OMAHA, NE, March 19, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The sociologist whose research was instrumental in forming California’s law allowing non-physicians to perform abortions has joined the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation in Omaha, NE.
Tracy Weitz was formerly part of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at University of California San Francisco. She quietly joined Warren Buffett’s philanthropic organization as their director of domestic programs on January 1, 2014, according to an announcement made by her partner, Marj Plumb.
Weitz is a self-proclaimed promoter of abortion expansion. The studies she conducted with ANSIRH (Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health), an abortion and reproductive health research organization she co-founded, led to the passage of A.B. 154, a bill that allows non-physicians to perform abortions in the state of California.
Because of A.B. 154, nurse-practitioners and certified midwives are legally allowed to perform abortions.
A few years ago, ANSIRH also began the “Turnaway Study” to examine the long-term effects of unwanted pregnancy and abortion. This study purported to find that women who have abortions suffer no emotional damage, but women who are forced to keep their unplanned child, due to abortion restrictions, usually end up poor and on welfare.
However, this study, which was promoted as being objective and ground-breaking by the mainstream media, was criticized as being biased and fictitious because of Weitz’s enthusiastic and passionate support for abortion.
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Weitz’s biography on the UCSF website states that “her current research focuses on innovative strategies to expand abortion provision in the U.S.”
“Dr. Weitz's passion,” the biography continues, “is for those aspects of women's health which are marginalized either for ideological reasons, or because the populations affected lack the means or mechanisms to have their concerns raised.”
It is this passion that will drive Weitz in her new position as domestic program director for the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, an organization known for its promotion of population control and abortion around the world.
In an article written for the National Review, Betty Woodruff explains that the STBF serves as a channel for Buffett’s charitable giving. “It’s clear,” Woodruff states, “the foundation pours millions into pro-choice organizations, with a special focus on funding for abortions.”
“In addition to funding general women’s health organizations and some political groups, Buffett gives generously to organizations that use their funds specifically to help women pay for abortions.”
Woodruff points out that in 2010 alone, the STBF gave over $21 million to the National Abortion Federation Hotline Fund, an organization that, according to its website, “was established … to help women access unbiased information, enabling them to make the choices that are right for them. Through the Hotline, women can also access NAF member providers and clinics who offer safe, high-quality abortion services.”
Though one of the most renowned philanthropic organizations in the world, the STBF is strangely vague about where its donations are placed. In his article for Inside Philanthropy, David Callahan calls the group “a case study in non-transparency.”
“We all know,” Callahan continues, “that STBF is moving big money in developing countries and also here in the United States. But to whom, and why, and through what grantmaking [sic] programs with what priorities run by what staff—all that is quite mysterious.”
With her passion for the promotion of widespread abortion access propelling her, Weitz will no doubt fit in at her new position at the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. In conjunction with Allen Greenburg, executive director for the STBF, she will be responsible for the distribution of the foundation’s charitable funds. Most of those funds will more than likely be funneled into various abortion advocacy and population control groups.