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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Polycarp Research Institute

Box 105

Enola, PA 17025

Phone: 717-695-3147

Fax: 717-695-3147




The Polycarp Research Institute is a non-profit organization (501 C3) dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of high-quality research designed to enhance the physical, psychological and spiritual condition of mankind. TPRI will help researchers with projects that are designed to reveal the truths contained within Nature’s laws. TPRI will support research efforts that improve the spiritual condition of men and women, and will not promote methods or intentions that are inconsistent with the ethical and moral guidelines of the Catholic Church; however, not all of the research that TPRI supports will necessarily contain a moral dimension (eg, research to find the cure to cancer, to treat ectopic pregnancy etc). It is anticipated that TPRI will serve as a resource center and not solely as a facility that performs research.


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Rotary International

Rotary International

1 Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue

Evanston, 60201-3698

Phone: 847-866-3000



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 International commands an annual budget that is approaching $300 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.  Specifically, the Rotarian Action Group for Population Growth and Sustainable Development works to address the “population crisis” around the world.

Rotary International:


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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 (SCF) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to funding cutting edge research and innovative therapies that will improve the quality of life for individuals living with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities.

SCF funds scientists dedicated to advancing the field of Regenerative Medicine, primarily focused on conditions in the Central Nervous System. In 2009, SCF donated its first research grant of $25,000 to the University of California, Irvine, where studies of restoring mobility in paralyzed rats and research on spinal cord injuries yielded the world’s first-ever FDA approved embryonic stem cell treatment to be tested in humans.


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Salvation Army USA

615 Slaters Lane

P. O. Box 269

Alexandria, VA 22313

Phone: 800-728-7825



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.

NOTE FROM ALL: A reading of the Salvation Army’s position makes it clear that it does support abortion – in the cases of “life of the mother” and “fetal deformity” – as well as some cases of rape and incest.  The Salvation Army also supports abortifacient birth control.


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Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute

1749 Dexter Ave., N.

Seattle, WA 98109

Phone: 206-906-9922



Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute (SCPI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing scientific research, education and resources to encourage safe, moral, pro-life medicines and therapeutics. 

The founding mission of Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute (SCPI) is to:

  • Conduct scientific studies to determine the public health consequences of utilizing aborted fetal material for biomedical purposes.
  • Educate key opinion leaders about the pervasive use of fresh aborted fetal tissue and other unethical materials in biomedical research.   
  • Develop a certification stamp so that consumers can be assured that their vaccines, drugs, cosmetics, and foods and beverages do not contain aborted fetal material.
  • Be a beacon to other scientists to reject the use of aborted fetal material so that they can align their commercial practices to religious truths.

A new generation of scientists and medical professionals is rising, full of strength and hope and founded on the respect of the human being from his/her beginning to natural death.  In working on safe vaccines and effective stem cell therapy, the scientists and students at SCPI seek to provide the freedom to all Americans to choose moral treatment for themselves and for their children and in this way to participate in the culture of life in regards to disease treatment and prevention. Our cadre of dedicated professionals realize that the true promise of moral stem cell research must be advanced to help those with degenerative diseases, both now and for future generations. 


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Spina Bifida Association

1600 Wilson Blvd., Suite 800

Arlington, VA 22209

Phone: 202-944-3285

Fax: 202-944-3295



The Spina Bifida Association did not respond to ALL’s questionnaire but did inform our independent researcher that “the Spina Bifida Association has not adopted a policy statement on cloning, stem cells or fetal research.”

We did not locate anything on the SBA website that would contradict this statement.

The SBA Women's Health Information Sheet includes the statement that, "Pregnancy is possible for almost all women with Spina Bifida so appropriate contraception is strongly recommended if pregnancy is not currently desired" and artificial forms are referred to.  The information sheet also highly recommends the HPV vaccine.


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St. Baldrick's Foundation

1333 Mayflower Ave, Ste 400

Monrovia, CA 91016

Phone: 888-899-2253

Fax: 626-584-6374



St. Baldrick’s Foundation funds cannot be used for human embryonic stem cell research. This is not a statement on whether or not we think it should be supported; the decision is based on the fact that many of our donors and volunteers – our source of funds – would not be comfortable supporting it. Stem cell transplantations not using human embryonic stem cells - using cord blood or matched donors - are often used in treating childhood cancer patients, and our funds may be used in this non-controversial area of research.


