Alaska Mayor Donates Fundraising Proceeds to Planned Parenthood

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 15, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Alaska Mayor Donates Fundraising Proceeds to Planned Parenthood

by Paul Nowak Staff Writer
December 15, 2003

Anchorage, AK ( — Mayor Mark Begich of Anchorage has shown his true colors during his first term by donating $25,000 to Planned Parenthood of Alaska following an annual city fundraising event.

Money raised by the 2003 Mayor’s Charity Ball was divided among four charities. This year, those randomly selected were the Anchorage Concert Chorus, the Imaginarium, the Covenant House of Alaska, and Planned Parenthood of America, the nation’s largest abortion business. Each received one quarter of the more than $100,000 raised.

Karen Vosburgh, Executive Director of Alaska Right to Life, said it was "amazing" and "bogus" that the state’s Planned Parenthood affiliate would be selected to receive the money from the city’s charity event.

"Planned Parenthood’s bottom line is bulging," Vosburgh told "Abortion is a half-billion a year industry and they are the largest abortion provider."

Begich included Planned Parenthood when he remarked that the fundraiser would benefit "for four very worthy charities," despite the fact that Planned Parenthood already receives grants from the state and federal governments.

"There was significant backlash to the mayor’s decision," said Vosburgh. "There would have been more if the fact had been more publicized."

Only a short mention of the donations was made on KTVA, the local CBS affiliate. According to Vosburgh, no other media outlets mentioned the disbursement of the funds.

In previous years, pro-life organizations had benefited from the annual ball, such as the Pregnancy Support Services crisis pregnancy in 1998 and both Catholic and Lutheran Social Services.

Vosburgh saikd those were years when the Mayor’s Ball was run by previous mayors.

A staff person from the mayor’s office told that this is the first time in the 10 years of the event that Planned Parenthood had been a recipient of the funds generated from it.

"He [Begich] is a very liberal mayor," said Vosburgh. "This is his first term and he’s showing his colors."

Planned Parenthood of Alaska operates three facilities, one in Anchorage that refers women to a local women’s health center for abortions, another in Fairbanks that performs abortions in-house, and one under construction in Juneau that will also provide abortions on site.

The Mayor’s Charity Ball is a committee composed of community volunteers and is a volunteer organization operating under the auspices of the United Way in Anchorage.

ACTION: Contact Mayor Begich with your comments about the Planned Parenthood donations. Mayor Mark Begich, 632 West 6th Avenue Suite 840, Anchorage, Alaska, 99501, (p) 907 343-4431, Fax 907 343-4499, [email protected]

Related Sites: Alaska Right to Life: