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 charity 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 sign 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 inquires, 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!
ALS Association (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association)
1275 K Street, NW Suite 250 Washington, DC 20005 Phone: 202-407-8580 ALSA.org
Updated 2018: Confirmed
In an email to ALL from Carrie Munk at the ALS Association July 2, 2014:
The ALS Association primarily funds adult stem cell research. Currently, The Association is funding one study using embryonic stem cells (ESC), and the stem cell line was established many years ago under ethical guidelines set by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); this research is funded by one specific donor, who is committed to this area of research. In fact, donors may stipulate that their funds not be invested in this study or any stem cell project. Under very strict guidelines, The Association may fund embryonic stem cell research in the future.
The ALS Association also financially supports NEALS (the Northeast ALS Consortium) which performs human embryonic stem cell research:
The ALS Association Awards $500,000 to the NEALS Consortium for Its TREAT ALS™ Clinical Trials Network
For the sixth consecutive year, The ALS Association is pleased to announce its support of the Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS), the largest consortium of ALS clinical researchers in the world. This year’s award totals $500,000 and will fund new initiatives and ongoing programs that will increase the quality and efficiency of clinical trials for ALS. (www.alsa.org/news/archive/neals-consortium-award.html)
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
333 E. Lancaster Ave Suite 414 Wynnewood, PA 19096 Phone: 866-333-1213 Phone: 610-649-3038 www.alexslemonade.org
Updated 2018: ALSF grant guidelines now state that it “does not accept proposals for research utilizing human embryonic stem cells or nonhuman primates. (Research with human induced pluripotent stem cells is permissible.)” Source
Liz Scott, Alex’s mother and co-executive director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, stated in an e-mail to ALL in May, 2012, that: “Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation has not funded anything even remotely related to embryonic stem cell research.”
However, when it was pointed out to Mrs. Scott that, according to the Foundation’s website, there were grant funds being directed toward researchers and research facilities that support, promote and conduct such research, she responded:
“Although we have not issued a public policy position, I can tell you that ALSF has always followed all federal guidelines for research that involves human-derived cells and tissues. We are very sensitive to the variety of opinions on issues related to stem cells, and are committed to funding research programs that meet all of the stringent ethical standards at the institutional, foundation and government levels, that are designed to find cures for childhood cancer. I can tell you that when we award funds to our grant recipients 100% of the funds are used for their project only—the institution is not allowed to take any indirect costs or general operating costs from the award funds or to use funds for other projects.”
ALL cautions that federal guidelines allow for both human embryonic stem cell research and the use of aborted fetal materials in research.
When contacted by email in July 2014 with an update request, someone by the name of Lisa responded:
“We do not have a policy. We have never received an application that includes embryonic stem cells so this isn’t an issue for us.”
When asked what the organization would do if it did receive a grant application that involved the use of human embryonic stem cells or aborted fetal material, there was no further reply.
Alliance for Aging Research
1700 K Street, NW Suite 740 Washington, DC 20006 Phone: 202-293-2856 Phone: 202-955-8394 www.agingresearch.org
Updated 2018: Confirmed
The Alliance for Aging Research is a 501(c)(3) group that advocates for medical research and scientific discoveries to improve the health and independence of Americans as they age. As such, the Alliance supports public policies that advance research involving both adult and embryonic stem cells and regenerative medicine in general.
While the Alliance for Aging Research opposes efforts to copy human life through cloning technologies, it is a leader among patient groups and science advocates supporting public funding for broad activities in stem cell research as well as therapeutic cloning of compatible stem cell lines for research and potential therapies. On its own and through membership in the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, the Alliance will support the enactment of legislation to encourage increased federal funding for advances in stem cell research. https://web.archive.org/web/20130907070614/http://www.agingresearch.org/content/topic/detail/?id=1018&template=position
UPDATE: July 2, 2014
In an email to ALL from Noel Lloyd, Communications Manager at AAR:
The Alliance supports public policies that advance medical research with the potential to prevent, postpone or otherwise lessen diseases and disabilities that increase with aging. This includes policy support – though not direct funding – of a broad scope of regenerative medicine, including research on induced pluripotent and human embryonic stem cells.
Alliance for Girls
510 16th Street Oakland, CA 94612 Phone: 510-629-9464 Phone: 510-318-5399 Alliance4Girls.org
Alliance for Girls builds alliances with girl-member organizations operating in the San Francisco Bay area. Organization leaders collaborate on best practices, research, and barriers facing young girls.
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte attended Alliance for Girls’ members-only meeting in December 2015 to gather support for its campaign to “Help Planned Parenthood regain funding, advocate for access to an abortion provider in the 50%+ counties in California that lack one, and Fight the ballot initiative that would force disclosure to parents/guardians of abortion by young women.
“The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM)’s mission is to advance regenerative medicine by representing, supporting and engaging all stakeholders in the field, including companies, academic research institutions, patient advocacy groups, foundations, health insurers, financial institutions and other organizations.”
According to the website, regenerative medicine includes cell-based therapies, gene therapy, biologics, tissue engineering, bio-banking, and stem cells for drug discovery, toxicity testing and disease modeling. It is this last branch of regenerative medicine which causes the most concern: “Companies are increasingly learning to leverage the use of stem cells and/or living tissue constructs to create in vitro models to study human mechanisms of disease and the effects of drugs on a variety of cell and tissue types such as human heart, liver and brain cells. These models, built predominantly using embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells, allow for faster and safer drug development.”