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St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place

Memphis, TN 38105




The following information is lengthy, however it boils down to the fact that there are doctors/researchers on staff at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital who are either supportive of or involved in human embryonic stem cell research and SJCRH refuses to reply to ALL's written correspondence concerning these staff. 

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has not publicly stated an unequivocal condemnation of anti-life research practices and ALL will continue to give this organization a negative rating on this website until it does.

UPDATE:  January 2014
A review of the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital website indicates that the three doctors/researchers referred to in correspondence below are still on staff at the facility.  It appears also that each continues to be involved in and/or supportive of human embryonic stem cell research, particularly Dr. S. McKinney-Freeman who co-authored additional scientifc research papers in 2013 with Dr. George Daley, who has been involved in iPS stem cell research.

No further correspondence has been received from SJCRH and no publicly stated unequivocal condemnation of human embryonic stem cell research has come from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

UPDATE:  February 2013
ALL has, on more than one occasion, written to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital via certified letter (which have been signed for) asking for clarification of its policy regarding human embryonic stem cell research.  To date, there has been no response.  SJCRH continues to employ staff who are supportive of, and in some cases involved with, such research and refuses to publicly condemn such research.  Until St. Jude Children's Research Hospital responds to our mailings and/or publicly professes its opposition to human embryonic stem cell research, both in practice and theory, this posting will continue to reflect a negative appraisal of their position.

UPDATE:  January 2011
In response to information received from an ALL supporter, the following letter was sent to Judith Williams Black, Director of Public Relations with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital:

November 17, 2010

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Attn: Judith Williams Black
Director, Public Relations
501 St. Jude Place
Memphis, TN  38105-1942

Dear Ms. Williams Black,

In an e-mail dated November 12, 2010 you notified a supporter of American Life League (ALL) that:

“… St. Jude does not currently do human embryonic stem cell research.  There are, however, protocols that involve hematopoietic (blood) stem cell, which are used for bone marrow transplants. … “

However, in a job description for a post-doctoral position available in the Department of Hematology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with Dr. S. McKinney-Freeman, the candidate is to “investigate the molecular mechanisms regulating hematopoietic stem cell development from embryos and embryonic stem cells” (bold underline added).

We at American Life League would like to know exactly what the policy/position statement of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is concerning human embryonic stem cell research.

Your prompt response to this inquiry is greatly appreciated.

Ms. Williams Black responded with a letter dated November 29, 2010 and wrote, in part, that the statement made in her e-mail to our supporter (that St. Jude is not currently conducting human embryonic stem cell research) "remains accurate." Further, Ms. Williams Black pointed out that the job posting we referred to involved mouse embryos and use of mouse model systems.  Ms. Williams Black concluded her letter by stating, "This should clarify our current involvement in embryonic stem cell research."

ALL wrote to Ms. Williams Black again on December 9, 2010:

Dear Ms. Williams Black,

Thank you for your letter dated November 29, 2010 responding to our inquiries about Shannon McKinney-Freeman, Ph.D., and embryonic stem cell research.

Unfortunately, your letter did not fully clarify St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s position on human embryonic stem cell research.

SJCRH repeatedly and consistently states that it is not currently conducting human embryonic stem cell research, yet your department refuses to address the question of hospital staff who are known supporters of, and participants in, such research. Further, your response does not explain why SJCRH and its staff are conducting embryonic stem cell research on mouse models when this type of research is typically designed and pursued for applications to human beings.

Shannon McKinney-Freeman is a former member (2007) of the Public Education Committee of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.  The ISSCR publicly supports human embryonic stem cell research. 
The following is taken from “ISSCR Comments on NIH Draft Guidelines for Embryonic Stem Cell Funding” on May 22, 2009:

We welcome and applaud the leadership that the NIH proposes to assume for the oversight of human embryonic stem cell research in the United States. The draft guidelines represent an important step towards accelerating critical medical research by giving scientists access to more embryonic stem cell lines that better reflect the diversity in our society, make it possible to model inherited human diseases, and have favorable properties such as reduced contamination with animal products. Given the importance of human embryonic stem cell research to future medical progress, access to an increased range of lines will accelerate efforts to understand and treat major public health problems.

