red dawn?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Jan 23, 2007

The National Organization for Women's Kim Gandy is very pleased with the edge stropped on the Democratic curette ...

The field of candidates for the 2008 Democratic nomination is like a dream come true: contenders include a woman frontrunner, an African American, a Latino, and several pro-choice, pro-peace, pro-family men. This rainbow represents much of the diversity of our nation, and has the potential to bring issues of relevance to far more people during the primary contest.

... and very cross with the folks who marched in Washington yesterday:

We have endured more than three decades of challenges and roadblocks from a well-funded opposition, and our rights are more tenuous than ever -- but we are determined to fight, and we will not go back to the days when women had 12, 15, 18 children, often dying in childbirth, their bodies spent. Or they died in back alleys or dirty motel rooms, or were left injured and infertile after botched illegal abortions.

Well-funded opposition? It would be interesting to match up the top half-dozen organizations pro- and contra abortion and compare their annual budgets. Anyone know of a publicly accessible source?

Update: on a tip from a reader, I checked the 990 forms available at for 2004 (the last year returns were available for all the organizations listed). Below are the figures entered in the "contributions" line (1d) of the 990 form:

Pro-Abortion groups:

PPFA $55,005,202
NARAL $11,807,298
NOW $6,103,244
PFAW $4,810,695
CFFC $4,108,932
NAF $861,285

Anti-Abortion groups:

NRTL $11,834,502
PFL $7,142,253
ALL $6,397,419
LLDF $1,220,323
FFL $316,274
PLAN < $25,000

The upshot: methinks Kim Gandy doth protest too much.

Key: PPFA = Planned Parenthood Federation of America. NARAL = NARAL Pro-Choice America. NOW = National Organization for Women. PFAW = People for the American Way Action Fund. CFFC = Catholics for a Free Choice. NAF = National Abortion Federation. NRTL = National Right to Life. PFL = Priests for Life. ALL = American Life League. LLDF = Life Legal Defense Fund. FFL = Feminists for Life. PLAN = Pro-Life Action Network. Note: I can't say whether or not these groups in fact rate as the top half-dozen organizations pro and con; they were selectied off the top of my head to get a rough sense of the parity.

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  • Posted by: - Jan. 25, 2007 1:57 PM ET USA

    The issue is an important one,but what caught my eye was the totaling of dollars given to the groups mentioned. If Catholics give to these organizations, they should stop doing so. Without money to advance their programs these groups whould shrivel and die. The same applies to dissident bishops.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Jan. 24, 2007 2:08 PM ET USA

    Jhn 8:44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. The more they are threatened the bigger the lie. They have got to stop following him (Satan) or they will end up with him for all eternity. We need to pray.

  • Posted by: LWL - Jan. 24, 2007 10:35 AM ET USA

    Just compare the income of Planned Parenthood--with all its federal and state funding (taxpayer money), sale of abortion and contraceptives profits, donations both private and corporate, etc--with the total income of American Life League--most of which comes in small donations from average Americans on tight budgets. If you want to see the vast disparity, e-mail [email protected] with your question.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 24, 2007 10:33 AM ET USA

    I think you were right to leave the USCCB off of either of the groups.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 24, 2007 10:14 AM ET USA

    Imagine how different this whole picture would be if the Catholic bishops had spoken up manfully to the "Catholic" politicians in their flocks who were supporting abortion. There have always been two questions: Is abortion wrong? What are the teaching bishops doing about their obligation in the face of the scandal of Catholic politicians consistently supporting abortion? We know the answer to the first question. As to the second, loud silence from almost all the bishops.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 24, 2007 8:51 AM ET USA

    The statistics are out: pro-lifers are at 47% of the poles (this means those who are of voting age and want a end to abortion) and pro-abortionists are at 41%. So, whoever has the most money to spend on this war does not necessarily mean they are winning. FACT: the march for life folks have awaken and no longer depend on the Bishops or politicians to back their cause. Their resounding cry: "We will do it on our own without you and your millions." Non-negotiable, no compromise END TO ABORTION

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2007 4:51 PM ET USA

    Every once in awhile a Mother did die during child birth, prior to our advanced medical help. However, with every abortion the child dies with the help of our so-called-advanced medical people. The AMA did not put-up the big fight that they should have to save lives. The Catholic Church Bishops and the medical establishment could have had all the faithful and anyone that is a "real human-being" protest the "mindless Supreme Court". We should never have allowed Our Nation to sanction abortions.