Many of ARM’s members are companies, foundations, and associations with public positions of support for human embryonic stem cell research.
225 N. Michigan Avenue Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601-7633 Phone: 312-335-8700 Phone: 866-699-1246 www.alz.org
Updated 2018: Confirmed
“The Alzheimer’s Association policy supports and encourages any legitimate scientific avenue that offers the potential to advance this goal, including human embryonic stem cell research; and, we oppose any restriction or limitation on research, provided that appropriate scientific review, and ethical and oversight guidelines and compliance are in place.” http://www.alz.org/national/documents/statements_stemcell.pdf
The American Cancer Society is not considered a pro-life organization for the following reasons:
Support for human embryonic stem cell research
Grant funding at facilities known prominently for human embryonic stem cell research
Grant funding to Planned Parenthood
Referrals to Planned Parenthood as a health information/education resource
Suggested fertility options including IVF, embryo freezing, egg/sperm donation and surrogacy
The American Cancer Society (ACS) has, for many years, insisted that the federal government “remains the institution best suited to both fund and oversee research using human embryonic stem cells” while claiming to fund only “explorations into uses of human adult stem cells and stem cells from umbilical cord blood.”
However, in August 2001, when then-President Bush signed an executive order restricting federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research to stem cell lines that were already in existence at the time, the ACS issued a statement commending the administration for allowing stem cell research to proceed, and expressed hope for its future.
“The Society believes that such research holds extraordinary potential in the fight against a variety of life-threatening diseases currently afflicting an estimated 140 million Americans,” the statement said. It continued, “The American Cancer Society commends the Administration for allowing this vital scientific research to proceed—even in a limited way.”
“The American Cancer Society remains hopeful that both the government and commercial sectors will continue to work collaboratively and with an open mind to explore additional solutions that will allow for the continuation of human embryonic stem cell research as necessary and appropriate,” the ACS statement concluded.
These statements can no longer be found on the ACS website, but can be viewed HERE.
Keep in mind that during the eight years that followed Bush’s order, Congress passed legislation to expand human embryonic stem cell research and each time it was vetoed. When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, one of his first acts as president was to issue an executive order expanding the research policy. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) began funding grants in the field of human embryonic stem cell research.
No ACS grants which provide for the direct funding of human embryonic stem cell research have been identified; however, grant funding to facilities and labs where such research abounds is indeed prominent.
1995 Broadway Suite 202 New York, NY 10023-5860 Phone: 866-905-2694 Phone: 212-362-4919 http://www.acsh.org
Updated 2018: Confirmed
The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) is a consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment, and health. ACSH was founded in 1978 by a group of scientists who had become concerned that many important public policies related to health and the environment did not have a sound scientific basis. These scientists created the organization to add reason and balance to debates about public health issues and to bring common sense views to the public. http://www.acsh.org/about/
“I’m pleased with the court’s [U.S. appeals court rules in favor of stem cell research, August 2012] decision,” says ACSH’s Dr. Gilbert Ross, “since stem cells have such vast potential to solve currently insoluble medical problems, including illnesses such as ALS and perhaps, eventually, Alzheimer’s disease. Certainly, to continue scientific advances in this field, research on stem cells must not be discouraged.” http://acsh.org/2012/08/u-s-appeals-court-rules-in-favor-of-stem-cell-research/
The American Diabetes Association applauds President Obama for issuing an Executive Order that will advance stem cell research by lifting existing restrictions on the use of embryonic stem cells, while maintaining strict ethical guidelines.
National Service Center 7272 Greenville Ave Dallas, TX 75231 Phone: 800-242-8721 www.heart.org
Updated 2018: Confirmed
The American Heart Association website states the following:
“Research applications involving the creation of human embryos or the derivation or use of human stem cells from in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment embryos or fetal sources will not be accepted.”
American Lung Association
55 Wacker Dr., Suite 1150 Chicago, IL 60601 Phone: 312-801-7630 www.lung.org
Updated 2018: Confirmed
The American Lung Association recognizes that research with human stem cells offer significant potential to further our understanding of fundamental lung biology and to develop cell-based therapies to treat lung disease. The American Lung Association supports the responsible pursuit of research involving the use of human stem cells. http://www.lung.org/get-involved/advocate/advocacy-documents/research.pdf
American Medical Association
AMA Plaza 330 N. Wabash Ave., Suite 39300 Chicago, IL 60611-5885 Phone: 80-262-3211 www.ama-assn.org
Our AMA (1) supports continued research employing fetal tissue obtained from induced abortion, including investigation of therapeutic transplantation; and (2) demands that adequate safeguards be taken to isolate decisions regarding abortion from subsequent use of fetal tissue, including the anonymity of the donor, free and non-coerced donation of tissue, and the absence of financial inducement. (Res. 170, I-89; Reaffirmed by Res. 91, A-90; Modified: Sunset Report, I-00) http://www.ama-assn.org/ad-com/polfind/Hlth-Ethics.pdf
American Parkinson's Disease Association
National Office 135 Parkinson Avenue Staten Island, NY 10305 Phone: 800-223-2732 Phone: 718-981-4399 www.apdaparkinson.org
“We were very pleased on September 28, 2010 that the DC Circuit Court of Appeals issued a stay of the preliminary injunction pending its review of the appeal of the judicial challenge to federal funding for human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research. Without getting mired down in all the various terms and courts, what this means is that federal funding for hESC research will continue at least for the time period that it takes for the Court of Appeals to review Judge Lamberth’s August 23rd decision to enjoin funding. You should also know that yesterday the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR), of which PAN is a founding member, filed an amicus brief in the District Court. This brief supports and compliments the Department of Justice (DoJ) brief that was filed on behalf of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Monday.”
