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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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Mary Kay Foundation

P. O. Box 799044

Dallas, TX 75379-9044

Phone: 877-652-2737

www.marykayfoundation.org

 

The Mary Kay Foundation provides grants to accredited medical schools throughout the United States for innovative research for cancers that effect women (ovarian, uterine, cervical and breast).  The Foundation does not award grants for research involving human embryonic stem cells and/or aborted fetal material.

E-mail to ALL 7/23/14

 

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MaterCare International

8 Riverview Avenue

St Johns NL A1C 2S5,

Phone: 709-579-6472

Fax: 709-579-6501

www.matercare.org

 

MaterCare International (MCI) is an association of Catholic Obstetricians and Gynecologists dedicated to improving the lives and health of mothers and their children both unborn and born throughout the world, through new initiatives of service, training, research, and advocacy, in accordance with the contemporary teaching contained in the Encyclical Evangelium Vitae (St. John Paul II) and reiterated in the first Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, Deus caritas est (God is Love).

8 Riverview Av
St. John’s  NL A1C 2S5
Canada

See also this article:

MaterCare: One Doctor's Courageous but Lonely Battle to Reduce Maternal Mortality
In 1981, Canadian OB-GYN Robert Walley began working to improve pregnancy outcomes in sub-Saharan Africa, starting in Nigeria. For over 20 years, Dr. Walley and the organization he founded, MaterCare International (MCI), have been providing an approach to reducing maternal mortality that works and that doesn’t involve promoting abortion or flooding villages with contraceptives. MaterCare specializes in providing mothers with care that respects their dignity and offers life and hope.
http://www.aleteia.org/en/health/article/matercare-5845358693318656

 

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Muscular Dystrophy Association

National Headquarters

222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1500

Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: 800-572-1717

 

MDA supports and funds research involving human embryonic stem cells; grant information can be found on the MDA website.

 

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My Friend's Place

5850 Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood, CA 90028

Phone: 323-908-0011

Fax: 323-468-1243

http://myfriendsplace.org/

 

In collaboration with the leading social service providers and educational institutions in the region and over 400 volunteers, My Friend’s Place offers a free and comprehensive continuum of care that combines emergency necessities with therapeutic, health and education services through three program areas:  Safe Haven Program, Transformative Education Program and Health & Well Being Program.

My Friend’s Place is not government or religiously affiliated, is 99% privately funded and serves nearly half of the homeless youth (18-25, although a number of minors are also served) population in Los Angeles County.

My Friend’s Place emphasizes that it minimizes the psychological, physical, and social barriers that typically deter youth from seeking and accepting assistance from a social service agency and owes its success, in part, to this model.

Concerns: 

1.         The Health & Well Being Program provides youth with “clinically and culturally appropriate” medical, health, and mental health services. This program includes health education workshops to teach “creative and realistic strategies” addressing the most common health threats among homeless youth—to include “sexual health issues.”  It is not known whether contraception and/or abortion are suggested, recommended, provided and/or referred for. 

2.         My Friend’s Place lists as one of its many partners Clean Needles Now, an organization which provides syringe exchange for intravenous drug users.

 

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National Brain Tumor Society

55 Chapel Street, Suite 200

Newton, MA 02458

Phone: 617-924-9997

Fax: 617-924-9998

www.tbts.org

 

"Very little brain tumor research utilizes embryonic stem cells.  That being said there are some federally approved cell lines that researchers do use to understand how brain tumors evolve. Brains develop until a person’s mid-twenties and it is believed that many brain tumors evolve during that development process.  The hope is that if we can determine the origin of brain tumor development, than we can turn off that pathway, cell, gene, etc. . . . NBTS is committed to funding and supporting any research that may lead to improved therapies for our brain tumor patients."

Carrie Treadwell
Senior Director of Research
Managing Director of Defeat GBM Research Collaborative
E-mail to ALL 7/25/14

 

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National Breast Cancer Foundation

Suite 300

2600 Network Blvd

Frisco, TX 75034

Phone:

http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org

 

“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. 

In its FAQ section, the NBCF notes that there is an increased risk of breast cancer for women who have been using birth control pills for more than five years, but goes on to say that the risk is small.  It also notes that Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is definitely a risk factor and that HRT was determined to be a carcinogen by the American Cancer Society in the early 2000s.  However, the NBCF fails to inform readers that combined oral contraceptives contain the same drugs as combined hormone replacement therapy and that both oral contraceptives and HRT were classified as Class 1 carcinogens by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2005. 

 

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National Children's Leukemia Foundation

7316 Avenue U

Brooklyn, 11234

Phone: 718-251-1222

Fax: 718-251-1444

www.leukemiafoundation.org

 

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. 

http://www.leukemiafoundation.org/biomedical-research-program/

 

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National Kidney Foundation

30 East 33rd Street

New York, NY 10016

Phone: 800-622-9010

www.kidney.org

 

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

Phone: 1-800-344-4867

http://www.nationalmssociety.org

 

“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.”
http://www.nationalmssociety.org/site/PageServer?pagename=HOM_ADV_issues_stemcell

 

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Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

401 Hackensack Ave, 9th Floor

Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: 201-250-8440

Fax: 201-250-8435

www.parentprojectmd.org

 

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)

 

 

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