American cancer society
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 for morally questionable research
- Grant funding to Planned Parenthood
- Referrals to Planned Parenthood as a health information/education resource
- Donations to the Lance Armstrong LiveStrong Global Cancer Campaign (see entry for LiveStrong)
- Failure to acknowledge the link between previously induced abortion and risk for breast cancer
- Suggested fertility options including IVF, embryo freezing, egg/sperm donation and surrogacy
American diabetes association
“The American Diabetes Association applauds this morning’s statement by Majority Leader Frist announcing his support of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. By easing restrictions and supporting research that uses embryonic stem cells – while also implementing strong ethical guidelines – this legislation provides hope to the more than 18 million Americans living with diabetes.” (italics added)
Copy of News Release issued July 29, 2005 mailed along with cover letter on December 22, 2006.
The American Diabetes Association also issued a press release on Friday April 13, 2007 entitled “American Diabetes Association lauds Senate for passage of Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act.” The release applauded the Senate’s decision to pass S. 5 “which will accelerate stem cell research by easing existing funding restrictions and supporting research that uses embryonic stem cells, while maintaining strict ethical guidelines.”
See comments under ACSH and CAMR.
The Red Cross says it is not involved with abortion. But in a number of cases, Red Cross societies have been involved as partners in programs that involve contraception.
Salt Lake Olympics
In one of the most recent examples, a Red Cross chapter in Salt Lake City was a partner in SafeGames2002, a program which distributed 250,000 “safe sex kits” during the Olympic Winter Games. Each kit contained two condoms.
Witnesses reported that despite assurances, the condoms were given to minors. The Red Cross subsequently withdrew from the program, but only after the bulk of the distribution was complete.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is listed on a United Nations Population Fund roster of organizations involved in the effort to support “adolescent reproductive and sexual health.”
Among the other “partners” are the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Margaret Sanger Center International (an outreach of Planned Parenthood of New York City, which was guided for many years by Sanger’s grandson).
Who’s paying for all this? The UNFPA lists two major benefactors: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations and the United Nations Foundation. The latter is the organization that media mogul Ted Turner established to disburse his $100 million dollar grant.
For several years, the UNFPA has been looking for ways to assist the people of Afghanistan. In 1998, it ordered studies on ways of effectively delivering “training, contraceptives and the delivery of Reproductive Health Services to Afghan refugees.”
The UNFPA also wanted to find organization capable of delivering the goods. The top name on its “go-to” list was the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. This program also included distribution of IUD kits. Money was also to be provided for training doctors in IUD insertion and in the use of other contraceptives.