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!


Positions are available for the following:
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Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute

Eklind Hall

1102 Columbia St, Ste 316

Seattle, WA 98104



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

4590 MacArthur Boulevard. NW

Suite 250

Washington, DC 20007



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.



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St. Baldrick's Foundation

1333 Mayflower Ave, Ste 400

Monrovia, CA 91016



From the website:

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

501 St. Jude Place

Memphis, TN 38105-1942


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



UPDATE: February 8, 2013

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. The decision to host the reception comes almost exactly a year after Brinker's organization announced that it was cutting funding for Planned Parenthood, causing her social stigma and isolation among feminists and social progressives. The Washington Post reported that Brinker’s decision to host the Lambda reception one year after the Planned Parenthood dust-up “may look like a bit of PR-savvy outreach to liberals turned off by Komen’s actions.” However, the paper points out that Brinker’s son Eric is gay, and her support for Lambda appears to be genuine.

UPDATE: September 12, 2012

Former Komen Exec Ready to Fight "Planned Bullyhood"

UPDATE: April 12, 2012

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.

At least 17 Planned Parenthood affiliates will be funded this year, about the same number that received grants in 2011, according to a tally provided by Komen. The total amount of the grants, which are for breast-cancer screening and other breast-health services, is still being worked out. Most recipients this year also received funds last year.


American Life League staff recently undertook an examination of the Susan G. Komen affiliates' federal forms 990 to determine the amounts being given directly to Planned Parenthood affiliates by Komen affiliates.

Here are the numbers for 2009-2010:


Komen Affiliate
PP Affiliate
Grant Amount
The Aspen Chapter
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains
Boise, Idaho
Planned Parenthood of Idaho
Central and South Jersey
Planned Parenthood
***Monmouth Med Center
Central Texas
Planned Parenthood of Central Texas
Planned Parenthood of Connecticut
Dallas County
Planned Parenthood of North Texas
The Denver Metropolitan Chapter
Planned Parenthood of the Rockies


Eastern Washington

Planned Parenthood of Inland NW

Greater New York City
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County
Greater Roanoke Valley Area
Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Inc.
North Carolina Triad
Planned Parenthood Health Systems, Inc.
NC Triangle
Planned Parenthood Health Systems
Northern Nevada
Planned Parenthood
Orange County
Planned Parenthood of OC & SB Counties
Planned Parenthood of Delaware
Planned Parenthood of Arizona
The Puget Sound Chapter
Mt. Baker Planned Parenthood
The South Florida Chapter
Planned Parenthood - Breast Health Community Education Program


UPDATE: August 24, 2011

Catholic Bishop: Church Can’t Back Komen Because of Abortion
Bishop Frederick F. Campbell of Columbus, Ohio, is the latest Catholic bishop to instruct churches and schools that he oversees to not engage in fundraising for the Komen for the Cure organization because of its ties to Planned Parenthood. In July, Most Reverend Leonard P. Blair, the Bishop of Toledo, Ohio, said numerous questions Catholic have raised about Komen prompted him and his fellow Ohio bishops to investigate and his conclusion is that Komen has connections to the Planned Parenthood abortion business and embryonic stem cell research. Bishop Blair said he wanted to direct money in his diocese away from Komen and towards other charities without the same concerns.

UPDATE: July 20, 2011

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.

UPDATE: October 13, 2010

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

UPDATE: April 5, 2010

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."

The National office of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure maintains a policy allowing affiliates to offer financial support to abortion-providing facilities. Not all state affiliates give grants to Planned Parenthood however, of funds raised, affiliates must forward 25 percent to the national office and these funds are under the discretion of a board that refuses to disassociate itself from Planned Parenthood.

Public records indicate that Komen affiliates in at least 22 states have provided sizable grants to local Planned Parenthood chapters for breast health care services.  At least 13 Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates have awarded at least 55 grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates during the years 2000 through 2005. These grants are reported on the Susan G. Komen Web site by entering "Planned Parenthood" on Komen's searchable grant page. 

Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the United States. According to its annual report, the nonprofit Planned Parenthood Federation of America performed a record 264,943 abortions according during the 2005 – 2006 fiscal year.

