FOUNDATIONS OF DEATH
How "charitable" foundations kill babies, and what we can do about it.
by Lynn K. Murphy
Abortion is the leading cause of death in the United States, causing 46% of
all deaths. Abortion lowers the average life expectancy from 75 years to
40. One baby is killed by abortion for every three who are conceived.
Yet annually, American foundations dole out millions of dollars to
organizations which advocate abortion, litigate to keep it legal, or kill
babies directly. Foundations dole out additional millions to provide sex
education, which also leads to killed babies.
Research which is verifiable from "The Foundation Grants Index" shows a
general rise in grant money given for abortion and sex education. This
money goes from U.S. foundations to other organizations based in the U.S.:
Year Dollars Given
1991 not available
These figures would be approximately doubled if grants from U.S.
foundations to organizations based elsewhere throughout the world were
included. In the text which follows, only grants from U.S. foundations to
U.S. organizations will be discussed.
Who gave, and how much?
In 1990, 115 foundations each gave at least one $10,000 grant to pro-death
organizations. Because of space limitations, they cannot all be listed, but
the accompanying chart shows the 36 top givers--those that gave $100,000 or
more in 1990.
Since 115 foundations gave about $22,000,000 in 1990, the average
foundation examined in this study gave about $191,000. This does not mean
$191,000 per grant, however; these foundations made a total of 289 grants.
Thus, the average grant size was about $76,500.
The Ford Foundation was the biggest killer, and The William and Flora
Hewlett Foundation was second. The Ford Foundation is headquartered at 320
East 43rd St., New York, N.Y., 10017. The Hewlett Foundation (like the
Packard one, ninth on our list) comes from a founder of the Hewlett-Packard
Company, now famous for its laser printers. The Hewlett offices are at 525
Middlefield Rd., suite 200, Menlo Park, CA, 94025.
Rank Foundation Name Donation
1 The Ford Foundation $4,268,000
2 The Wm. & Flora Hewlett Foundation 2,640,000
3 The William Penn Foundation 1,715,819
4 The Harry & Grace Steele Foundation 975,000
5 The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 932,666
6 Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Inc. 820,000
7 Wallace Genetic Foundation, Inc. 575,000
8 Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Inc. 575,000
9 The David & Lucille Packard Foundation 570,100
10 Buffett Foundation 553,779
11 The Pew Charitable Trusts 500,000
12 Public Welfare Foundation 455,800
13 The James Irvine Foundation 445,000
14 The George Gund Foundation 405,000
15 The Minneapolis Foundation 338,050
16 The Rockefeller Foundation 330,000
17 The Educational Foundation of America 270,000
18 General Service Foundation 262,000
19 Carnegie Corporation of New York 246,000
20 Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation 231,000
21 The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation 227,500
22 The Offield Family Foundation 200,000
23 The Ahmanson Foundation 200,000
24 The Colorado Trust 198,126
25 S. H. Cowell Foundation 185,000
26 Edward John Noble Foundation, Inc. 180,000
27 The J. M. Kaplan Fund, Inc. 180,000
28 Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, Inc. 150,000
29 The Kettering Fund 150,000
30 The Cowles Charitable Trust 150,000
31 The Champlin Foundation 150,000
32 The New York Community Trust 145,000
33 Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation 135,000
34 The Scherman Foundation, Inc. 130,000
35 Meadows Foundation, Inc. 123,553
36 Charles Stewart Mott Foundation 100,000
Rounded total for contributors of $100,000 or more: 19,712,000
Who got all this money? The chart below shows the domestic pro-death
organizations that were the primary recipients of the U.S. foundation
Organization Name 1987 1988 1989 1990
ACLU * 282,500 2,095,000 1,555,000
Alan Guttmacher In. 563,200 1,065,100 2,365,000 2,970,600
Cath. For Free Choice * 15,000 75,000 477,000
Ctr. for Popul Options * * * 640,000
March of Dimes * * * 249,175
Ms Foundation for Woman * * * 153,000
Natl. Abortion Federa. 75,000 50,000 100,000 145,000
Natl.Abor Rig.Act.Leag. 193,800 120,000 300,000 235,000
Natl. Family Planning
& Repro Health Assn. 70,000 45,000 895,000 145,000
Natl. Organiz.for Women 169,500 384,500 29,000 463,000
Population Council 1,648,885 2,366,300 180,000 509,033
Popul. Crisis Committee * * * 780,000
Planned Parenthood 5,301,850 4,838,982 10,980,678 9,554,042
ReligCoalforAborRights 67,500 70,000 * 90,000
Sex Info&Ed Council/US * * * 125,000
Other 6,624,152 9,347,227 12,055,699 4,067,902
----- --------- --------- ---------- ---------
Total $14,714,000 18,585,000 29,075,000 22,159,000
*Not separately broken out for this year; included with "Other."
