Oregon Planned Parenthood Will Benefit From Tax Donations

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Oct 1, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Oregon Planned Parenthood Will Benefit From Tax Donations

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
October 1, 2003

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Pro-abortion advocates in Oregon will soon be able to donate to their favorite cause, simply by filing their tax returns.

The Oregon Charitable Checkoff Commission has authorized Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion operation, to join 17 other groups that can receive donations from income tax refunds.

However, pro-life activists will not be able to use the same program to donate to Oregon Right to Life.

The reason? According to Gayle Atteberry, Executive Director of Oregon Right to Life, in order to qualify, a non-profit organization must have a minimum yearly income of one million dollars.

"So Oregon PP already has a yearly income of over a million dollars and is looking for more. If more adults were aware of Planned Parenthood’s anti-parent policies, which include fighting in the Oregon legislature against parental notification bills, they might think twice about giving their money to them," Atteberry said.

Five of the organizations that qualify to receive the tax refund are listed on the tax return forms, while the rest are included in the Oregon tax booklet. Planned Parenthood will be listed in the booklet for six years.

In addition to the million dollar income requirement, groups interested in taking part in the program must meet Internal Revenue Service rules for non-profit organizations; must obtain 10,000 signatures from registered Oregon voters; and must "provide services consistent with policies and programs of the state." Such programs have been defined as those which support children, education, and wildlife.

However, pro-life leaders in Oregon maintain that Planned Parenthood does not support children, noting that the organization consistently works to promote abortion and to undermine parental rights.

"Planned Parenthood continues to push its anti-family, anti-baby, amoral agenda, and now will appear on the Oregon tax form asking for money to continue its work," Atteberry concluded.

Related web sites:
Oregon Right to Life – https://www.ortl.org