


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Batten Disease Support and Research Association

166 Humphries Drive

Reynoldsburg, OH 43068



The BDSRA website contains no organizational policy or position statement on stem cell research.  The website does include, however, information on a clinical trial utilizing human neural stem cells conducted at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland Oregon in November 2006. 


BDSRA followed the approval process for this clinical trial closely and, while the BDSRA did not recruit participants, had no role in the selection of participants and did not supply research funds to the finance the trial, it did post the information and supply a cover letter along with information about applying for the trial to interested families.  The clinical trial was significant enough to also note in the BDSRA 2007 Annual Report.


See:     www.bdsra.org/research/news06102003.htm





Pro-lifers noted at the time tha the clinical trial, funded by StemCells Inc. involved the use of purified stem cells from the bodies of aborted children.

See:      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16159766/print/1/displaymode/1098


When contacted by a member of ALL's public policy staff, BDSRA's Director Lance Johnston, advised that the organization has "no position on embryonic stem cell research". HE added, " The stem cell trial that has been completed did not involve embryonic [stem cells] and I do not see the use of embryonic stem cells as a use for the treatment of Batten disease."

When asked whether or not he as refering oto the clincal trial at Doernbecher and advised that the trial utilized stem cells from aborted fetuses, Mr. Johnston replied, "But my understanding is that they were not from aborted fetuses. They were from miscarriages and medically removed [sic] (for some reason of medical neccessity

A press release from the Oregon Health and Science University dated June19, 2007 notes the only Phase I of the clinical trial was completed with surgery on three of the six planned patients.

See:     www.ohsu.edu/ohsedu/newpub/061907stemcells.cfm











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Catholic Relief Services

228 W. Lexington Street

Baltimore, MD 21201-3413



UPDATE: September 6, 2012

Caught red-handed: Catholic Relief Service documents promote condoms

UPDATE: September 4, 2012

CRS Document: "Do not forget to provide information on local condom provision"

UPDATE:  August 20, 2012

Catholic Relief Services Doubles Down on Support For Pro-Abortion Groups

Catholic Relief Services scandal hits the blogosphere


Scandal Redux: Catholic Relief Services Edition

Woman who rammed pro-lifers with car was Catholic Relief Services employee
As Catholic Relief Services responds to criticisms over its partnerships with pro-abortion anti-poverty groups, LifeSiteNews has discovered that the aid organization also has a history of hiring employees with strong ties to pro-abortion and pro-contraception organizations.

One CRS employee lists the pro-abortion Pro-Choice Resources and Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies as former employers on her LinkedIn resume, while another was hired by the Catholic aid organization directly from the pro-abortion Population Services International.
Former CRS employee Charisse Glassman was convicted of assault after driving her car into a crowd of March for Life participants.

Another former employee was convicted of assault last fall after ramming her car into a crowd at the DC March for Life in January 2011 as the pro-lifers traversed a crosswalk.


Catholic Reliefs Services (CRS) has given millions of dollars to organizations promoting abortion, birth control, and homosexuality.  All grant numbers come from the 2008 and 2009 IRS form 990 for CRS.



Catholic Relief Services gave $1,802,719 in 2008 and $1,399,534 in 2009 to CARE Inc.  CARE Inc. is actively promoting all forms of birth control, called for the overturning of the Mexico City policy, promotes deviant sexuality, and is partnered with Marie Stopes International for family planning projects.







In 2008 Catholic Relief Services gave $26,665 to Human Rights Watch.  Human Rights Watch is an abortion advocacy organization.





Catholic Relief Services gave $1,317,098 in 2008 and $2,595,391 in 2009 to World Vision.  World Vision works to increase the use of and access to birth control.






Catholic Relief Services gave $963,038 in 2008 and $1,897,226 in 2009 to the Save the Children Federation.  Save the Children is actively promoting all forms of birth control and “sexual and reproductive rights,” especially for adolescents and young adults.




Catholic Relief Services gave $7,500 in 2008 and $189,085 in 2009 to Project Concern International.  Project Concern International created a series of tool kits for sexual and reproductive health programs, which promote sexual deviancy and all forms of birth control.




In 2008 Catholic Relief Services gave $943,719 to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA).  ADRA is working to expand access to “reproductive health services,” which includes birth control, to impoverished areas.





Catholic Relief Services gave $142,267 in 2008 and $481,830 in 2009 to Medical Care Development International (MCDI).  MCDI is actively promoting and working to make available all forms of birth control.





Catholic Relief Services gave $849,714 in 2008 and $1,403,507 in 2009 to Africare.  Africare is educating and promoting contraceptive family planning programs.






In 2009 Catholic Relief Services gave $243,516 to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.  The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation called for the repeal of the Mexico City Policy, distributes artificial contraceptives, and is running family planning programs.





These are but a few of the grants made by Catholic Relief Services.  The total amount of funds granted to domestic organizations in 2008 and 2009 is $22,978,066.  Of that amount, $15,880,704 went to pro-abortion, population control organizations.  This means that 69% of Catholic grants to domestic groups funded organizations fighting against Catholic teaching.

Catholic Relief Services IRS form 990 for 2008 and 2009 list hundreds of millions of dollars in grants to foreign organizations. The difference between the domestic grants and the foreign grants is that the foreign granted organizations are unnamed.


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Children's Leukemia Research Association Inc.

585 Stewart Ave, Suite LL18

Garden City, NY 11530



“… our organization is split on this controversy [sic] issue.  However, as a volunteer organization, we do not have any control over the works of our scholars.  We are strictly a volunteer organization which raises funds for research with but one objective … to pray that science will indeed find the answers that we seek.”


“We place no caveat on what a scholar can and cannot do.  [We] hope you will appreciate our office remaining neutral.”


December 7, 2006

Allan D. Weinberg

Executive Director


Note:  In other words, CLRA claims that they have no control over what type of research is conducted with the funds that the organization raises and provides to researchers


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Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation

636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A

Short Hill, NJ 07078



The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation did not respond to ALL’s inquiries regarding their policies on the life issues.


See comments under ACSH and CAMR.


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