Officials with United Way are defending the nonprofit agencies funding of the Planned Parenthood abortion business in the wake of a scandal involving the abortion giant selling the body parts of aborted babies. A United Way spokesman says the funding really isn’t a big deal because such a small percentage of United Way affiliates send money to Planned Parenthood.
On the heels of a shocking video showing the Planned Parenthood abortion business selling the body parts of aborted babies, a new expose’ from a group that monitors corporations that finance the abortion giant reveals the United Way is a major donor.
The consumer advocacy organization 2nd Vote has informed LifeNews.com of the release of the Pro-Life Guide to United Way, a new guide that lists the over 1,200 United Way affiliates across the United States and specifies the organizations that contribute to the world’s largest abortion company.
“United Way has done many good things through fundraising efforts and partnerships that help communities across the country,” said 2nd Vote spokesman Robert Kuykendall. “However, the fact that United Way affiliates give almost $2 million annually to Planned Parenthood is concerning for Pro-Lifers that would want to support these good causes but also want to make sure that their dollars do not help fund abortion services.”
As a news report indicates, local United Way agencies are fielding calls from concerned supporters who don’t want their donations to United Way going to the abortion company following a LifeNews report exposing how affiliates of the nonprofit support Planned Parenthood.
“I want our local communities (in Rogers and Mayes counties) to know that we most definitely do not fund Planned Parenthood,” said Catherine Woldridge, executive director, United Way of Rogers and Mayes Counties. “We have already had several calls asking us about this, but we do not support Planned Parenthood.”
While not all United Way affiliates support Planned Parenthood, a national spokesman defended those that do.
“United Way Worldwide, the leadership and support organization for the network of local United Ways, does not provide financial support to Planned Parenthood,” said Neil Parekh, United Way Worldwide director of network communications.
“All funding decisions by local United Ways are made by individual United Ways based on an assessment of local needs,” he said. “United Way Worldwide does not dictate funding decisions to local United Ways. Out of nearly 1,200 local United Ways in the United States, only a small number — less than 6 percent — provide support to Planned Parenthood.
“The amount of financial support represents less than one tenth of one percent of total United Way revenue,” he said. “In many of these instances, funding for Planned Parenthood is the result of specific requests from individual donors.
Although the United Way’s website contains language claiming a neutral stance by the organization on the abortion issue, Kuykendall tells LifeNews that some United Way affiliates donate to the Planned Parenthood abortion corporation anyway.
“According to United Way, only 5% of its affiliates contribute in any way to Planned Parenthood,” Kuykendall said.
How can pro-life advocates find out if their local United Way agency donates to the abortion giant? The group tells LifeNews that its handy guide makes it easy to figure out which ones partner with Planned Parenthood. The ‘Pro-Life Guide to United Way’ was released on 2nd Vote’s website and contains a state-by-state list of every United Way in the United States. Each entry shows the amount of money donated to Planned Parenthood by that affiliate with a link to tax forms documenting the expenditure.