Komen claims that money raised by affiliates who give money grants to Planned Parenthood is for breast services only. However, donors cannot control how an organization designates its funds; therefore, money donated for a specific service like breast health care directly frees up funds to support other areas of that organization’s agenda – such as contraception services, “safe sex” education and abortion services. 

It should also be noted that, according to its 2005-2006 annual report, Planned Parenthood performed 9,900 more abortions and 81,500 fewer breast exams in 2005 than in 2004.

Furthermore, Komen dismisses the link between procured abortion and the increased risk of breast cancer. 

The following list reflects the Planned Parenthood affiliates that received grants, and their amounts, from Komen between April 1, 2007 and March 30, 2008:

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains                             $ 17,518
Planned Parenthood of Texas Capital Region                            $ 14,818
Planned Parenthood of Idaho                                                  $ 25,000
Planned Parenthood of Monmouth County (NJ)                          $ 25,500
Planned Parenthood – Mercer (NJ)                                           $ 47,500
Planned Parenthood of New Mexico                                          $ 37,000
Planned Parenthood of Central Texas                                      $ 45,000
Planned Parenthood of Connecticut                                          $ 15,000
Planned Parenthood of North Texas                                         $ 16,500
Planned Parenthood – El Pason (TX)                                        $ 21,261
Planned Parenthood of Inland NW (WA)                                   $ 29,506
Planned Parenthood – Project Hope Complement (TX)               $ 17,000
Planned Parenthood of Nassau County (NY)                              $ 73,372
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles                                             $ 15,000
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin                                            $154,252
Planned Parenthood Health Systems (NC)                                $  27,684
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (NV)                                        $  80,000
Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Co (CA)          $  43,667
Planned Parenthood of Delaware                                             $  40,000
Planned Parenthood Salt Lake City (UT)                                   $  11,925
Planned Parenthood West Palm Beach (FL)                               $  30,000
Planned Parenthood of Jefferson/Keokuk Iowa                          $   8,165

                                                            TOTAL                                     $795,668

See also:  Komen’s Dark Side at http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/abc.html.

Additionally, Komen endorses human embryonic stem cell research stating that “embryonic stem cells have the most potential for cancer stem cell research.”  (“Cancer Stem Cell Research Shows Promise,” Frontline: The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation’s newsletter.  Fall 2006.  http://cms.komen.org/stellent/groups/public/documents/komen_document/006137.pdf)


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1010 Wayne Ave,. Suite 650

Silver Spring, MD 20910-5638



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.


The Arc’s vision is that every individual and family affected by intellectual disability in the United States has access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to participate as active citizens of our democracy and active members of their community. We work to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the supports they need to live an ordinary, decent American life.


Mission Statement

The Arc of the United States advocates for the rights and full participation of all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services; connect families; inspire communities and influence public policy.



Human and Civil Rights Position

Our constituents are entitled to human and civil rights, regardless of age, gender, race, sexual orientation, culture, severity of disability, or intensity of needed supports. These rights include life, liberty, property, access to voting, and equality of opportunity. All people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities must have the supports they need to exercise and ensure their human rights. Local, state, and national governments must vigorously enforce all human and civil rights.



Physician Assisted Suicide Position



The Arc strongly opposes physician-assisted suicide for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.  Laws and procedures, however strict, are not sufficient to protect them from being coerced into ending their lives.





Sexuality Position



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 in May 2009 asking for clarification of these positions have not yet been answered.


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The Endocrine Society

Suite 900

8401 Connecticut Ave

Chevy Chase, MD 20815


From The Endocrine Society Position Statement - Stem Cell Research, October 2009:

The Endocrine Society enthusiastically supports Executive Order 13505 and NIH funding for stem cell research. The Endocrine Society agrees that for the full potential of ESC research to be reached, the number of stem cell lines readily available to scientists must increase.

The Endocrine Society also supports the guidelines established by NIH to ensure the ethical derivation of human ESC from donated IVF embryos, though the Society encourages the agency to broaden its stance to allow federal funding for research on cells from other sources such as SCNT [somatic cell nuclear transfer - a form of cloning].

