Sunday, July 05, 2009

United Way Finally Sees the Light?

For many years I have boycotted the local United Way because of their unwillingness to fund Planned Parenthood. My attempts to address the issue with the leaders of United Way KW were always met with evasion, and in some cases, misleading accounts of the reasons for their refusal. The real reason, of course, was that at Planned Parenthood one could learn about abortion as an option for an unwanted pregnancy (although the local Planned Parenthood does not actually do abortions). At the same time, the local United Way was happy to fund Birthright, an organization which refuses to refer women for abortions if that is their choice.

Now, I'm happy to say, the local United Way has seemingly seen the light. They gave a grant of $8,000 to PP for their "Women's Wellness" educational day and for a pilot project concerning Sudanese and Afghan women. Strangely enough, though, the United Way's list of funded agencies doesn't include Planned Parenthood. Maybe the local United Way still isn't willing to be forthright about their decisions.

I'm going to continue to boycott United Way until they fund Planned Parenthood and proudly say so on their website.


Anonymous said...

I know this post was a long time ago, but I remembered it when reading the United Way's website this week. Looks like they now list Planned Parenthood on the site here.

Miranda said...

Let's hope for the best:

Jeffrey Shallit said...


I'd be surprised if no fraud is found anywhere. There is probably fraud at any organization that handles large sums of money. Heck, there was a recent fraud case at my university.

The push to investigate Planned Parenthood is based solely on political and ideological reasons, which you know as well as I do.

Miranda said...

Probably true. At the same time, however, I bet a lot of fraud is never uncovered unless there is something political or ideological motivating the investigation.