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 Kidney Foundation

30 East 33rd Street

New York, NY 10016

Phone: 800-622-9010



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



“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.”


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Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

National Headquarters

801 Eighteenth Street, NW

Washington, DC 20006-3517

Phone: 800-424-8200




The Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) is a veterans' service organization in the United States of America, founded in 1946.  Since its founding, the primary goal of the Paralyzed Veterans of America (“Paralyzed Veterans”) has been to assist its members in re-entering mainstream society.

In 1975, the Paralyzed Veterans’ Board of Directors approved a formal organization of its research activities by creating a nonprofit foundation, the Technology and Research Foundation. The following year, the Foundation was legally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. In the early 1980's, the corporation was renamed the PVA Spinal Cord Research Foundation to reflect its interest and activities more accurately. Its current working title is the PVA Research Foundation

The Foundation supports research in a wide variety of areas that may use animal models, human tissue, and human subjects. All applicants must comply with rules and regulations published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on certifications and assurances regarding use of animals in research, human tissue, and human subjects. In each case, approval documents from the appropriate Institutional Review Board (IRB) or committee must be specific to the proposed investigation, including the time period for which the grant is requested.

The Foundation requires that all individuals and institutions that conduct research using human tissue -- including stem cells -- with Foundation funds adhere to all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to the use of this tissue, including IRB procedures and approvals.


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Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

401 Hackensack Ave, 9th Floor

Hackensack, NJ 07601

Phone: 201-250-8440

Fax: 201-250-8435



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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Pencils of Promise (PoP)

37 West 28th Street, 3rd Fl.

New York, NY 10001

Phone: 212-777-3170



Pencils of Promise, also known as PoP for short, is a non-profit organization that builds schools and increases educational opportunities in the developing world. Pencils of Promise was founded by Adam Braun in October 2008. It is a 501(c)(3) organization with school-building operations in Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ghana.


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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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Ride for Life

HSC, Stony Brook University

Level 2, Room 106

Stoney Brook, NY 11794-8231

Phone: 631-444-1292




Ride for Life, Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation begun in 1997 by ALS patients, caregivers and those who care about people living with ALS.  The first Ride began in 1998.  The organization is called “Ride for Life” because of its signature annual event.  Each May during ALS Awareness Month, ALS patients ride their electric wheelchairs for multiple days down the highways and byways to raise funds for a cure and create awareness about ALS.

The mission of Ride for Life is to raise public awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), help research in finding a cure, support ALS patients and their families, and provide the ALS community with the latest ALS related news, information and inspiration. 

The Ride for Life positions on life topics are not clear.  The website indicates that 50% of all funds raised go to research, but specific research organizations/facilities are not named.

ALL is awaiting a response to our inquiry.


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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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