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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Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation

333 E. Lancaster Ave

Suite 414

Wynnewood, PA 19096



Liz Scott, Alex's mother and Co-executive Director of Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, stated in an e-mail to ALL on May 22, 2012 that:

"Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation has not funded anything even remotely related to embryonic stem cell research."

ALL responded to Mrs. Scott:

Thank you for your reply.  Is there a public policy position statement to this effect? Do your grant application guidelines specify that human embryonic stem cell research is prohibited or excluded from consideration?

I could not locate these on your website.

A cursory review of the site and the grants award by the Foundation would seem to indicate otherwise.  That is, while grant funding may not have gone directly to a research project utilizing human embryonic stem cells, it is certainly going to a number of research facilities that support, advocate for, and conduct such research.  Grant funding has also gone to scientists involved in hESCR and to scientists who employ what are now being called induced pluripotent stem cells – which involve the use of human embryonic stem cell lines for their derivation.

I would ask that you review the following and please let me know if that is, indeed, still the position of ALSF on the issue of human embryonic stem cell research.

George Q. Daley

George Q. Daley, M.D., Ph.D. is the Samuel E. Lux IV Professor of Hematology/Oncology and the Director of the Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Children’s Hospital Boston. He is also Professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Harvard Medical School,[1] an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute,[2] Associate Director of Children’s Stem Cell Program, a member of the Executive Committee of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute,[3] and past-President of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (2007–2008).

In addition to funding by the NIH, Dr. Daley's research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, American Cancer Society, Edward Mallinckrodt, Jr. Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of America, Roche Foundation for Anemia Research, Alex's Lemonade Stand, Ellison Medical Foundation, and Doris Duke Medical Foundation.

Stowers Researchers use murine embryonic stem cells …

Stowers Institute for Medical Research, which has built a $300 million laboratory and stocked it with sophisticated machines for nearly 200 scientists … All Stowers researchers now focusing on adult stem cells "say they must be able to work on embryonic stem cells to move their research forward," he said.

The Institute's most recent report is available at 2011 hESC Annual Report.pdf.

Mouse model of Wilm’s Tumor

hESC Core Facility - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
The purpose of the human embryonic stem cell (hESC) Core Facility is to provide an institutional resource for hESC research at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Laurence Cooper – iPS cells

T-Cells on Veengle
Introduction to helper T cells and their role in activating B cells .... T Cells Engineered to Kill Tumor Cells - ALSF Grant Recipient, Dr. Laurence Cooper ... Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Innovation Grant recipient, Dr. Laurence Cooper and his ..... stem (iPS) cells have many of the characteristics of embryonic stem cells ...

Problems with iPS stem cells:  http://www.all.org/article/index/id/ODYxMw/

Mrs. Scott responded:

Thank you for taking the time to respond.  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.

I hope this helps and I appreciate your passion for your work.
Liz Scott


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Alliance for Aging Research

2021 K Street NW

Suite 305

Washington, DC 20006



"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.

The Alliance is a member of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR), and holds a leadership position in that coalition. As such the Alliance supports public policies that advance research involving both adult and embryonic stem cells and regenerative medicine in general.

We do support federal funding for broad activity in stem cell research, including the laboratory technique of cell nucleus  transfer ..."  (italics added) 

December 5, 2006 Cynthia Farrell Director, Government Relations.

Note that "cell nucleus transfer," often referred to as Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer, or SCNT, is a method of cloning.

See comments under American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) and Council for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR).

Update 3/17/10:  CAMR continues to be listed as one of the many coalitions that the Alliance for Aging Research is affiliated with.  See the website at http://www.agingresearch.org/section/directory/.


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ALS Association (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association)

Suite 150

27001 Agoura Road

Calabasas Hills, CA 91301-5104



“Adult stem cell research is important and should be done alongside embryonic stem cell research as both will provide valuable insights. Only through exploration of all types of stem cell research will scientists find the most efficient and effective ways to treat diseases.”

“For those Chapters and individuals who would like to urge their Senators to support embryonic stem cell research legislation, we are providing the attached sample letter which can be personalized and sent to Senators. 