A report issued from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in December of 2011 caused concerns that the organization may start advocating for abortion rights.
In a section of the report on human rights, IFRC quotes a widely criticized document issued by Anand Grover, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, which said,
“States must take measures to ensure that legal and safe abortion services are available, accessible, and of good quality.” The IFRC report goes on to editorialize, “But the real challenge is to find out how many states will indeed change their policies accordingly.”
ASIA is a multidisciplinary organization whose membership is composed of physicians and allied health professionals specifically involved in spinal cord injury management. Current membership numbers 452 of which 85% are physicians. The remaining 15% are nurses, therapists, psychologists and other allied health professionals.
ASIA positions on the life topics are not clear; ALL is awaiting a response to our inquiry.
The American Thoracic Society (ATS) is an organization dedicated to serving patients with lung disease through research, advocacy, training, and patient care. As such, it supports making federal funding available for research using human embryonic stem cells with appropriate guidelines and federal and institutional oversight.
Amnesty International Continues Pushing Abortion Worldwide (2013)
Amnesty International, a human rights organization that used to be abortion neutral, is now using the problem of maternal mortality to advocate for abortion. In a new report, ostensibly on medical care for maternal health, Amnesty calls on governments to repeal abortion laws and conscience protection for medical workers who may object. They also call for public health systems to train and equip health care providers to perform abortions.
Amnesty International Launches New Campaign to Push Abortion Worldwide (2014)
Amnesty International has been under fire for years for its pro-abortion positions and now the venerable human rights group is launching a new global effort to push abortion on a worldwide scale. “The My Body My Rights campaign encourages young people around the world to know and demand their right to make decisions about their health, body, sexuality and reproduction without state control, fear, coercion or discrimination. It also seeks to remind world leaders of their obligations to take positive action, including through access to health services,” the group says. http://www.lifenews.com/2014/03/10/amnesty-international-launches-new-campaign-to-push-abortion-worldwide/
1825 K St., NW, Suite 1200 Washington, DC 20006 Phone: 800-433-5255 Phone: 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.
The Avon Foundation for Women is a 501(c)(3) public charity founded in 1955 with the mission to promote or aid charitable, scientific, educational, and humanitarian activities, with a special emphasis on those activities that improve the lives of women and their families. In its work to realize those aspirations, the Foundation’s current mission focus is to lead efforts to eradicate breast cancer and end domestic and gender violence.
The Avon Breast Cancer Crusade was established in 1992. Since then, more than $815 million has been raised for breast cancer awareness and education, screening and diagnosis, access to care, support services and scientific research. Beneficiaries range from leading cancer research centers to local, nonprofit breast health programs, creating a powerful international network of research, medical, social service, and community-based breast cancer organizations.
The Avon Foundation is one of many breast cancer research fundraising groups that has yet to acknowledge the link between abortion and breast cancer.
While the Avon Foundation does not direct grant funding to Planned Parenthood, the more detailed answer on its website seems to indicate that it might—if it received a grant request that met its criteria.
Q: Does the Avon Foundation for Women support Planned Parenthood?
Our records indicate that in the last five years the Avon Foundation has received only one Planned Parenthood affiliate grant application from among more than an estimated 3,000 grant applications received during that time period, and it was not among our funded applicants. Our grant programs are highly competitive and unfortunately we receive many more quality applicants than available funds can support. Our Safety Net Program, Avon Breast Health Outreach Program and eight Avon Breast Health Centers of Excellence provide more than $15 million annually to address the needs for education, screening and treatment programs for underserved and uninsured women.
The Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program was launched in the U.S. in 2004 and global expansion began shortly thereafter, with programs now in Central and South America and Europe. The Speak Out mission focuses on raising funds and awareness for domestic violence awareness, education and prevention programs while developing new community outreach and support for victims, and there is a special focus on supporting programs that assist children affected by domestic violence. Already more than $38 million has been awarded to over 250 organizations in the U.S.
In 2008, Avon Products, Inc. and the Avon Foundation introduced the company’s first-ever global fundraising product, the Women’s Empowerment Bracelet, designed to save and improve women’s lives worldwide. The bracelet was unveiled by Avon Foundation Honorary Chair Reese Witherspoon at the second annual Global Summit for a Better Tomorrow, presented by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in partnership with Avon, at the United Nations in celebration of International Women’s Day. Since then an entire catalog of fundraising products has been created.
UNIFEM is the United Nations Development Fund for Women. Established in 1976, it is self-described as “fostering women’s empowerment and gender equality” and helping to make the “voices of women heard at the United Nations.” Two international agreements form the framework for UNIFEM’s mission and goals: The Beijing Platform for Action and the Convention on the Elimination for All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
In 1995, the Beijing Platform for Action (Beijing Platform) expressly called upon governments to reexamine restrictive abortion laws that punish women. By linking women’s health to abortion law reform, the Beijing Platform affirmed what [pro-abortion] advocates [believe] worldwide: removing legal barriers to abortion saves women’s lives, promotes their health, and empowers women to make decisions crucial to their well-being.
