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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National Breast Cancer Foundation

Suite 300

2600 Network Blvd

Frisco, TX 75034


“The National Breast Cancer Foundation's mission is to save lives through early detection and to provide mammograms for those in need. Our mission includes increasing awareness through education, providing diagnostic breast care services for those in need, and providing nurturing support services.”

The NBCF partners “with medical facilities across the country to provide free mammograms and diagnostic breast care services to underserved women. We require that medical facilities within our network have the capacity to continue treatment after an abnormal finding or diagnosis of breast cancer.”

While we do not find any link between the NBCF and Planned Parenthood or human embryonic stem cell research, we are disappointed to find that the NBCF neglects to make a bold and public statement condemning either one.

Further, the NBCF website fails to fully educate visitors on the documented links between oral contraceptive use and prior induced abortions and future risk for breast cancer.  The NBCF website, under “FAQs” lists the following question and answer:

Is there a link between oral contraceptives and breast cancer?

There is an increased risk of breast cancer for women under 35 who have been using birth control pills for more than ten years.

However, under the category of “Breast Cancer Basics – Risk Factors” in its online Resource Library, there is no mention at all of these risk factors.

The NBCF is one of the many cancer groups identified by the Abortion Breast Cancer Coalition as being “in need of political courage.”  (See http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com)


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National Children's Leukemia Foundation

7316 Avenue U

Brooklyn, 11234



The NCLF Research Center is staffed by leading scientists in the fields of molecular biology, stem cell biology, hematology and oncology, who work collaboratively to advance knowledge and develop innovative treatment technologies.  Our current focus is studying the relationship between cancer cells and adult  stem cells, the results of which will impact both current clinical practice and the future design of cancer therapies. In particular, we believe our efforts will lead to the development of new therapeutic schemes for AML (acute myeloid leukemia), a particularly rare and aggressive form of leukemia.

Research using Adult Stem Cells: Stem cell research represents the cutting edge of cancer research today. All NCLF research is conducted using stem cells from adult donors or stem cells extracted from the umbilical cord or placenta after birth.  The NCLF does NOT use embryonic stem cells in its research.

Why we use Adult Stem Cells:  As a result of legislation signed in  2001, almost all cancer research involving embryonic stem cells in the past decade has been conducted using only 12 cell lines, with only 12 sets of genes, mutations and characteristics,   While these 12 cell lines have been useful in gathering basic information,  they cannot provide researchers with the necessary information for understanding and treating diseases. To conduct valuable research, a much larger sample size is required.  Adult stem cells, voluntarily donated by adult donors or extracted from the umbilical cord or placenta after birth, do not require the destruction of an embryo and  offer greater variability,    Unlike embryonic stem cells, that are  known to form tumors or be rejected by recipents because of their “biologically foreign” status, adult stem cells are relatively easy to collect and rarely cause rejection. 



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National Kidney Foundation

30 East 33rd Street

New York, NY 10016



The National Kidney Foundation did not respond to ALL’s questionnaire on the life issues but did send a letter to our independent researcher stating that, “At the present time, we do not have any policies on the above mentioned subjects” [abortion, human embryonic stem cell research and research involving aborted fetal body parts].


We did not find any information on the organization’s website that would contradict this statement.



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National Multiple Sclerosis Society

733 Third Avenue

New York , NY 10017



“The National Multiple Sclerosis Society supports the conduct of scientifically meritorious medical research, including research using human cells, in accordance with federal, state and local laws and with adherence to the strictest ethical and procedural guidelines.


The Society believes that all promising avenues that could lead to the cure or prevention of MS or relieve its most devastating symptoms by repairing MS damage must be explored—including expanding the stem cell lines that are available for federally funded research.


To remedy the flaws in the current federal policy, the Society supports legislation that would increase the number of approved embryonic stem cell lines that can be used in federally funded research by allowing new lines to be generated from embryos that have been donated for research purposes by people using the services of in vitro fertilization clinics.”



See comments under CAMR.


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Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

401 Hackensack Ave, 9th Floor

Hackensack, NJ 07601



A friend of American Life League emailed PPMD through the website contact form and asked:

What is Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy's policy regarding human embryonic stem cell research?  Further, could you please provide a simple yes or no answer to this question?  Does PPMD fund or support human embryonic stem cell research?  An explaination that requires paragraphs tends to obscure the question.  I asked this question a few years ago, but technology advances and policies change, so I felt it necessary to ask again.