In summary, the Society supports the following positions:

• An increase in NIH funding for stem cell research;
• An increase in the number of embryonic stem cell lines for NIH-funded research;
• A broadening of the scope of federally funded research to include cells generated through somatic cell nuclear transfer;
• Availability of federal funding for the derivation of embryonic stem cells from discarded in vitro fertilization (IVF) embryos and through somatic cell nuclear transfer;
• Adherence to the highest ethical and scientific research standards; and
• Federal oversight of embryonic stem cell research to assure ethical standards are always met.




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The Iacocca Foundation

Boston, MA 02116



The Iacocca Foundation was created to fund diabetes research. With the proceeds of his best-selling autobiography, Lee A. Iacocca established the Foundation in 1984 in honor of his late wife, Mary K. Iacocca, who died from complications of type 1 diabetes. 


The Iacocca Foundation is a 509(a)3 supporting organization of The Iacocca Family Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to fund innovative and promising diabetes research programs and projects that will lead to a cure for the disease and alleviate complications caused by it.


The foundation does not make grants for:

1. Projects not on diabetes

2. Buildings or capital improvements

3. Embryonic stem cell research

4. Hospital and university general fund drives

5. General operating costs of hospitals, research institutes, buildings, clinical care clinics, etc.


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UPDATE:  January 6, 2012

UN Agencies Sitting on Billions in Cash Reserves, Refuse full Compliance with Auditors
A confidential audit of UNICEF and UNFPA found “gross” failures in transparency and surprisingly billions of dollars of unspent cash. Both agencies refused to disclose information on staff costs and travel. The auditor found that donors have “little knowledge regarding the ultimate destiny” of funds.  Fox News editor George Russell studied the yet-to-be-disclosed two-volume draft report written by the consulting firm IDC at the request of the government of Norway.  UNFPA and UNICEF refused to answer Fox News’ questions, other than claiming the cash reserves were earmarked for future work on programs.

The Truth About UNICEF

UNICEF is, undoubtedly, the most well known and, probably, the most popular UN agency among Americans. What is not well known, however, is UNICEF's evolution from a life affirming, child saving and Nobel peace prize-winning foundation to a contraceptive-distributing, abortion-performing and sterilization-providing partner of some of the world's most notorious "family planning" organizations.

Continue reading http://www.all.org/article/index/id/MjQyNg/

See Also:

Study finds UNICEF program in West Africa fails (Jan 2010)

Child Sex Book Given Out at U.N. Summit (June 2009)

UNICEF Calls for Legal Abortion in Dominican Republic (April 2009)

Pro-Abortion UN Petition Falters; Pro-Life Initiative Numbers Surging (Oct 2008)

Nicaragua Pressured on Abortion by the UN Human Rights Committee (Oct 2008)

Massive Brazilian Vaccination Raises Suspicions of Covert Sterilization Program (Aug 2008)

UN Uses Highly Suspect Maternal Deaths Stat to Promote Global Abortion (Nov 2007)

Parents Warned Against Giving to UNICEF this Halloween - UNICEF Still Promoting Abortion (Oct 2007)

UNICEF Participates in Conference With 35 Sessions Promoting Abortion (Oct 2007)

UNICEF Among Sponsors of New Campaign Promoting Abortion (Oct 2007)

UNICEF Participates in Conference With 35 Sessions Promoting Abortion (Oct 2007)

UNICEF Among Sponsors of New Campaign Promoting Abortion (Oct 2007)

UNICEF Still Unfit to Receive Halloween Donations from Pro-Lifers (2005)

UNICEF Demands Abortion for Underage Girls without Parents Knowledge (Oct 2004)

UNICEF Halloween fund backs abortion (Oct 2000)

UNICEF memo reveals intentions for child summit (Sept 2000)

UNICEF: Friend or foe? (Oct 1999)

UNICEF has strayed from its original mandate (August 1999)

Vatican cuts off UNICEF (1996 press release)


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United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation

8085 Saltsburg Rd, Ste 201

Pittsburg, PA 15239



In an e-mail to ALL on March 29, 2012, Jean Bassett, Grants Coordinator and Membership Services, provided the UMDF's policy on human embryonic stem cell research:

The current UMDF Grant Review Committee follows the National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines. UMDF has received only one request involving embryonic stem cells and it was not considered for funding. Given the broad scope of potential and ethical considerations, UMDF feels a blanket position is difficult and therefore addresses each research request on a case by case study.

Note:  NIH guidelines allow for human embryonic stem cell research.


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