The BDSRA website contains no organizational policy or position statement on stem cell research. The website does include, however, information on a clinical trial utilizing human neural stem cells conducted at the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland Oregon in November 2006.
BDSRA followed the approval process for this clinical trial closely and, while the BDSRA did not recruit participants, had no role in the selection of participants, and did not supply research funds to the finance the trial, it did post the information and supply a cover letter along with information about applying for the trial to interested families. The clinical trial was significant enough to also note in the BDSRA 2007 Annual Report.
The Breast Cancer Prevention Institute is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation, which educates healthcare professionals and the general public through research publications, lectures, and the internet, on ways to reduce breast cancer incidence.
Catholic Relief Services
228 W. Lexington Street Baltimore, MD 21201-3413 Phone: 888-277-7575 http://crs.org
We believe that both Marian Wright Edelman and the Children’s Defense Fund stand in direct contradiction to everything the Catholic Church holds and teaches on major family life issues including fornication, contraception, abortion, and family life policies.
U.S. Coalition for Life
The name Children’s Defense Fund is obviously a misnomer. Established by Marian Wright Edelman in 1973 as an “agent of social change,” the CDF is in fact not a friend of children. This is one reason why the CDF receives the lion’s share of its operating funds for litigation, research, and “public education” from major anti-life foundations including the proverbial Ford, Rockefeller and Carnegie Foundations—-long-time agents of “social(ist) change”—-and new corporate anti-life entities such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which was instrumental in the establishment of so-called “school-based” clinics promoted by the CDF and its nation-wide affiliates. It also explains why two of the nation’s foremost abortion movers and shakers—-former First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala—-have had a long-term and intimate relationship with both Mrs. Edelman and the CDF.
585 Stewart Ave, Suite LL18 Garden City, NY 11530 Phone: 516-222-1944
“Our organization is split on this controversy [sic] issue. However, as a volunteer organization, we do not have any control over the works of our scholars. We are strictly a volunteer organization which raises funds for research with but one objective . . . to pray that science will indeed find the answers that we seek. We place no caveat on what a scholar can and cannot do. [We] hope you will appreciate our office remaining neutral.”
Allan D. Weinberg
Note: In other words, CLRA claims that it has no control over what type of research is conducted with the funds that the organization raises and provides to researchers.
No response to request for update.
Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A Short Hills, NJ 07078 Phone: 1-800-539-7309
Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation Position Statement on Stem Cell Research
“. . . The Foundation believes that the responsible, unfettered pursuit of all stem cell research is the surest, most direct way to the development of rational therapies for many diseases and disorders.”
Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR)
2021 K Street NW, Suite 305 Washington, DC 20006 Phone:
CAMR, as an organization, was dissolved in 2010 and re-directed all of its assest as well as its website to the Alliance on Regenerative Medicine. See listing for ARM.
“The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR) is the nation’s leading bipartisan pro-cures coalition. CAMR is comprised of nearly 100 nationally recognized patient organizations, universities, scientific societies, and foundations advocating for the advancement of breakthrough research and technologies in regenerative medicine.
CAMR’s advocacy and education outreach focuses on stem cell research, somatic cell nuclear transfer [cloning], and related research fields in which the mission is to develop treatments and cures for individuals with life-threatening illnesses and disorders.
“That type of research [human embryonic stem cell] is not applicable to any of the projects we have funded or are likely to fund in the near future. You can find a complete list of our projects on our website under the Research tab. As such, we have not taken a position and do not intend to take a position as it is outside the scope of our mission.”
Rick Labuda, Executive Director
E-mail to ALL on July 28, 2014
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
National Headquarters 733 Third Ave., Suite 510 New York, NY 10017 Phone: 800-932-2423 Phone: 212-779-4098 www.ccfa.org
“. . . NO, . . . We currently do not fund any stem cell research. However, if we received a grant application for funding that had merit we would not automatically exclude it from funding consideration. We have some concerns regarding the risk vs. the benefits of stem cell transplants. At this point we have not received any stem cell funding request that we found suitable to fund. (italics and underline added)
Jackie Spencer, MSW
Manager, Educational Resources
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
“The CF Foundation has not engaged in stem cell research, because it is not a viable treatment option for CF at this time. Since it is not viable for CF at this time, the CF Foundation does not take a stance on the issue either way. We are dedicated to finding a cure/control for this disease and our focus remains steadfast on that primary goal.” (italics added)
“The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation does not support embryonic stem cell research. While stem cells may be beneficial in developing treatment for certain diseases, for CF, other approaches such as the use of small molecules hold more immediate promise. To this point, the CF Foundation is funding many drug development collaborations with biotech and pharmaceutical companies to discover and develop new potential therapies to fight the disease from every angle.”
American Life Leauge has marked the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with a caution symbol due to the fact that much of today’s drug development research involves the use of human embryonic stem cell lines.
