Warren Buffet gives $millions for abortions

Don’t be fooled by his “aw-shucks I’m-just-a-regular-guy” folksy image.

Behind the smiling mask of Warren Buffet is a rabid pro-abort who funnels TENS OF MILLIONS of dollars into killing the unborn each year.

Warren BuffetBetsy Woodruff writes for The National Review, March 5, 2014, that documents from Buffet’s charitable organization and abortion-providing groups show that millions of dollars from the fortune of legendary investor Warren Buffett are going to pay for abortions.

Buffet, whose preternatural investing success has made him the fourth richest person in the world, is often described as folksy. But he’s also a longtime population-control buff, and his foundation pours tens of millions of dollars into abortion-funding work every year. In 2011, his foundation gave more than $115 million to pro-choice groups, with a large portion of that going to groups that fund abortions rather than merely doing education or advocacy.

National Review Online previously reported on the growing presence of charities that help women pay for abortions. Groups like the Lilith Fund have drawn increasing national attention, thanks in part to the efforts of pro-choice celebrities like Zach Galifianakis and Sarah Silverman. Buffett is not widely known as an abortion advocate, but his contributions dwarf those of better-known members of the pro-choice movement.

Here’s how: The Buffett Foundation — renamed the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation (STBF) in 2004 after Buffett’s wife’s death — exists as a medium for the investor’s charitable giving.

But David Callahan writes for Inside Philanthropy that Buffett’s STBF foundation is remarkably opaque — “a case study in non-transparency.” Although STBF ranked number five in total giving in 2012 of $367.1 million, which put it well ahead of such brand name foundations as Robert Wood Johnson, Kellogg, OSF, Mellon, and Packard, STBF’s websitefocuses only on education giving while omitting huge key funding areas. If you try calling the foundation, you get a message saying that nobody is there and that they don’t accept proposals, have funding guidelines, or publish an annual report.

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Despite the opacity, it’s clear 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. For example:

  • STBF gave more than $21 million in 2010 to the National Abortion Federation (NAF) Hotline Fund, one of America’s more prominent national abortion funds. That organization’s 990in 2012 (the latest year accessible) says its mission is “to ensure that women have the information and resources they need to access quality abortion care.” In 2012, the NAF Hotline’s annual revenue was a little more than $26 million, per GuideStar, which means almost all of its annual revenue came from Buffett’s foundation.
  • The Buffett Foundation’s 990 for 2012 wasn’t available. But in 2011, it gave or pledged more than $40 million to Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions as part of its range of services.
  • STBF also gave more than $1 million to the Abortion Access Project and many other pro-abortion groups.
  • In 2011, Buffett also gave $750,000 to the National Network of Abortion Funds, which supports state and local abortion funds.
  • Buffett’s foundation has also helped organizations seeking to increase abortion access overseas, including:
    • $16 million to DKT International, which works to expand abortion access in India, Ethiopia, Mozambique, and other countries. DKT’s website says it “provided 1.2 million safe abortion doses” in 2013.
    • More than $9.4 million from 2009 to 2011 to Gynuity Health Projects, which works to expand abortion access in developing countries. Its website discusses its efforts to lower the cost of medical abortions and “to help support introduction of this promising new technology [mifepristone, an abortifacient].”
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The above is a tiny slice of the support Buffett directs to organizations seeking to make abortion cheaper, more accessible, and less politically toxic. Buffett is consistently mum on abortion issues; he doesn’t put his mouth where his money is. But a look at his charitable giving suggests the pro-abortion movement has no better ally than the folksy billionaire.

And as further evidence, a pro-abort woman named Tracy Weitz recently joined the Buffet Foundation.

Tracy Weitz (r) with her "husband" Marj Plumb

California Catholic Daily reports that Tracy Weitz was just hired by the Buffett Foundation in Omaha, Nebraska. Weitz, while at the Bixby Global Reproductive Health Center at the University of  California, San Francisco, had orchestrated the medical research project which ended in legalizing non-physician abortions in California.

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~Eowyn

Dr. Eowyn is the Editor of Fellowship of the Minds.

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