Sharon, from PPMD, answered as follows:

No, we don't [have a policy regarding human embryonic stem cell research].  We actually don't have a specific policy that forbids it, but we are not actively seeking projects in that area and technology has advanced to the point where there is no need to use cells from embryos. We can take skin cells from consenting adults and convert them to a state that is almost like an embryonic stem cell and go from there.  (italics added)

Note: PPMD is not, as of this posting [4-8-14], funding, promoting or seeking out projects involving hESC, however the organization does not have a policy against it.  Further, PPMD appears to be in favor of iPS stem cells (reverting somatic [typically skin] cells to embryonic-like states) which are not a pro-life alternative.


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Pro-Cure Wristbands

Sonoran Source

PO Box 13344

Scottsdale , AZ 85267


Pro-curewristband.com was created to “inform people about embryonic stem cell research, the Pro-Cure Movement and to offer the opportunity to purchase Pro-Cure Wristbands.”


Nowhere on this website is any information provided on all of the current treatments utilizing non-embryonic (adult, placental and umbilical) stem cells.


A portion of the proceeds from Pro-cure wristbands will benefit the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Southwest Chapter.  Both organizations strongly endorse human embryonic stem cell research.




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Red Cross



The Red Cross says it is not involved with abortion. But in a number of cases, Red Cross societies have been involved as partners in programs that involve contraception.


Salt Lake Olympics

In one of the most recent examples, a Red Cross chapter in Salt Lake City was a partner in SafeGames2002, a program which distributed 250,000 "safe sex kits" during the Olympic Winter Games. Each kit contained two condoms.

Witnesses reported that despite assurances, the condoms were given to minors. The Red Cross subsequently withdrew from the program, but only after the bulk of the distribution was complete.


Adolescent programs

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is listed on a United Nations Population Fund roster of organizations involved in the effort to support "adolescent reproductive and sexual health."

Among the other "partners" are the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Margaret Sanger Center International (an outreach of Planned Parenthood of New York City, which was guided for many years by Sanger's grandson).

Who's paying for all this? The UNFPA lists two major benefactors: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations and the United Nations Foundation. The latter is the organization that media mogul Ted Turner established to disburse his $100 million dollar grant.


Refugee programs

For several years, the UNFPA has been looking for ways to assist the people of Afghanistan. In 1998, it ordered studies on ways of effectively delivering "training, contraceptives and the delivery of Reproductive Health Services to Afghan refugees."

The UNFPA also wanted to find organization capable of delivering the goods. The top name on its "go-to" list was the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. This program also included distribution of IUD kits. Money was also to be provided for training doctors in IUD insertion and in the use of other contraceptives.


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Rotary International

Rotary International

1 Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue

Evanston, 60201-3698



Founded in February 1905, Rotary International (RI) is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that describes itself as “A Global Network of Community Volunteers.”  It consists of more than 32,000 local Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries.  RI claims to have nearly 1.2 million members.  Rotary’s primary motto is “Service above self.”  Its secondary motto is “They profit most who serve best.”  Along with its service projects, Rotary aims to promote high ethical standards in the workplace. 

Rotary International commands an annual budget that is approaching $90 million.  RI work is supported by the Rotary Foundation, which is funded by contributions from Rotarians and other supporters. 

For more than a century, RI and its network of clubs have engaged in service projects designed to make the planet a better place on which to live.  Rotary has tackled problems such as poverty, hunger, illiteracy and disease.

But, like many other organizations that were founded for ostensibly altruistic reasons, and may even continue to do some good work, the problem with Rotary International is what it has been turned into by certain pro-abortion and population control zealots.  Examples of Rotary International activity that supports the culture of death:

In the 1980’s Rotary International teamed up with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF – see http://www.all.org/article.php?id=10104 to learn more about why this organization is anything but pro-child).

In August 1999, the RI Board of Directors adopted a statement on population growth.  Today the organization’s website page on Population Issues reads:  “But falling global child mortality rates and climbing life spans have prompted a new concern:  that population growth may outpace Earth’s ability to sustain development.”  RI affiliates are encouraged to develop programs focusing on reproductive health.  

RI established the Rotarian Fellowship for Population and Development (RFPD).  It is a group of more than 25,000 Rotarians who have come together to “support Rotary club projects that address population and development issues.”

RI describes the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as “the world’s largest multilateral source of assistance in the areas of reproductive health and population data collection and analysis.”  RI first entered into an official “cooperative relationship” with UNFPA in June 2002.  It issued a press statement at the time to specifically encourage its members to “further the goal of the UNFPA.”  

In August 2007, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) reported that UNFPA and the International Planned Parenthood Federation have been working to “make abortion widely legal in Africa.”  RI’s expenditures on such efforts with UNFPA have exceeded half a billion dollars. 

Rotary International has refused to adopt a policy prohibiting local affiliates from donating funds to pro-abortion groups and research indicates that at least two RI groups have donated money to Planned Parenthood.