The letter and talking points are available in the Advocacy Action Center of the ALSA website at http://capwiz.com/alsa/home. The website also will enable you to identify your Senators and send an e-mail directly to them from the website.”

January 2005:  In the first report showing that human embryonic stem cells can be made to form motor neurons in the lab, ALS funded investigators find a precise sequence of molecular signals that guide cells into neuronal roles.

See ACSH and CAMR.


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Alzheimer's Association

225 N. Michigan Avenue

Floor 17

Chicago, IL 60601-7633



“The Alzheimer’s Association’s policy, adopted in June 2004 by the national Board of Directors, states that: ‘In keeping with its mission to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Association opposes any restriction or limitation on human stem cell research, provided that appropriate scientific review, and ethical and oversight guidelines are in place.’”



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American Cancer Society

P.O. Box 22718

Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718



American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718
Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

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 for morally questionable research
4. Grant funding to Planned Parenthood
5. Referrals to Planned Parenthood as a health information/education resource
6. Donations to the Lance Armstrong LiveStrong Global Cancer Campaign (see entry for LiveStrong)
7. Failure to acknowledge the link between previously induced abortion and risk for breast cancer
8. 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.

“The American Cancer Society commends the Administration for allowing this vital scientific research to proceed—even in a limited way,” the statement added.

“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 web site, but can be viewed here:

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 Barrack 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. 

ACS grants which provide for the direct funding of human embryonic stem cell research have not been identified; however, grant funding to facilities and labs where such research abounds is indeed prominent.  Take, for example, the University of Georgia Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute.  While the UGA BHSI facilitates a wide range of research, it also includes the Human Embryonic Stem Cell Workshop.

“The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Workshop (HEST) is an intensive, laboratory based, four-day course that gives participants the rare opportunity to work and train with instructors experienced in developing and propagating NIH-approved human embryonic stem (hES) cell lines.” (http://www.rbc.uga.edu/hest.html)

One of the leading researchers at UGA’s BHSI is Steven Stice, who was on the team that created the first cloned cow at UGA. Stice also developed the “first commercialized product derived from human embryonic stem cells using federally approved stem cell lines.”  These newly created stem cell lines, using either lab created or donated embryos, are being sold for roughly $800/kit.  (http://www.uga.edu/gm/300/FeatBrave.html and http://stice.uga.edu/)

The American Cancer Society is listed as a grant provider on all of the HEST and BHSI web pages. 

Of particular note are the pages concerning Summer Fellows http://www.biomed.uga.edu/programs/curo/fellows/# (See Ingrid Bloom and Westin Amberge) and BHSI CURO Apprentices (see Christine Tarleton and Muktha Natrajan) at http://www.biomed.uga.edu/programs/curo/apprentice/.

In addition to the ACS grants made at UGA, the California Chapter of the American Cancer Society awarded more than $300,000 to Dr. Inder M. Verma, an American Cancer Society Professor of Molecular Biology who heads the stem cell facility at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.  (http://www.salk.edu/faculty/verma.html) The Salk Institute is a recipient of a $2.3 million share of the stem cell research facilities grants approved by the governing board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) in June 2007 (http://www.cirm.ca.gov/). At the time of the CIRM grant award, Dr. Verma was quoted in a press release:  “The availability of this shared research laboratory will allow Salk researchers to initiate research on human embryonic stem cells and to contribute to this very exciting field of biology.”

ACS grant listing:  http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/news/american-cancer-society-research-professor-and-clinical-research-professor-grantsin-effect

Together with its grant funding at stem cell research facilities, the American Cancer Society has made grant funding available to other morally questionable research.

The ACS made an $827,000 grant (1/1/2005-12/31/09) to Dr. Elisabeth Gruskin, a Kaiser MD in Oakland, to study smoking relapse among lesbians.  Dr. Gruskin’s primary area of interest as a doctor is lesbian alcohol abuse and treatment, LGBT tobacco use, African American gay and bisexual alcohol and drug abuse and sexuality research.

ACS grant listing:  http://replay.web.archive.org/20081203122515/http://www.cancer.org/downloads/RES/CA.pdf

Kaiser Investigators:  http://replay.web.archive.org/20070210130729/http://www.dor.kaiser.org/staff/investigators/gruskin.shtml

The American Cancer Society has, in the past, also awarded financial grants to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s leading provider of abortion. 