MSF does not take a position on abortion or family planning; however we do provide emergency medical aid to people according to their individual needs. That often includes abortion, contraception, sex education in HIV/AIDS prevention programs, as well as prophylactic treatments for victims of sexual violence. Our teams often see women and girls who need medical attention due to injuries suffered during unsafe illegal abortions in places where the practice is illegal or taboo. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/faq/do-you-provide-abortions-or-work-family-planning-issues
MSF also administers drugs to prevent or treat hepatitis B and other sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, and urinary tract infections. Unwanted pregnancies, another potential result of rape, can be dangerous in areas where women have no access to safe abortion and may expose herself to the risks of an unsafe procedure. Pregnancy can be prevented if the victim comes in within 120 hours of the attacks by administering the morning after pill. (MSF will provide/administer emergency contraception) http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/our-work/medical-issues/sexual-violence
After birth, both the baby and the mother are still at risk. MSF offers postnatal care and family planning options. “We try to get the women to come back in the first week, and then again at six weeks for a final check and to start them on contraception if they wish,” says the midwife. “Many women want to have babies, but many others would rather not get pregnant.” MSF is currently responding to a high interest and demand for family planning services amongst refugee women, as many of them prefer to avoid pregnancy while living in such difficult conditions. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/article/syrian-refugees-lebanon-pregnant-women-often-have-no-idea-where-go
MSF has been running three reproductive health care clinics in eastern Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley since April 2013. At the end of June 2013 nearly 850 consultations had been provided by skilled Lebanese midwives. In Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city, MSF runs a reproductive health care program within its clinic at Dar al Zahraa hospital, providing more than 450 consultations to Syrian refugees. In January 2013, MSF also started offering family planning services, providing 118 consultations as of late June. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/article/syrian-refugees-lebanon-pregnant-women-often-have-no-idea-where-go
“Easter Seals does not take a stance or support Stem Cell Research or Planned Parenthood. Our mission is to provide programs and services for children and adults so they can live more meaningful and independent lives.”
Rosemary Garza, CIRS
Easter Seals Information and Referral Services
Food For The Poor is the largest international relief and development organization in the United States, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Founded in 1982, the interdenominational Christian ministry serves the poorest of the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Programs provide housing, healthcare, education, fresh water, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance in addition to feeding hundreds of thousands of people each day.
There are no reports or indications that any of the “aid” provided by Food For The Poor includes “reproductive health care” items.
Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care & Cure (FSCIPCC )
The Foundation for Spinal Cord Injury Prevention, Care & Cure (FSCIPCC) is a non-profit educational group dedicated to the prevention, care and cure of spinal cord injuries through public awareness, education and funding research. FSCIPCC is committed to improving the quality of care for persons with serious spinal cord injuries and to raising funds that support the search for a cure.
FSCIPCC positions on the life topics are not clearly stated; the organization’s “research” webpage lists links to other organizations, some of which support hESCR, but then there is this disclaimer:
“These links are offered as an information service and are not intended to cover all treatments nor research in the field, nor is it an endorsement of the methods mentioned therein.”
Friendship Bridge provides funding, education, and health services to low-income Guatemalan women. One of its health programs, “Health for Life”, uses mobile health clinics that travel to remote villages and provide a range of services including birth control consultations (injections, implants, pills).
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through life-changing programs and experiences that help girls navigate gender, economic, and social barriers. Research-based curricula, delivered by trained, mentoring professionals in a positive all-girl environment equip girls to achieve academically; lead healthy and physically active lives; manage money; navigate media messages; and discover an interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. The network of local Girls Inc. nonprofit organizations serves 136,000 girls ages 6 – 18 annually across the United States and Canada. http://www.girlsinc.org/about/about-girls-inc.html
Girls Inc. specifically promotes a group of civil rights that they call the “Girls’ Bill of Rights” which includes:
Girls have the right to be themselves and to resist gender stereotypes.
Girls have the right to express themselves with originality and enthusiasm.
Girls have the right to take risks, to strive freely, and to take pride in success.
Girls have the right to accept and appreciate their bodies.
Girls have the right to have confidence in themselves and to be safe in the world.
Girls have the right to prepare for interesting work and economic independence.
While the “rights” listed do not appear particularly harmful, Girls Inc. is based largely on strong radical feminist ideology. The organization’s website has been sanitized in recent years to remove specific references to feminist proponents, leaders and resources.
Through Girls Inc.’s “Preventing Adolescent Pregnancy”®, girls acquire the knowledge and skills for taking charge of and making informed decisions about their sexual health. Exploring values, practicing responses in different situations, and thinking about their futures, help girls identify ways and reasons to avoid early pregnancy [including contraception] and prevent sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. http://www.girlsinc.org/resources/programs/girls-inc-preventing-adolescent-pregnancy.html
Girls Inc. has, in the past, been associated with Planned Parenthood Federation of America in terms of PPFA “sexuality educators” conducting sex education classes at Girls Inc. affiliates and use of PPFA materials as resources. No current indications of continued partnership could be located as of this posting (06/17/14).
Habitat for Humanity
121 Habitat Street Americus, GA 31709-3498 Phone: 800-461-9330 www.habitat.org
Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI), generally referred to as Habitat for Humanity or simply Habitat, is an international, non-governmental, and non-profit organization, which was founded in 1976. Habitat has been devoted to building “simple, decent, and affordable” housing.
Community-level Habitat offices act in partnership with and on behalf of Habitat for Humanity International. In the United States, these local offices are called Habitat affiliates. Each affiliate is an independently run, nonprofit organization. Affiliates coordinate all aspects of Habitat home building in their local area, including fundraising, building site selection, partner family selection and support, house construction, and mortgage servicing.
Homes are built using volunteer labor and are sold at no profit. Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since its founding in 1976, making Habitat the largest not-for-profit builder in the world. http://www.habitat.org/how/FAQ.aspx
The Histiocytosis Association states that it is dedicated to addressing the unique needs of patients and families dealing with the effects of histiocytic disorders while leading the search for a cure through research grants. While the Histiocytosis Association president, Jeffrey Toughill, claims the organization’s policy prohibits any research using embryonic stem cells, its Guidelines and Terms & Conditions make no mention of this whatsoever. Furthermore, a quick search of its grants awarded for research turned up at least two instances where aborted fetal cells were used.
