By John-Henry Westen and Kathleen Gilbert
LONDON, December 9, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Hewlett Foundation has announced $125.1 million in new grants to 214 organizations. First and foremost among the beneficiaries is International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF), for whom Hewlett cut the largest check by far, granting $8.3 million to support worldwide abortion.
Of the Menlo Park-based foundation’s six program areas, the most money went toward “population” issues, specifically supporting family planning and AIDS prevention worldwide. In all, the foundation’s "Population Program" gave $31.8 million to 38 organizations dealing with global population issues. The International Planned Parenthood Federation, based in London, claimed over a quarter of the sum to support its radical agenda.
IPPF is the world’s most powerful abortion provider, and has explicitly stated its mission to aggressively dismantle pro-life law and culture around the globe. (http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/nov/08112808.html) Last year IPPF received over $115 million in grants from individual nations, the European Commission, UN agencies like the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and various foundations.
LifeSiteNews.com has also reported on the Packard Foundation’s funding of the abortion movement (see: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2000/mar/00032702.html and http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2000/mar/00032702.html ).
Jim Hughes of Campaign Life Coalition said that the best method for pro-lifers to confront Hewlett on their support for abortion is to attack the "slender thread" upon which the technology giant Hewlett-Packard bases its financial survival: ink cartridges.
Pro-lifers who use Hewlett-Packard (HP) printers can send a message by investing in a new printer from another company, he said, but those who keep their old printers would be able to make a very significant impact by choosing to purchase refurbished ink cartridges. HP makes no profit from refurbished cartridges.
"If Hewlett Packard were whacked with laser beam precision right where it hurts financially for the Hewlett and Packard Foundations’ putting themselves so firmly behind abortion supporters, that would have an impact," said Hughes.
"A sudden lurch the wrong direction (down) in the financial bedrock would be a tremendous blow, fiscally and psychologically. People at the top would notice, they’d want to know why, and they would do the research necessary to figure it out; they would learn."
To contact Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd:
To contact the Hewlett Foundation:
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
2121 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Phone: (650) 234-4500
Fax: (650) 234-4501