Planned Parenthood obviously received the most foundation grant money,
approximately $30,675,000 from 1987-90. In 1990, they had 99 killing
centers, admitted to killing (my word) 121,000 babies (my word), and
referred another 100,000 for painful destruction (my words).
Pro-life organizations, which counsel for more choices than do "pro-choice"
organizations, received foundation grant money totaling $164,000 in 1990.
This is 1/135th as much as the death-choice agencies received.
Some grant descriptions
The present writer's source of information, the "Foundation Grants Index,"
describes the reasons most of the grants were given. Very few were for
abstinence sex education. Here are some of the more typical and offensive
$100,000 to Planned Parenthood for prenatal services.
$200,000 to Planned Parenthood for operating support.
$135,000 to Planned Parenthood for general support.
$250,000 to Planned Parenthood for a building campaign (to house
$25,000 to the National Abortion Rights Action League for public
education on the importance of access to legal abortion, and for
training speakers and community leaders, to develop pro-choice
spokespeople and organizers.
$100,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union for litigation
and advocacy efforts to defend citizens' rights to family
planning services and legal abortion.
$100,000 to Planned Parenthood for public education, litigation
and advocacy efforts toward defending and strengthening the
Title X federal family planning program.
$200,000 to Planned Parenthood for reducing adolescent
pregnancies, preserving individual reproductive rights,
preventing violence and harassments at clinics, strengthening
international family planning and providing reproductive health
education and services for teenagers and poor.
$150,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union for its
Reproductive Freedom Project.
$625,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union for litigation
and public education aimed at preserving women's access to
comprehensive reproductive health services, particularly for
low-income women and teenagers.
$625,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union for a supplement
to the above grant.
$375,000 to the National Organization for Women as a supplement
to an organization working to advance women's legal rights.
$650,000 to the National Organization for Women as a supplement
to the same purpose (women's legal rights).
$1,500,000 to the Alan Guttmacher Institute as a supplement for
research and public policy programs on reproductive health,
maternity care, sex education, teen pregnancy prevention and
$50,000 to the Legal Clearinghouse, which assists member groups
in pursuing legal remedies to "harassment and violence" aimed at
pro-abortion organizations and abortion providers.
Is the reader offended by that last one? I certainly am. Pro-lifers don't
practice violence. We try to stop it. These foundations are funding
atrocities--wholesale violence against millions of unborn babies and
Earlier, it was intimated that sex education kills babies, too. These are
some of the reasons:
(1) Sex education often aggressively teaches children to be
loose, promiscuous and sexually active.
(2) Sex education encourages the use of birth-control devices.
Intrauterine Devices (IUDs) always work by killing a fertilized
egg, i.e., a human being. Birth control pills often work by
preventing the embryos from implanting.
(3) Often birth control devices are not used. Often birth
control devices fail. The very high level of sexual activity
caused by teaching promiscuity therefore causes additional
(4) Sex education generally promotes abortion as a desirable
alternative to pregnancy. Often, other alternatives are not even
(5) Sex education fools students and parents into thinking that
'pregnancy prevention' only means preventing pregnancy from
beginning. But it also means preventing it from continuing i.e.,
it means abortion.
