“American Idol” Charity Cash Going to Groups which Support Abortion
By John-Henry Westen
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 19, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a statement released to the media on March 9, 2007, Douglas R. Scott, Jr., president of Life Decisions International (LDI), expressed his disappointment over the decision by “American Idol” to include two pro-abortion groups among the charities that will benefit from its “Idol Gives Back” project.
“American Idol” has pushed for corporate to support its project. Corporate sponsors of the show, such as Coca-Cola and AT&T, were among the first to make a pledge to Charity Projects Entertainment Fund (CPEF) for every person who called to vote for a contestant on April 24. The Ford Motor Company also pledged to support the effort. Scholastic created a website designed for teachers and students to support the project.
On April 25, several celebrities will appear on the show to promote “Idol Gives Back.” Americans were invited to call a toll-free number or go online to make a donation to CPEF, which will turn the money over to UNICEF, Save the Children, and several other groups.
“It is laudable that the people involved with ‘American Idol’ want to help the poor,” Scott said. “But it is tragic that they would choose to do so through groups like UNICEF and Save the Children. These groups have far too much deadly baggage.” Scott urged Americans who do not believe killing preborn human beings is an acceptable “solution” to poverty and other “adult-created problems” to contact the corporations that own “American Idol.”
The most comprehensive list of UNICEF’s anti-life moves is available on LifeSite here:
In the Campaign Life Coalition pamphlet featured on the site, author Winifride Prestwich wrote: “For years UNICEF spokesmen denied promoting contraception or abortion.” In “UNICEF: Guilty As Charged” she said records prove that “step by step over a 30-year period UNICEF has tied itself to the population controllers and to the anti-life, anti-family attitudes of such organizations as the International Planned Parenthood Federation.”
In 2001, Save the Children worked with pro-abortion groups Planned Parenthood, the Population Action Council and the pro-abortion National Audubon Society on its five-year “Planet Campaign.” Funded by the rabidly pro-abortion/population control David and Lucile Packard and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, the purpose of the campaign was to “raise awareness of the connections between international family planning and the health of children, women and the environment.”
“Ask the corporate officials to take whatever steps are necessary to drop UNICEF and Save the Children from the list of charities that will be supported through the ‘Idol Gives Back’ project,” Scott said. “Tell them you want to participate in this admirable effort but your deeply held beliefs do not allow you to do so. Pro-family people should not be left out. We want to help, too.” Pro-family Americans are also urged to include a few personal lines explaining why they want corporate officials to drop UNICEF and Save the Children.
Life Decisions asks supporters to send an e-mail to: Jasmine Borhan, Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, Bertelsmann AG ([email protected]); Gunter Thielen, Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bertelsmann AG ([email protected]); Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Executive Officer, RTLGroup ([email protected]); Oliver Herrgesell, Executive Vice President Communications & Marketing, RTLGroup ([email protected]); Tony Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, FremantleMedia Ltd. ([email protected]); Lynne-Mei Lee, Corporate Communications, FremantleMedia Ltd. ([email protected]emedia.com); and American Idol ([email protected]).
The e-mails to each respective corporate official may be identical and sent at the same time. Cut and paste: [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]; [email protected]
An e-mail address was not available for Robert F.X. Sillerman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CKX Inc. Please call (212-838-3100) or send a fax (212-872-1473) with the same message.