The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) has already endorsed research on pluripotent stem cell lines derived via in vitro fertilization (IVF), somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), 
parthenogenesis, or gene-based reprogramming. The ISSCR supports such stem cell research globally, where performed under rigorous standards of research ethics described in the 2006 ISSCR Guidelines for the Conduct of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research. We reaffirm this position and encourage NIH to review its Guidelines for human embryonic stem cell research as the science in this area evolves. In the interest of improving world health we urge the NIH to open discussions on funding research carried out with human pluripotent stem cell lines derived from sources other than excess reproductive IVF embryos, including SCNT embryos, if they become available and are derived under rigorous ethical standards.

Dr. McKinney-Freeman has been involved in research utilizing human embryonic stem cells and cell lines and co-authored an article entitled, “Human Skin Cells Turned Into Stem Cells.” The collaborating authors include, Jason West, Susan Garfinkel, Ph.D., and Suzanne Kadereit, Ph.D. According to this article, “The current study directly fused adult skin cells with existing human embryonic stem cells, so no human eggs were involved. Although the fused cells still contained the genetic material, or DNA, from both of the two cells used (adult skin cells and embryonic stem cells), they behaved very much like embryonic stem cells. The fused cells could generate many different cell types of the body, including brain cells, hair cells, skeletal muscle and intestine and also expressed many genes that are characteristic of embryonic stem cells.” (http://www.isscr.org/public/conversion.htm)
While the job posting discussed earlier indicates that the research would be conducted on mice, it is also obvious that clinical applications would be for human embryonic stem cells. Dr. McKinney-Freeman writes a review to this point—that her work will enable human embryonic stem cell treatments. (See “Towards hematopoietic reconstitution from embryonic stem cells: a sanguine future,”  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17534159).

Guillermo Oliver, Ph.D., another staff member at SJCRH, writes concerning retinal degeneration: “Various human ocular diseases due to retinal degeneration lead to vision impairment and eventually blindness. Recent advances using embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells suggest that one day cell-replacement therapy will be used to treat some of these diseases (1, 2).” http://www.jci.org/articles/view/43219/files/pdf

Dr. Peter Doherty, another staff member, was one of eighty Nobel laureates to sign a letter to President George W. Bush in 2001 urging funding for research on human embryos. This letter was published in the Washington Post on February 21, 2001.
We at American Life League would like to ask the following of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital:

1. Does St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital support human embryonic stem cell research—whether or not such research is currently being conducted at any of its facilities?

2. If St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital does not support human embryonic stem cell research, why does the Hospital employ staff who are supporters of and participants in such research?

3. Will St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital publicly state its unequivocal condemnation of human embryonic stem cell research and, if so, when?

This last letter was, again, signed for; however there has been no response.

UPDATE February 2009
In February 2009, American Life League learned that a member of the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital faculty, Peter Doherty Ph.D., was one of eighty Nobel laureates to sign a letter to President George W. Bush in 2001 urging funding for research on human embryos (http://www.aau.edu/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=2938).  This letter was published in the Washington Post on February 21, 2001.

That letter states, in part: “We the undersigned urge you to support Federal funding for research using human pluripotent stem cells.”

Dr. Doherty signed his name and followed it with “St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

Attempts to reach Dr. Doherty via the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital e-mail were not answered.

American Life League then mailed a letter to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital asking the following:

Is/was St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital aware of Dr. Doherty’s signing of the letter to President Bush in 2001?

  1. Since St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was listed after his name, was Dr. Doherty signing the letter as a representative or on behalf of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital?
  2. Is St. Jude Children's Research Hospital aware of Dr. Doherty's current position on human embryonic stem cell research and , if so, does he still support this kind of research?
  3. If Dr. Doherty is still currently a member of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital faculty and continues to maintain a position in favor of human embryonic stem cell research, how does his position affect the statement made by St. Jude Children's Hospital in 2007?

This letter was sent on February 17, 2009 via certified, return receipt mail and was signed for by an employee of St. Jude on February 20, 2009. St. Jude has not responded to any of our questions.