Those who doubt that sex education increases the abortion rate should take
the word of the abortion advocates.
In a report on sex education programs made to the U.S. House Select
Committee on Children, Youth and Families, it was noted that pregnancy and
abortion rates are higher among teens who participated in family planning
programs. Those states which spent the most on family planning showed the
largest increase in abortions and births out of wedlock. Those which didn't
participate in these programs had lower rates. States which emphasized sex
education programs found that abortion, not contraception, was reducing
births among teens.
These points are confirmed by authoritative pro-abortionists. For instance,
pro-abortion researcher Malcolm Potts says, ". . .those who use
contraception are more likely than those who do not to resort to induced
abortion . . ."
Sex researcher Alfred Kinsey wrote that ". . .we have found the highest
frequency of induced (deliberate) abortion in the group which, in general,
most frequently uses contraceptives."
The former President of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Alan Guttmacher said, "We
find that when an abortion is easily obtainable, contraception is neither
actively nor diligently used . . . there would be no reward for the woman
who practices effective contraception . . . Abortion on demand relieves the
husband of all possible responsibility; he simply becomes a coital
Dr. Guttmacher later said (after Roe v. Wade was decided), "Then how can
the Supreme Court decision be absolutely secured? The answer to winning the
battle for elective abortion once and for all is sex education."
How YOU Can Reduce the Killing
The "charitable" foundations that are financing the killing of babies and
otherwise ruining our children's lives are found all over the United
States. Very likely, there is one or more in your region. This is what you
can do to stop them:
Mail educational material to all pro-death foundations and to their boards
Find out how the directors are chosen, and support a pro-life nominee.
Get on the board of directors yourself to provide a pro-life vote.
Picket the foundations.
Blockade the foundations.
Remember: the average foundation that dabbled in pro-death causes gave away
$191,000, which can kill a lot of babies. Often, the board of director's
decision to finance killing was made by a slender majority, even a majority
of one. If YOU don't tell that person why he or she should say NO to
killing, who will?
Those wanting more information on how to stop the flow of foundation money
to organizations that kill and pervert children may call Lynn Murphy at
(510) 676-2929 (Pacific Time).
1. According to "Accident Facts, 1986," by the National Safety Council
(which got its data from the National Center for Health Statistics of the
Public Health Services Department of the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services), the first six causes of death (excluding abortion) killed
1,626,157 people. They were, in order of greater to lesser killers: heart
disease (765,490), cancer (469,376), stroke (149,643), accidents (95,277),
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (76, 559), and pneumonia (69,812).
They equal 1,626,157. Adding all other non-abortion deaths brings the total
Since the abortion deaths are approximately 1,800,000 per year (including
illegal, unreported abortions), they are more than the next six causes of
death combined. The figure of 46% is found as follows: Actual total deaths
are 1,800,000 + 2,105,361 = 3,905,361. 1,800,000/3,905,361 x 100 = 46.1%.
Lowering life expectancy from 75 to 40 is found as follows:
In a given year, the number of years that 2,105,361 people had lived to
age 75 is 2,105,361 x 75 = 157,902, 075. In a given year, the number of
years the preborn babies had lived outside the womb is 1,800,000 x 0 = 0.
The total number of these (people times years) is 157,902,075 + 0 = 157,
902,075. The total number of people dying is, from previous paragraph, 3,
905,361. Therefore, the life expectancy is (157,902,075
people-years)/(3,905, 361 people) = 40.4 years per person.
2. "The Forum," Nov., 1991, p. 3. The Forum's address is P.O. Box 1258,
Santa Cruz, CA 95061.
3. M. Potts, P. Diggory, and J. Peel "Abortion" (Cambridge: 1977), p. 491.
4. Mary Calderone, ed. "Abortion in the United States," (N.Y.:
Hoeber-Harper, 1958), p. 157.
5. Symposium, "Rutgers Law Review 22" (1968).
6. "Washington Star," 3 May 1973.