Life Decisions International
Summer 2007 Special Reports Vol. X, No.3
“Rotary’s Dance with Death – Ties to Pro-Abortion Groups Eclipse Good Works”
By Douglas R. Scott, Jr. 


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Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research

Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research

PO Box 398235

Miami Beach, FL 33239


The Sabrina Cohen Foundation for Stem Cell Research is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging public support and funding for human embryonic stem cell research.


The website provides no information about current treatments utilizing non-embryonic stem cells.




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Salvation Army USA

615 Slaters Lane

P. O. Box 269

Alexandria, VA 22313



UPDATE:  December 19, 2011

The website for the International Office of the Salvation Army (http://www1.salvationarmy.org/IHQ/www_ihq_isjc.nsf/vw-sublinks/FE3C992C78838853802577DF0071D796?openDocument) states the following:

The Salvation Army believes all people are created in the image of God and therefore have unique and intrinsic value. Human life is sacred and all people should be treated with dignity and respect. The Salvation Army accepts the moment of fertilisation as the start of human life. We believe that society has a responsibility to care for others, and especially to protect and promote the welfare of vulnerable people, including unborn children.

The Salvation Army believes that life is a gift from God and we are answerable to God for the taking of life. As such, The Salvation Army is concerned about the growing ready acceptance of abortion, which reflects insufficient concern for vulnerable persons including the unborn. We do not believe that genetic abnormalities that are identified in an unborn child who is likely to live longer than a brief period after birth are sufficient to warrant a termination of pregnancy.

The Salvation Army recognizes tragic and perplexing circumstances that require difficult decisions regarding a pregnancy. Decisions should be made only after prayerful and thoughtful consideration, acknowledging the tremendous pressures that occur during an unexpected pregnancy. There is a responsibility on all involved to give the parents of the unborn child, particularly the woman, appropriate pastoral, medical and other counsel. The Salvation Army believes that termination can occur only when

  •     Carrying the pregnancy further seriously threatens the life of the mother; or
  •     Reliable diagnostic procedures have identified a foetal abnormality considered incompatible with survival for more than a very brief post natal period.

In addition, rape and incest are brutal acts of dominance violating women physically and emotionally. This situation represents a special case for the consideration of termination as the violation may be compounded by the continuation of the pregnancy.

See also: "Salvation Army Marching toward Abortion Support?"

NOTE FROM ALL: Although this article asks if the Salvation Army is marching toward abortion support, a reading of the Salvation Army’s position makes it clear that it already does support abortion – in the cases of “life of the mother” and “fetal deformity” – as well as some cases of rape and incest and it also supports abortifacient birth control.


The Salvation Army's Position Statement on Abortion states:

The Salvation Army believes in the sanctity of all human life and considers each person to be of infinite value and each life a gift from God to be cherished, nurtured and redeemed. Human life is sacred because it is made in the image of God and has an eternal destiny. (Genesis 1:27) Sacredness is not conferred, nor can it be taken away by human agreement.

The Salvation Army deplores society's ready acceptance of abortion, which reflects insufficient concern for vulnerable persons, including the unborn. (Psalms 82:3-4)

The Salvation Army holds to the Christian ideals of chastity before marriage and fidelity within the marriage relationship and, consistent with these ideals, supports measures to prevent crisis pregnancies. It is opposed to abortion as a means of birth control, family planning, sex selection or for any reason of mere convenience to avoid the responsibility for conception. Therefore, when an unwanted pregnancy occurs, The Salvation Army advises that the situation be accepted and that the pregnancy be carried to term, and offers supportive help and assistance with planning.

The Salvation Army recognizes tragic and perplexing circumstances that require difficult decisions regarding a pregnancy. Such decisions should be made only after prayerful and thoughtful consideration, with appropriate involvement of the woman's family and pastoral, medical and other counsel. A woman in these circumstances needs acceptance, love and compassion.

When an abortion has taken place, The Salvation Army will continue to show love and compassion and to offer its services and fellowship to those involved.


The problematic portion of this statement is, of course, "The Salvation Army recognizes tragic and perplexing circumstances that require difficult decisions regarding a pregnancy. Such decisions should be made only after prayerful and thoughtful consideration, with appropriate involvement of the woman's family and pastoral, medical and other counsel," which implies that the Salvation Army is not opposed to a woman deciding to abort in cases of rape, incest, or perceived "life of the mother."

Additionally, the phrase "supports measures to prevent crisis pregnancies" implies that the SA is not opposed to contraception.  Previously published Position Statements acknowledging SA's acceptance of family planning, sterilization and in vitro fertilization have been removed from their National and US websites but may be located on the websites of offices in other countries.


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