  • Posted by: sparch - Jan. 23, 2007 3:22 PM ET USA

    So instead of women dying from dirty back alley abortions, women are now free to die in semi anticeptic abortion clinic from procedures that tear apart and poison their bodies. It's the procedure that kills the mother, not the geography.

  • Posted by: parochus - Jan. 23, 2007 2:55 PM ET USA

    Maybe Loyola University (New Orleans) will give her an award from the Business School now.

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Jan. 23, 2007 2:42 PM ET USA

    Kim Gandy (does she dance?) would claim to win this argument by including the entire budget of the Catholic Church (and probably ths Southern Baptists and those evangelicals who have joined the cause) on the anti-abortion---sorry: anti-Choice---side.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2007 2:19 PM ET USA

    My great-grandfather was the 17th of 19 children. I am eternally grateful to my great-great-grandmother. I cannot thank her enough. According to those favoring abortion, my children, myself and my siblings, and everyone in the line back to and including my great-grandfather shouldn't be here. And Senator Kennedy (I just have to bring him up) should think long and hard about the ramifications his policies may have had on his mother's decision to have more than two or three children.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2007 2:07 PM ET USA

    With a D-controlled Senate, a President whose sphere of influence is limited to his diktats as commander-in-chief (regrettably, he may not be overruled in this regard, and I write as an Iraq veteran), whose judgment regarding US Supreme Court nominations has been suspect (Harriet Meiers???), the unborns' lack of rights has never been more tenuous. Gandy should be a bishop somewhere; she's got the scaremongering fundraising rants down perfectly.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2007 1:28 PM ET USA

    (title this: Calling all 'Reaganites'!) What 'rainbow'? Close your eyes and they all sound and vote alike. If you're looking for a real 'rainbow' of ideas you have to come to the Republican party although only 'Rockefeller' Republicans have announced so far we still have hope.

  • Posted by: Andy K - Jan. 23, 2007 1:27 PM ET USA

    nightmares are dreams, too.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2007 12:43 PM ET USA

    Dear Diogenes, All tax exempt organizations are required by the IRS to submit FM 990 which documents expenses and donations plus explains the nature of the organization. Enjoy reading your insightful comments. You are lighting a light in a dark valley of today's "feel good" Catholic thought. Went to mass to give a prolife talk (after the mass in the coffee and donuts room...most avoided it) where there was a little water fall sending out soothing noise. Hmmmm I almost went to sleep.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2007 12:37 PM ET USA

    B. Hussein Obama isn’t a real African American, Gov. Richardson isn’t a real Latino, and there is considerable doubt that Mrs. Clinton is a real woman. No problem, though, because, to date, there aren’t any real Republicans running.

  • Posted by: Mangy Donkey - Jan. 23, 2007 11:42 AM ET USA

    I have a question. If woman were so often dying in childbirth, how were they able to have 12, 15, 18 children? What does she mean by often? What was and is the death-rate of the mothers during or immediately after childbirth?

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2007 11:35 AM ET USA posts the publicly available 990s (tax returns) of all nonprofits that are not churches (free site; registration required). In addition to being helpful for the kind of research in which Diogenes is interested, it's worthwhile to examine the 990 of any nonprofit before making a contribution.

  • Posted by: - Jan. 23, 2007 11:00 AM ET USA

    For starters, try checking the infanticide grants made by major foundations, e.g., Ford, MacArthur, Rockefeller, Hewlett-Packard, Gates, and a host of other philanthropic sources. The infamous Catholics for a Free Choice (sic) also gets a sizeable number of grants, especially for its butcher shops overseas. Ms. Gandy, howver, is not that far afield from some of our so-called progressive Catholics, including some prelates who mouth platitudes in their teaching moments.