Comic Relief's support of abortion is well documented and has been an ongoing topic of concern for a number of years among pro-life advocates. Another charity well known for its abortion links is, rather ironically, Save the Children.
But did you know that Barnardos recommends Marie Stopes on its 'links' page or that Childline promotes abortion as a 'legitimate choice'? Did you know that the British Heart Foundation has assisted in raising £12m for stem cell research? And did you know that UNICEF promotes chemical and surgical abortion and provides confidential sexual and reproductive health information and services to children from 10 years of age?
And while it would be fair to say that these charities provide much needed help and assistance in other areas of their work, there is very little doubt that some of what they do does not square with the pro-life view, a view that is non-negotiable if you are Catholic.
The truth is, there are plenty of other charities out there who do great work and who do not provide anti-life assistance to vulnerable people or provide funding for abortions or contraception. Consider Mary's Meals, SCIAF, Aid to the Church in Need, St Margaret's Adoption Society, Bethany Christian Trust, Wayside Homeless Charity, SPUC, LIFE Charity, and the Cardinal Winning Pro-Life Initiative to name but a few.
There is no need to deprive needy people because you value all life from the moment of conception until natural death. You can politely decline to become involved in anything relating to anti-life charities or you can respectfully agree to take part in activities but say that money you raise will be going elsewhere. The fact is, nobody needs to be deprived of your genrosity. You have alternative options available to you. It's just a case of knowing which charities to support and ensuring that, in your charitable giving, you continue to protect all life.
Click here for a list of charities which have given SPUC cause for concern: https://www.spuc.org.uk/education/charities/