Letter from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital dated January 29, 2007
Esther M. Ashford, Quality Assurance Representative

"St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is not involved in any research or treatment involving human embryonic stem cells.  Many of our treatment protocols for various cancers and other catastrophic diseases include the use of stem cell transplants, but the stem cells used for these procedures are either harvested from adult or sibling donors or from the patient being treated (bone marrow, peripheral blood and cord blood)."


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Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Dallas, TX 75244

Phone: 972-855-1600


Komen for the Cure founder hosts fundraiser for top gay activist organization
Nancy Brinker, the founder of the breast cancer research organization Komen for the Cure, has thrown her weight behind another controversial cause: gay activism. Together with her son Eric, Brinker hosted a reception for the gay legal advocacy organization Lambda Legal last month in Washington, D.C. Lambda is one of the leading organizations promoting the homosexual agenda in the country.

Former Komen Exec Ready to Fight "Planned Bullyhood"

Komen Grants Flowing to Planned Parenthood
Grants from the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure are flowing to Planned Parenthood, as the women’s health organizations seek to rebuild their relationship after the controversy in February over the breast cancer charity’s unsuccessful attempt to defund Planned Parenthood.

Komen Sends Millions to Embryonic Stem Cell Research Centers
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has long upset pro-life advocates for denying the abortion-breast cancer link and sending millions to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. New information shows Komen also supporting centers engaging in embryonic stem cell research. Karen Malec of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer has spent time examining Komen’s 990 Forms for the IRS for 2010 and she found that Komen has active relationships with at least five research groups or educational facilities that engage in embryonic stem cell research, which requires the destruction of unborn children in their earliest days for stem cells that have yet to help any patients.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Donated $7.5M to Planned Parenthood in 2009
In a new interview with the Daily Caller, Komen spokesman John Hammarley provided the latest figures showing the link between the two groups.  He confirmed 20 of Komen’s 122 affiliates have made donations to Planned Parenthood and, last year, those contributions totaled $7.5 million -- much higher than the $731,000 Komen's figures on its web site showed earlier this year.
http://dailycaller.com/2010/10/12/komen-breast-cancer-charity-provides-funding-for-planned-parenthood/#ixzz12F7S4kS7 and

Planned Parenthood Deepens Link to Breast-Cancer Group
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation had noble beginnings, launched by Nancy Goodman Brinker in response to a promise she made to her dying sister, Susan Goodman Komen, to do all she could to eradicate breast cancer.  But for years pro-lifers have opposed contributing to SGK because it not only denies that induced abortions may cause breast cancer, it also bestows financial grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates. SGK now has a webpage dedicated to defending its involvement with Planned Parenthood, including message points and a letter from a "pro-life Catholic."


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The Arc

1825 K St., NW, Suite 1200

Washington, DC 20006

Phone: 800-433-5255

Fax: 202-534-3731


The Arc is the world’s largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The Arc is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

With respect to sexuality, individuals have a right to:

  • Sexual expression and education, reflective of their own cultural, religious and moral values and of social responsibility;
  • Individualized education and information to encourage informed decision-making, including education about such issues as reproduction, marriage and family life, abstinence, safe sexual practices, sexual orientation, sexual abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases; and
  • Protection from sexual harassment and from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse.

With respect to sexuality, individuals have a responsibility to consider the values, rights, and feelings of others.

With respect to the potential for having and raising children, individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities have the right to:

  • Education and information about having and raising children that is individualized to reflect each person’s unique ability to understand;
  • Make their own decisions related to having and raising children with supports as necessary;
  • Make their own decisions related to using birth control methods within the context of their personal or religious beliefs;
  • Have control over their own bodies; and
  • Be protected from sterilization solely because of their disability.


American Life League believes these positions imply, or can be interpreted to mean, that individuals with intellectual disabilities have the right to receive “sex education” (which includes information on “safe sex,” contraception, and the acceptance of homosexual relationships as normal), information on abortion as a viable option to making “decisions related to having … children” and information on sterilization as an acceptable procedure if freely chosen.

Calls and e-mails to the ARC asking for clarification of these positions have been answered.


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