Missouri Foundation for Health Blasted for Donations to Pro-Abortion Groups
by Steven Ertelt
August 20, 2008
Jefferson City, MO (LifeNews.com) — Pro-life advocates are blasting the Missouri Foundation for Health for making donations to Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion groups. The donations were part of a group of $2.6 million in grants from the Missouri group to 21 local organizations.
While many of the donations went to noncontroversial state and local groups that help communities, donations to Planned Parenthood and NARAL were an exception.
The group gave the NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri Foundation in St. Louis $92,966 for supposed "reproductive health and pregnancy prevention education in poor and rural communities across the state."
Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region received $193,200 for its abortion centers that the group maintains were for "gynecological and family planning services, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment and male reproductive health care."
The Missouri Foundation for Health gave no grants to either pro-life organizations or crisis pregnancy centers that provide tangible help to pregnant women and their children.
Jim Sedlak, the head of STOPP Planned Parenthood, a watchdog group, emailed LifeNews.com and criticized the donations.
He urged Missouri residents to contact MFH "and let them know that they should not be funding the nations largest abortion chain nor any other abortion promoters or providers."
He pointed out that Missouri Foundation for Health is the largest health-care foundation in the state. This is the sixth year of grantmaking and has given out more than $280 million in grants and awards.
ACTION: Take a few minutes to lodge your complaint with the Missouri Foundation for Health, 1000 St. Louis Union Station, Suite 400, St. Louis, MO 63103. You can also call 800-655-5560 or email [email protected].
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