Despite the outcry over the connection to Planned Parenthood, the ACS maintains the association.  Visitors to the ACS web site (www.cancer.org) can type Planned Parenthood into the search field and find a number of results:

• Result #1 is a link to the web site of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
• Results #3 and #7 list PPFA as a source of information and education on testicular cancer
• Result #4 lists PP as a voluntary health organization and potential “key group” in school health efforts
• Results #2 (Mady Schuman) and #5 (Kris Kim) highlight ACS chapter directors who also held prominent positions with Planned Parenthood affiliates

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 web site.    

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

The American Cancer Society does, however, provide a list of options to be considered for preserving fertility before, during and after cancer treatment. These include artificial (hormonal) birth control, sperm banking, egg freezing, intrauterine insemination, donor eggs, surrogacy, IVF treatment and embryo freezing.


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American Council on Science and Health

1995 Broadway

2nd Floor

New York, NY 10023-5860



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 bring common sense views to the public.”


On July 14, 2006, in response to President Bush’s promised veto of H.R. 810, The Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, which would expand federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, ACSH joined hundreds of other organizations in signing a letter supporting the science behind the legislation.

The letter read, in part:

            Dear Senator,

            We the undersigned patient advocacy groups, health organizations, research universities, scientific societies, religious groups and other interested institutions and associations, representing millions of patients, scientists, health care providers and advocates, write you with our strong and unified support of H.R. 810, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.  We urge your vote in favor of H.R. 810 when the Senate considers the measure next week.

For a list of signatories, see http://www.acsh.org/printVersion/hfaf_printNews.asp?newsID=801


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American Diabetes Association

National Office

1701 North Beauregard Street

Alexandria, VA 22311



“The American Diabetes Association applauds this morning’s statement by Majority Leader Frist announcing his support of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.  By easing restrictions and supporting research that uses embryonic stem cells – while also implementing strong ethical guidelines – this legislation provides hope to the more than 18 million Americans living with diabetes.” (italics added)

Copy of News Release issued July 29, 2005 mailed along with cover letter on December 22, 2006.

The American Diabetes Association also issued a press release on Friday April 13, 2007 entitled “American Diabetes Association lauds Senate for passage of Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.”  The release applauded the Senate’s decision to pass S. 5 “which will accelerate stem cell research by easing existing funding restrictions and supporting research that uses embryonic stem cells, while maintaining strict ethical guidelines.”

See comments under ACSH and CAMR.


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American Heart Association

National Service Center

1100 E Campbell Rd Suite 100

Richardson, TX 75081


The AHA states that they “only deal with issues that impact heart disease and stroke and therefore we have no policy one way or the other on abortion.”

Regarding stem cell research, the American Heart Association states on its website that it “does not fund any research involving stem cells derived from human embryonic or fetal tissue.” However, it also states that “the American Heart Association recognizes the value of all types of stem cell research and supports federal funding of this research.”

Further, while the AHA states that it “views cloning to create human beings and cloning to create humans or embryos for research materials as unacceptable,” the AHA website presents misinformation on the process of cloning via somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT).  This information is most likely to lead the reader into believing that cloning, or SCNT, does not, or cannot, produce a human being.  This is false.

In June 2000 the AHA’s Board of Directors voted to adopt a policy to continue supporting meritorious research involving cloning and to support federal funding of cloning research.

Print screens of AHA website pages http://web.archive.org/web/20080313093549/http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4539 mailed on December 22, 2006.


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American Lung Association

61 Broadway

6th Floor

New York, NY 10006



“The American Lung Association supports increased federal funding levels for biomedical, behavioral, epidemiological, environmental and intervention research and research training programs, including but not limited to those conducted by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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.”

ALA Public Policy Position Statement, September 12, 2008




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American Medical Association

515 N. State Street

Chicago, IL 60610



"The Principles of Medical Ethics of the AMA do not prohibit a physician from performing an abortion in accordance with good medical practice and under circumstances that do not violate the law."



See ACSH and CAMR.


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