Huntington's Disease Society of America
505 8th Avenue, Suite 902 New York, NY 10018 Phone: 800-345-4372 www.hdsa.org
Help Ensure Strong Federal Support for Embryonic Stem Cell Research – Submit Comments to the NIH on its Draft Guidelines
Although the draft guidelines represent a big step forward and create an ethical framework that will allow for federal funding of additional stem cell research in the future, there are a number of areas where the guidelines need to be clarified and/or changed to ensure that current research is allowed to continue and no new bureaucratic hurdles are created that would slow the pace of progress. The main areas of concern are highlighted in the template we have provided to you. http://www.hdsa.org/images/content/1/1/11976.pdf
President Obama signs executive order lifting the ban on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research [3/9/2009]
A debt of gratitude is also owed to those in the HD community who raised awareness of this issue and advocated for reversal of the ban. http://www.hdsa.org/images/content/1/1/11912.pdf
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:
Projects not on type 1 diabetes; research using embryonic stem cells, human fetal tissue or human embryos; buildings or capital improvements; hospital and university general fund drives; and general operating costs of hospitals, research institutes, buildings, clinical care clinics, etc. http://www.iacoccafoundation.org/diabetes-research/grant-guidelines
The mission of the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation USA is to raise and disburse funds in order to provide research, care, and advocacy to benefit those with genetic intellectual disabilities in accordance with the medical and ethical standards of Dr. Jérôme Lejeune, the father of modern genetics. This is carried out by conducting, promoting, and funding therapeutically oriented research; by assisting in the development of healthcare services for these individuals; and by serving as their advocate in a spirit of respect for the dignity of all human persons.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
26 Broadway New York, NY 10004 Phone: 800-533-2873 Phone: 212-785-9595
JDRF SCIENTIFIC GUIDELINES (page 9)
4.0 HUMAN EMBRYOS IN STEM CELL RESEARCH
Statement of Policy
JDRF funds research for the derivation of hES from excess embryos created by in vitro fertilization (IVF) for reproductive purposes. This includes stored embryos that are no longer needed for reproductive purposes and embryos determined to be clinically unsuitable for uterine implantation. http://jdrf.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/JDRF_Scientific_Guidelines.pdf
“The Kay Yow Cancer Fund does not fund research using human embryonic stem cells/aborted fetal material. The stem cell research is related to progenitor cells.”
“The mission of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund is to support women’s cancer research – all types of women’s cancers. Planned Parenthood does not conduct cancer research and the Kay Yow Cancer Fund only funds institutes that perform research, all of which are major universities.”
Susan N. Donohoe
While there is no evidence that the Kay Yow Cancer Fund funds any immoral research, it does provide financial grants to researchers at facilities which are known for supporting and/or conducting human embryonic stem cell research. These facilities include Baylor College of Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The John Hopkins University, University of California (San Francisco), University of Chicago and Vanderbilt University.
Additionally, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund also lists as “Founding Partners” Nike and GlaxoSmithKline. While Nike and GSK are providing funds to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and not receiving them, we note that both companies have been pro-life boycott targets for many years due to their unwavering financial support of Planned Parenthood.
The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) released the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s executive order lifting the Bush administration’s restrictions on federally financed human embryonic stem cell research:
1311 Mamaroneck Ave Suite 310 White Plains, NY 10605 Phone: 914-949-5213 Phone: 914-949-6691 www.lls.org
LLS supports the use of human ES cells for research and the development of therapies whenever the proposed research is judged meritorious by appropriately constituted scientific review committees and the board of directors of LLS.
Louis J. DeGennaro, PhD
Interim President and CEO,
Chief Mission Officer
Emailed to ALL 8/7/14
1. Emphasis on pre-natal diagnosis of birth defects, for which abortion is often the “treatment”
2. Close ties to the eugenics movement
3. Support of experimentation on live babies in the womb and on tissue from aborted babies
4. Support of federally funded embryo-destructive stem cell research and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis
5. Dishonesty in ignoring the connection between prior abortions and premature birth
6. Grants to Planned Parenthood
7. “Neutral” stance on abortion, which accepts and encourages abortion by its silence
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.
Founded in 2002, Mary’s Meals USA provides grants to Mary’s Meals International (UK) to fund its school feeding programs. These programs provide free school meals in communities where poverty and hunger prevent children from education opportunities. It claims to feed 1.2 million children every school day.
Mary’s Meals is named after Mary, the mother of Jesus, by its founders, who were inspired by their Catholic faith, although the charity is not recognized as a Catholic organisation.
Annual revenue exceeded $4 million in 2016. It’s headquarters is located in Dalmally, Scotland.
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
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
Mission Statement: “We don’t stand between government aid and people in need. We stand with people in need so they no longer need the government.”
Motto: “Malice towards none and charity for all.”
General Fund—efforts to “improve the human condition spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally” one heart, one mind, one soul at a time.
Israel Support Fund—Mercury One has committed to work in immediately sending two shipping cargo containers of medial and relief supplies to Israel. These supplies will be shared with the Israeli Defense Forces and Israeli hospitals. The hospitals we will be sharing these supplies with treat both Jews and Palestinians.
