Friday, October 28, 2011

Make No Mistake, United Way Gives to Planned Parenthood.

Those glowing commercials featuring NFL players notwithstanding, United Way has become infamous to many as an organization that stimulates he most wicked kinds of coercion. Many of you know from personal experience how the thing works. Sometimes it's merely the snide remark, the sharp asides, the whispered warning about how an employee's contribution to United Way isn't a voluntary thing at all. It's expected; indeed, required.

And some of you have heard the threat put a lot more directly. "Give to United Way or give up any hope of promotion." Or "You hold out and the expected dollar amounts will have to come from your colleagues. So pony up with your share or get ready for recriminations." Or "You know how fragile is job security nowadays. If you want to keep your position, you'd better be %#@&% sure you write that check." Or "Don't worry; we've already adjusted your salary this month to allow for your United Way contribution. Don't bother to thank us."

And why do some Christians still hold out against such intense, unfair and, I firmly believe, illegal extortion? Because forced giving isn't true benevolence? Yes. Because they already give generous amounts to people, projects and causes that they believe in? Yes. Because United Way has been proven over and again to be less than circumspect in the way it spends money? Yes.

And because United Way gives to downright wicked organizations like Planned Parenthood? Yes.

Nationally in 2008, local United Ways distributed an estimated $1.9 million to Planned Parenthood agencies.

Any finances being donated to Planned Parenthood (even if not specifically for abortion services) will free up more of their money to be used toward abortion services.

Some area United Ways, like New York City and Atlanta, provide grants to Planned Parenthood. The Dallas, Houston, and Austin United Ways do not give money directly to Planned Parenthood. However, Austin and Houston Planned Parenthoods do encourage donors to give money through the United Way’s workplace campaign. Many of the local United Ways also send volunteers to Planned Parenthood.

Nationally, the main United Way website ( also directs volunteers toward Planned Parenthood. Again, not every state or city agency promotes Planned Parenthood, but several do. One is too many.

Here's more including a link to a site which can help you effectively oppose United Way's sponsorship with Planned Parenthood.