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The Green Bay Packers have come under fire in the pro-life community for making a donation to Planned Parenthood through their charitable arm, the Packers Foundation. In a press release earlier this month, the foundation announced the names of their annual grant recipients, which totaled over $2.05 million. The grant given to Planned Parenthood was one of 192 overall, but the Packers’ unique status among NFL teams, as well as the pro-life make up of the Wisconsin community, have some calling foul.

Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion chain in the country, committing approximately 330,000 abortions annually, according to its own reports, which is approximately 40% of all abortions. Most of the organizations the Packers gave money to were not controversial, yet Planned Parenthood, which commits hundreds of thousands of abortions every year, seems to violate the mission of the grants given. The mission of the Packers Foundation is to “support charities possessing one or more of the following goals: perpetuates a community environment that promotes families and the competitive value of athletics; contributes to player and fan welfare; ensures the safety and education of children; and/or prevents cruelty to animals.”

Pro-Life Wisconsin said giving to Planned Parenthood violates this mission. “If the foundation truly wanted to promote families and ensure the safety of children, they would not be financially investing in an organization that violently destroys children’s lives each and every day,” Pro-Life Wisconsin said in a statement to Life News. “Any perceived benefit Planned Parenthood provides to society is wiped out every time they kill a baby, which in their case is 4,639 times a year in Wisconsin alone. In just one day, they wipe out the approximate equivalent of an entire football team.”

What sets the Packers apart from other NFL teams, and makes this donation especially egregious, is that the Packers are publicly owned by over 350,000 fans who have a total of 5,011,558 shares. A Pew Research Center study found that approximately half of all Wisconsin residents are pro-life, meaning the Packers could potentially be alienating half of their fans and owners.

The Packers Foundation told the Green Bay Press Gazette that the grant is for one specific Planned Parenthood program, and was not a blanket donation or endorsement of Planned Parenthood’s other programs. The program, Cuidándonos Creceremos más Sanos (CCmáS), is allegedly dedicated to providing health care and education to underserved Latino families in southeastern Wisconsin.

“This is an innovative Spanish-language education program that empowers people to take charge of their health,” Tanya Atkinson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, told the Press Gazette. “The Medical College of Wisconsin is predicting cancer rates among Hispanic women will double in the next 10 years. Programs like CCmáS serve as a critical connector between patients and the health care they need.”

Planned Parenthood often claims to be a vital provider of health care services to underserved or low-income communities. But here are the facts: Despite Planned Parenthood’s insistence that Americans everywhere rely on them for health care, they serve a small percentage of women. Atkinson mentions, for example, cancer rates, yet this is actually not a battle where Planned Parenthood is on the front lines. It performs very small percentages of health screenings — less than 2% of all breast exams (and zero mammograms), less than 1% of all Pap tests (screening for cervical cancer), and less than 2% of cancer screenings for women in total. Prenatal care is practically non-existent at Planned Parenthood, and the minute number of adoption referrals are dwarfed by the number of abortions they commit each year.

Planned Parenthood also continues to be vastly outnumbered by legitimate health care clinics across the country. Health care at Planned Parenthood has steadily decreased in recent years, yet it continues to call itself a legitimate health care provider.

11 thoughts on “Why did the Green Bay Packers Foundation donate to Planned Parenthood?”
  1. The killing of innocent human beings will not be tolerated. As much as I love our team as an owner I am deeply hurt and I will no longer support the Green Bay Packers.

    1. You going to stop supporting these corporations that donate directly to PP too? This list doesn’t even include indirect donors to PP.

      American Express
      Bank of America
      Bath & Body Works
      Ben & Jerry’s
      Charles Schwab
      Deutsche Bank
      Fannie Mae
      Freddie Mac
      Frito Lay
      General Electric
      Jiffy Lube
      JPMorgan Chase
      Johnson & Johnson
      Kaiser Permanente
      Kraft Heinz
      Levi Strauss
      Liberty Mutual
      March of Dimes
      Mondelez International
      Morgan Stanley
      Progressive Insurance
      Susan G. Komen
      United Airlines
      United Way
      US Bank
      Wells Fargo

  2. That letter makes me wonder who I should give a donation to. It’s difficult, which should it be? The The Packers or Planned Parenthood directly.
    That’s not important. It warms my heart to know such a wonderful institution as the Packers realizes the importance of a woman’s right to choose what and what does not grow in their bodies. It certainly should not be a religious cult. And after all, PP is not demanding religious nuts have abortions! Having a church trying to dictate what American citizens can and can’t do is against the founding principles of our proud nation.

  3. I have been a Packer fan for 65 yrs & a season ticket holder for 25 yrs. The killing of innocent human beings, I will not tolerate. I will turn in my tickets asap.

  4. the better question is why did President Trump approve a 500 million dollar bill to fund planned parent hood, whey they turn around and use tax payers funds to fight against pro-life

    1. Your hilarious, that’s why planned parenthood is upset with him. Get your facts straight. You want to hate go ahead but at least do it for a legitimate reason!! Anywhere you research it is very plain he IS NOT funding planned parenthood. Nice try!! This has been in the news for a while now.

  5. I have been a Packers fan for 55 years. I am very disappointed that they would not have done deeper research before donating to such a despicable organization.

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