Border Crisis—Support organizations at the border to supply food, clothing, water, and other relief to those children and families in most need. Money from this fund will also be used to support and provide relief to the organizations, families and individuals associated with protecting and defending the border as Mercury One recognizes the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual toll on these individuals.
Disaster Relief Fund—to help people and communities prepare for disasters, and when tragedy strikes these funds are used to help rebuild the lives and neighborhoods of those affected.
Military and veterans—funds will be used to support active military and veterans, including those affected by the recent Fort Hood shooting, those suffering from PTSD, and those who have been otherwise injured serving our country.
Values and Voices—Mercury One recognizes that a war over culture is taking place, and it looks to promote amazing music, art, books, and education wherever they are found. Donations to this fund will be used to support the values and voices of those who are developing culture in creative, honorable ways.
Children—Donations to this fund will be used to protect children against human and sex trafficking, provide food and clothing to children in need, and support the children of military families
No funding is provided for research purposes; no concerns found regarding life topics. Issues regarding organizational accountability and/or transparency as well as charity ratings are left to the potential donor for discernment.
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.
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.
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.
My Friend’s Place lists as one of its many partners Clean Needles Now, an organization which provides syringe exchange for intravenous drug users.
National Brain Tumor Society
55 Chapel Street, Suite 200 Newton, MA 02458 Phone: 617-924-9997 Phone: 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.”
Senior Director of Research
Managing Director of Defeat GBM Research Collaborative
E-mail to ALL 7/25/14
“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.
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.
“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.”
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)
National Headquarters 801 Eighteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20006-3517 Phone: 800-424-8200 http://www.pva.org
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. http://www.pva.org/atf/cf/%7BCA2A0FFB-6859-4BC1-BC96-6B57F57F0391%7D/Research_2015%20P&P.pdf
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)
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
Polycarp Research Institute
Box 105 Enola, PA 17025 Phone: 717-695-3147 Phone: 717-695-3147 www.polycarp.org
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.
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.
Rotary International 1 Rotary Center, 1560 Sherman Avenue Evanston, 60201-3698 Phone: 847-866-3000 www.rotary.org
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 34,000 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.
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. http://sabrinacohenfoundation.weebly.com/grants.html
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.
Save the Children Federation, Inc is an international NGO promoting children’s rights and provides support to impoverished children in developing countries. Its US programs serve children living in the most isolated and underserved areas of rural America.
According to its 2017 Form 990, Save the Children generated revenue in excess of $759 million.
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.
Spina Bifida Association
1600 Wilson Blvd., Suite 800 Arlington, VA 22209 Phone: 202-944-3285 Phone: 202-944-3295 www.sbaa.org
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.
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. http://www.stbaldricks.org/faq#sbfinfo-answer13
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/visitor-types/public/)
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?
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?
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?
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).”
Super Joey Foundation
5776-D Lindero Canyon Rd #159 Westlake Village, CA 91362 Phone: 818-584-2007 SuperJoey.org
Created in 2016, Super Joey Foundation mobilizes youth volunteers to provide community service for groups of children suffering from life-threatening illnesses. 100+ youth volunteers in 10 cities nationwide support 1000+ children and their families annually.
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. http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/komen-for-the-cure-founder-hosts-fundraiser-for-top-gay-activist-organizati
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. http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/19/komen-sends-millions-to-embryonic-stem-cell-research-centers/
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.” http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=134729
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.
UCP educates, advocates and provides support services to ensure a life without limits for people with a spectrum of disabilities. UCP works to advance the independence, productivity and full citizenship of people with disabilities through an affiliate network that has helped millions.
UCP does not conduct laboratory or clinical research and none of the donations made to UCP are used for research purposes.
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.
National Office 701 N. Fairfax Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone:
Funds donated to the United Way can go directly to an organization that seemingly is in business for only one reason – to kill babies in the womb.
The web site for the National Abortion Federation lists the United Way as a vehicle to donate money to their organization. The National Abortion Federation is a professional association of abortionists. The National Abortion Federation also helps people find abortionists and helps pay directly for the killing of children by abortion.
A random sampling by phone and email of individual United Way agencies across America proved the United Way is indeed willing to send money to the National Abortion Federation.
From the NAF website:
Designate Abortion Federation, National (NAF) in the United Way and the Combined Federal Campaign. If we aren’t listed in your area campaign, write in Abortion Federation, National (NAF), 1660 L Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20036 on your pledge form. http://www.prochoice.org/support/waystogive.html
The United Way system includes approximately 1,400 community based United Way organizations. Much like a franchise operation, the United Way of America national headquarters prepares and arranges for national advertising and celebrity spokesmen, provides logos and printed materials, and develops training manuals and programs for all areas of operations from volunteer time management to accounting and finance. Each local United Way office is independent, separately incorporated and governed by local volunteers. In exchange for the goods and services received from their national headquarters, each local group pays “voluntary dues” (approximately 1% of total funds raised) to maintain the national headquarters. Community partners often include schools, government policy makers, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, voluntary and neighborhood associations, community development corporations and the faith community.
The United Way web site formerly stated that the agency took a “position of neutrality” on the abortion issue and that they did so because they did “not want any single issue to overshadow our mission ‘to increase the capacity of people to care for one another’.” The UW position statement further stated that “no United Way funds are currently used, or have ever been used to support abortion services … Volunteers of each independent local United Way organization make all funding decisions.” The website no longer includes any position statements from the national office. It is the board, or funding committee, of the local UW that determines the “participating groups” which receive the funding.
