New York Foundation Gives Planned Parenthood Grant to Target Hispanics
by Paul Nowak
LifeNews.com Staff Writer
April 16, 2004
Syracuse, NY (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region received a $10,000 grant from the Central New York Community Foundation to extend its outreach to Latinos in the central New York State area.
The grant was part of the Flora Mather Hosmer Fund, a designated fund set up by Hosmer and facilitated by the Central New York Community Foundation. According to the Foundation, the funds will be used to "sponsor focus groups and translation of printed information to facilitate outreach to the Latino community of Syracuse."
The fact that the money will be used to target the Hispanic community does not sit well with pro-life advocates.
"The never ending onslaught on Latinos by Planned Parenthood continues as is proven by this grant," Raimundo Rojas, Hispanic Outreach Director of National Right to Life Committee told LifeNews.com.
"Planned Parenthood continues its shameless targeting of minorities through every means that they can. Last month they name a Mexican-born ‘pastor’ to head up its ‘religious’ outreach, in late March they sent their legions to incessantly lobby Latin American delegations to the United Nations, and now we have them asking for and receiving funds to further promulgate their message of death and lies into the Latino Community," Rojas explained.
According to the Community Fund’s website, grants have only been given to Planned Parenthood through designated funds, which are set up by individuals to give support to specific organizations.
A spokesperson for the Foundation told LifeNews.com that, in Hosmer’s case, she had specified that her donation go to her five favorite charities: the Rochester/Syracuse Planned Parenthood affiliate, the Everson Museum of Art, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Literacy Volunteers of Syracuse, and the International Center of Syracuse. Any organization can be named by a donor, said the spokesperson, as long as it is a registered not-for-profit organization.
In September of 2001, the Foundation made a grant award of $12,000 to the central New York Planned Parenthood affiliate, to produce a video to educate youth about "effective birth control methods." The funding for the grant also came from the Flora Mather Hosmer Fund.
"It is too bad the money is being spent on death, instead of life," said Anne LeBlanc, president of Rochester Area Right to Life.
Grant money for Planned Parenthood of the Rochester/Syracuse Region has not only come from the Central New York Community Foundation, however.
In March the New York Criminal Justice Services Department drew criticism for designating $23,300 of federal STOP (Services, Training, Officers and Programs) Violence Against Women grant money to the Rochester affiliate of the nation’s largest abortion business.
Chris Fitch, Legislative Director of New York State Right to Life called the award "extremely ironic," considering Planned Parenthood’s opposition to unborn victims laws, which make it an additional crime to kill or injure an unborn child.