American Idol Gives Back to Pro-Abortion Groups Again in Charity Program
by Steven Ertelt
April 21, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The popular talent television show American Idol has again decided to align itself with pro-abortion groups for its annual "Idol Gives Back" fund- raising campaign. The program, which airs tonight, will send donations from viewers to Save the Children and the United Nations Foundation, both of which back abortion.
Save the Children has a working relationship with what it describes as "prominent international organizations," but the groups read like a who’s who of the pro-abortion movement.
They include the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights legal group, the mammoth Planned Parenthood Federation of America abortion business, Population Action International, and the U.S. Committee for UNICEF.
Doug Scott, the president of Life Decisions International tells LifeNews.com that Save the Children worked with Planned Parenthood, the Population Action Council, and the pro- abortion Audubon Society on its five-year "Planet Campaign."
Funded by the pro-abortion David and Lucile Packard and Bill and Melinda Gates foundations, the campaign tried to "raise awareness of the connections between international family planning and the health of children, women and the environment." It relied on advertising and Internet promotional methods to promote "an international forum for discussion of, and action on, women’s reproductive health" — meaning abortion.
Save the Children says "family planning" has been a "critical component" of its work for nearly 20 years and its alliance with Planned Parenthood means promoting abortion is included in that.
Meanwhile, several divisions of the United Nations have donated funds to Planned Parenthood and it has aggressively lobbied pro-life nations to ditch protections for unborn children in favor of promoting abortion.
"It is laudable that the people involved with ‘American Idol’ want to help the poor," Scott said. "But it is tragic that they would choose to do so through groups like the Save the Children and the United Nations Foundation. These groups have far too much deadly baggage."
"’American Idol’ should stop using the contestants to raise money for groups when they are keeping the activities of these charities a secret," Scott said. "’American Idol’ should practice full disclosure and give those contestants who may wish to decline participation in ‘Idol Gives Back’ the opportunity to do so without repercussions."
"If you believe the plight of pre-born children is as important as the plight of the poor, do not participate in ‘Idol Gives Back,’" Scott urged. "We are caring people who want to do our part to help those less fortunate, but we will do so through organizations that do not view the killing of human beings as a ‘solution’ to poverty and other adult-created problems."
Scott also informed LifeNews.com that "American Idol" recently supported a fund-raising campaign by Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles.
The 2008 American Idol Gives Back program funded UNICEF, which also supports abortion, and Save the Children.
Ironically, American Idol has produced pro-life finalists and a winner, Jordin Sparks, who is a long-time pro-life advocate.
Related web sites:
Life Decisions International – http://www.fightpp.org
* A previous version of this story indicated American Idol founder Simon Cowell is on the board of Save the Children. That information, furnished to LifeNews.com from LDI, is incorrect. A different Simon Cowell, no relation, serves on the group’s board.
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