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United Way stealth deletes “only a small number” defense for Planned Parenthood donations

United Way Worldwide has quietly deleted a critical part of its defense of donations to Planned Parenthood after a coalition of pro-life leaders led by 2ndVote blasted the organization for funding the abortion industry.

Previously, United Way’s statement claimed “only a small number” of its affiliates directly donated Planned Parenthood. However, 2ndVote’s research found United Ways donated over $2.7 million to Planned Parenthood organizations in 2016—the equivalent cost of 2,901 abortions.

Last week, 2ndVote and its pro-life allies launched a multimedia campaign asking if 2,901 was “only a small number” in regards to the lives lost to abortion. As of earlier this week, United Way Worldwide had removed the “only a small number” defense from the statement on its website.

“It is unfortunate United Way continues to deflect responsibility for its role in funding the destruction of innocent lives with its financial support for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in America,” said 2ndVote Executive Director Robert Kuykendall. “However, we’re grateful for the pro-life leaders and organizations who helped elevate this issue so that more people can hold United Way accountable for funding abortion.”

2ndVote’s Pro-Life Guide to United Way is an initiative the watchdog organization utilizes to provide the pro-life movement with documentation as to which United Way affiliates have financial ties to Planned Parenthood.

Priests for Life’s Alveda King, the niece of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., explained why the pro-life movement should be aware of United Way’s practices:

“On the surface, United Way appears to be a good source of charity,” said King. “However, Planned Parenthood, America’s largest abortion provider, receives donations from United Way.”

“You decide: don’t people need to know when their money is funding child-killing?”

The 2ndVote campaign to raise awareness about United Way’s Planned Parenthood donations was joined by dozens of pro-life activists and organizations.

“We are seeing a real impact as more and more use our research to inform their donation decisions,” said Kuykendall. “Fewer United Way affiliates are funneling dollars to Planned Parenthood than ever before and that is due in large part to the pro-life movement influencing change by holding organizations accountable with their dollars.”

He continued, “In its mission statement, United Way says it ‘improves lives…to advance the common good.’ However, Planned Parenthood is first and foremost an abortion business that exists to end lives—particularly innocent lives. And, beyond the immediate destruction of the family, abortion enables human trafficking and covers the abuse crimes perpetrated by predators.”

“By ending financial support for abortion, United Way would truly ‘advance the common good.’ ”

2ndVote’s Pro-Life Guide to United Way and latest video showcasing the impact of $2.7 million in funding for can be found at

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    Be either hot or cold, but if you are tepid, I spit you out of my mouth. It would be better for one to have a millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the abyss than to lead one of my little ones into sin. Thou shalt not kill (the innocent). I don’t know how God could be ANY clearer. They will claim “ignorance” or non-exposure when the time comes. But when they knock, the voice from inside will declare “Go away, i do not know you”. And they have no excuse. Do WE? Will we be condemned because we did NOTHING to end this brutal, violent, abominable desecration of the LIFE God put into a woman? Did we VOTE for a “Pro Choice” candidate? Did we urge our daughters to have an abortion because they “made a mistake”? The road to Hell is wide and smooth. To Heaven is narrow and twisty. Will you wish you had traveled the latter, or will you be RELIEVED you DID?

    • Paul Raymond

      I am against abortion, but you get into Heaven (or not) depending on what you did with Jesus Christ. It doesn’t have anything to do with works. Just saying.

      • Brad

        Paul never said what you seem to be saying. Every time Paul mentions works, you can tell from the context that he is talking about works of the law. For example, circumcision and keeping dietary law. What Paul never says is that good moral works (loving your neighbor) are not required. In fact, he says that they are required several times in his letters. As does James in his letter. And of course, Jesus teaches dozens of times in the Gospel accounts that good works are absolutely essential to salvation, and those works are in response to His saving grace. But if we ignore that grace, and fail to respond in good works, we will not be saved. So many of his parables teach this fact. Matthew 25 is one example, the vine and the branches in John’s Gospel is another.

        • Paul Raymond

          No, good works are the result of salvation, not the way to it. What it says is that we are saved by grace, though Paul says, that it certainly doesn’t give us a license to sin. It says so in the book of Romans.

  • guest

    united way is connected to the apartment complex I live at in Colorado.And I don’t like it one bit.As an older veteran,the V.A. got me into this place on a voucher that covers the rent.Not one red cent goes to united way from myself.