New Mexico Children’s Event Criticized for Backing Planned Parenthood

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 15, 2004   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

New Mexico Children’s Event Criticized for Backing Planned Parenthood

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by Paul Nowak Staff Writer
August 15, 2004

Santa Fe, NM (
— The Buckaroo Ball Committee, organizers of a three-day public celebration to benefit children in the community, has given over $36,000 to the nation’s largest abortion business.

As part of its $500,000 in grant money distributed to area organizations, the Committee granted Planned Parenthood $36,316 for their Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, “which focuses on health-centered problems, issues and parent/teacher training.”

Pro-life organizations have pointed out that health and sex-education programs run by the largest abortion business and its affiliates do not solve the teen pregnancy or abortion issues.

In Texas, a boycott of the annual Girl Scout Cookie sale was sparked by the organization’s support of a Planned Parenthood sex-education event for youth. Leaders of the boycott pointed out that the “education” included literature saying abortion is an acceptable practice.

Margo Taylor and Roxanne Shaw Apple, Grant Committee Chairs of the Buckaroo Ball, told that Planned Parenthood successfully met all the requirements for their rigorous grant application process.

Grant seekers must be running programs that are in agreement with the Buckaroo Ball Committee’s goal of supporting children at-risk due to economic poverty, inadequate nutrition, low self-esteem, poor health care, violence and neglect.

Grant seekers may attend an informational meeting at a local hotel to learn how to submit their applications, and how the five-step, six-month review process works.

Organizations and programs are screened to ensure they are financially sound and meet the Committee’s agenda. The final decision is made by popular vote of the Committee members as a whole, so that not particular member’s “pet project” will get preferential treatment.

In other states, pro-life leaders have been frustrated by local community foundations continually funding Planned Parenthood.

"It is a crime that these charitable funds are wasted on building up Planned Parenthood’s surplus stock fund when other needs are not addressed," Don Oppihle, President of Right to Life of Summit County, told after the Medina County Community Fund in Ohio gave a grant to Planned Parenthood in June.

Though the organization is a nonprofit, Planned Parenthood reported that its revenue last year exceeded its expenses by $36.6 million, a 300 percent increase in their “profit” over 2001.

Betty Barlow, Executive Director of Oaks Family Care Center in Medina County told that they had not applied for a grant, as the process is difficult.

"Grant writing is a difficult process," said Barlow, explaining that they have been successful in the past, and helped other organizations learn the process.

ACTION: contact the Buckaroo Ball with your opinion about their Planned Parenthood grant at 308 Catron Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501, (505) 992-3700, fax (505) 992-3800, or email [email protected]