In many communities, blatantly anti-life, anti-family groups like Planned Parenthood are receiving funds — one needs only investigate the participating agencies listed on the web site or perform an Internet search of “United Way Planned Parenthood”. The UW claims that “UW funded programs through Planned Parenthood include community health maintenance, e.g. communicable disease prevention; medical care service; family planning; health education; public awareness service; and family preservation and strengthening services, e.g. counseling and family life education. Nevertheless, this is an often-used excuse by agencies that fail to recognize that there is no accountability for exactly how their funds are used by participating agencies or any evidence that funds used for stated programs are not freeing up funds that can be used for abortion services. The funding of Planned Parenthood in any way shape or form is necessarily the funding of evil practices – no matter how one looks at it.
Water.org is an American nonprofit developmental aid organization resulting from the merger between H2O Africa, co-founded by Matt Damon, and WaterPartners, co-founded by Gary White. Its goal is to provide aid to regions of developing countries that do not have access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Water.org’s projects are funded through grants, loans, or a combination of the two. Its loan program, known as WaterCredit, utilizes microcredit to fund water sanitation projects.
The World Wildlife Fund itself is anti-human in its policies, and definitely subscribes to the “people are pollution” falsehood. One of WWF’s annual reports stated “increasing [human] population causes a drain on natural resources, which is geometric, not arithmetic… Science cannot be expected to supplant the vital processes of nature.” http://www.cfnews.org/green-insanity.htm#_ftn9
Obama fills Global Development Council with population control advocates (Feb 2013)
William K. Reilly is a former administrator with the Environmental Protection Agency and former president of the World Wildlife Fund, a wealthy group that promotes family planning for the conservation of natural resources. He serves on the board of the Packard Foundation, known for spending millions on population control programs, abortion training in Africa, and the marketing of mifepritone (RU-486). http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/obama-fills-global-development-council-with-population-control-advocates
Pro-life victory at Rio ‘sustainable development’ conference: ‘reproductive rights’ excised (June 2012)
Other pro-abortion organizations were less specific in their criticisms, but expressed their disappointment as well. “Rio+20 has turned into an epic failure. It has failed on equity, failed on ecology, and failed on economy,” a Greenpeace statement said on Tuesday. The World Wildlife Fund, which has also supported population control, called it “less than satisfactory from any point of view” and the European Union denounced the document for its “lack of ambition.” http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pro-life-victory-at-rio-sustainable-development-conference-reproductive-rig
Mission: To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service members; to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other; to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.
What would become Wounded Warrior Project initially operated as a subsidiary of the United Spinal Association of New York, which adopted WWP as a program in November 2003. In June 2005, United Spinal’s Board of Directors agreed with WWP staff that WWP “should be developed into a stand-alone charity with its own identity and programs,” and in September 2005, WWP was granted $2.7 million from United Spinal Association to begin its next phase of existence and to expand its services from providing immediate comfort items to providing longer-term support for returning wounded veterans via compensation, education, health care, insurance, housing, employment, etc.
WWP currently offers 19 different programs and services to wounded veterans and their families. The programs and services are separated into four separate categories: “Body,” “Mind,” “Economic Empowerment” and “Engagement.”
While ALL finds no concerns regarding life topics (WWP does not fund clinical research), there are numerous Internet articles and discussions regarding the financial management of WWP.
Wounded Warrior Project spends 58% of donations on veterans programs
YMCA of the USA 101 North Wacker Drive Chicago , IL 60606 Phone: 800-872-9622 www.ymca.net
The YMCA partners with Planned Parenthood in a number of ways including the renting of its facilities to PP and the sponsorship of seminars presented by PP. The YMCA was previously a member of the National Family Sexuality Education Month, a coalition of organizations that promote family communication about sexuality; NFSEM was organized and promoted by Planned Parenthood and its materials were produced by PP.
Note: Web searches for information tying YMCA and PP are often difficult due to the fact that information is not readily available on either organization’s national website. Rather, ties can be found when searching the websites of each organization’s local chapters and reviewing local chapter annual reports.
Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, 2012-2013 Annual Report
PPSNE co-hosted a one-day conference, ”Got UR Game On? Meeting the Sexual Health Needs of RI Youth.” PPSNE partnered with AIDS Project RI, Bradley Hasbro Children’s Research Center, Brown University Alpert Medical School,the Department of Health, JSI (John Snow, Inc.), Sojourner House, Youth Pride and YMCA of RI to present the event. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/4414/0380/1347/annual_report_2013.pdf
Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, Focus on Planned Parenthood newsletter, Spring 2009
The “One Stop” Team [a collaboration with Komen for the Cure] will be at the Planned Parenthood Twin Falls health center June 5th and 19th from 10:00am to 1:00pm. And finally, free screenings will be offered September 4th and 18th at the YMCA in Ketchum. http://www.plannedparenthood.org/files/1514/0519/4399/Focus_Spring_2009_web.pdf
Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA)
2025 M St., NW Suite 550 Washington , DC 20036 Phone: 202-467-0801 www.ywca.org
From the YWCA History timeline:
1967—After thoughtful and extensive debate, the 2000 delegates at the YWCA Convention adopted the first of three abortion resolutions leading to the freedom of choice position.
The YWCA supported the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and opposed any amendment that would prohibit the coverage of abortion. The YWCA also supported the HHS rule which required employers to provide contraceptive health coverage for all employees.