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TARA Health Foundation funds abortion pills on college campuses in California

Posted in Abortion pill, Home Use Abortion, TARA Health Foundation, Telemed with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2018 by saynsumthn

Abortion groups pledge $20M for abortion pills on California college campuses

UPDATE: SB320 passed and is on the way to the Governor’s desk

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The push to force California colleges to provide deadly abortion pills via legislative mandate (SB320) is a dangerous idea. But it’s not being funded primarily by the state. Instead, two pro-abortion philanthropic organizations have pledged their support to the tune of nearly $20 million. According to the website StateofReform.com, SB320 needed at least $9.6 million in private funding “made available to a state fund January 1, 2019,” to move forward. As the bill is moving forward, it is relevant to ask who is behind those funds: “[T]he Funders’ Collaborative, led by the Tara Health Foundation and The Women’s Foundation of California, committed just under $20 million in funds to ensure that it will move forward at no cost to the state.”

According to a letter from TARA to the Chair of the California Appropriations Committee, TARA and The Womens Foundation “have collectively committed to just under $20 million dollars in implementation funds ready to be deployed as soon as this important bill becomes law. All of the funders will make donations to a California nonprofit organization that will be responsible for providing the $9.6 million to the California Commission”:

  • $200,000 grants to each of 34 public university student health centers
  • $200,000 grants to each of the 2 public university systems (UC and CSU)
  • $2.4 million to CCSWG for administering the fund

An additional $9.875 million dollars will be provided directly to appropriate technical assistance
advisors, and an evaluation team, as well as directly funding grants of $200,000 each for any
community colleges or private universities that wish to become ready to provide medication
abortion at their student health center.

Image: TARA Health Foundation letter to fund abortion pills

TARA Health Foundation letter to fund abortion pills

TARA Health Foundation was founded by Ruth Shaber, an OB/GYN who held research positions at Kaiser Permanente. According to her online bio, she sits on the Medical Advisory Committee for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Shaber is also the chairman of the board of TARA’s Reproductive Health Investors Alliance, which partners with abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood, and has granted them $3.35 million.

Shaber claims the mission of TARA consists of “engaging peers to join in piloting and demonstrating the use of creative philanthropic capital to drive social and financial returns.” Those “social” returns include abortion on demand. According to its website, in 2014, Shaber named the foundation “after the goddess Tara in order to invoke the strength and compassion of a powerful female deity. Tara, a Hindu goddess later adopted in Buddhism, embodies both fierceness and maternal protection for all beings. She represents creation, wisdom, oneness and strength to overcome obstacles.”

How, exactly, does killing children via the abortion pill square with “maternal protection for all beings”?

Image: Ruth Shaber founder TARA Health Foundation (Image credit: LinkedIn)

Ruth Shaber founder TARA Health Foundation (Image credit: LinkedIn)

The Women’s Foundation is led by Surina Khan, a previous staffer at the Ford Foundation and the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. Though on paper, the Women’s Foundation advocates for a number of causes impacting women, the Foundation also gives grants to nonprofits that advance “reproductive rights” — code for abortion on demand.

Image: Womens Foundation California funds abortion pill on college campus (Image credit: Twitter)

Womens Foundation California funds abortion pill on college campus (Image credit: Twitter)

According to Marj Plumb, DrPH, Chief Strategist of Policy Advocacy and Training at The Women’s Foundation, SB 320 came out of a training program called the Women’s Policy Institute. Plumb told StateofReform.com:

One of our teams a couple years ago had heard of the UC Berkeley effort [to petition the University to offer medication abortions at the campus health center] and felt that there needed to be a state law that required the state university health centers to provide medication abortion. So they partnered with Senator Leyva who helped to write the bill language and do the advocacy…

Primarily, The Women’s Foundation of California and Tera Health Foundation…helped to implement both medication and other types of abortion at Kaiser and at other facilities. Then we have other funders who are participating with us, several of whom wish to remain anonymous.

TARA’S philanthropy was recently used to prop up the abortion chain Whole Woman’s Health (WWH) while they raised legal challenges to Texas’s abortion laws, taking it all the way to the Supreme Court. An interview Shaber conducted with the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Shaber explained:

One example of how we’re using capital in an integrated fashion and creatively is in how we’ve supported Whole Woman’s Health, an organization of clinics led by Amy Hagstrom Miller… because of the burden of the litigation, they needed to open and close their clinics multiple times. As a result, they had a large amount of debt, and the only place they were able to get capital from was high-interest credit card debt. When we got involved in supporting them…giving them a grant, we were able to do this private debt. It’s giving us a 3% return over five years.

Recent FDA reports indicate that almost a dozen women have died from the abortion pill and a thousand have been hospitalized. Women suffering adverse effects of the abortion pill may claim to hospital emergency rooms that they are experiencing miscarriages rather than medication abortion complications — and this can skew the real numbers of reported complications, which may have a tremendous impact on the safety of vulnerable young women.

College campuses should not be partners in killing off future generations. And no matter how much money is raised, abortion will never be a good solution for women.

Abortion strategy to fund abortion and bio-waste facilities, pass legislation

Posted in Abortion Strategy, ANSIRH, Guttmacher, Reproductive Health Investors Allianc, TARA Health Foundation with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2018 by saynsumthn

EXPOSED: Abortion groups’ plan to ‘increase supply and demand’ for abortion

A 92-page report on the Tara Health Foundation website should be reviewed by pro-life advocates across the nation, as it details upcoming strategy from abortion supporters, which includes the push for “home use” abortions. Live Action News has previously covered how the philanthropic Foundation is behind funding RU-486 pills on college campuses in California and behind propping up the abortion chain Whole Woman’s Health while it battled safety regulations in Texas.

The “US Reproductive Health Investment Case” report from October of 2017 was put together by the “Reproductive Health Investors Alliance… to determine the most effective opportunities to improve access to reproductive health services… using both philanthropy and impact investments.” The report’s stated goal? “To increase the supply of and demand for… contraceptive and abortion services.”

Image: TARA Reproductive Health Investors Alliance Goal

TARA Reproductive Health Investors Alliance Goal

Image: Reproductive Health Investors Alliance Steering Committee

Reproductive Health Investors Alliance Steering Committee

The report includes statistics and analysis from “ANSIRH, the Guttmacher Institute, Ibis Reproductive Health, and the Kaiser Family Foundation.”

It should be noted that these agencies have abortion connections:

“Experts” who contributed to the report include:

The executive summary begins by pointing out the target:

… specific demographic groups (18-19 year olds, Black [WOC] and Hispanic women, and low-income women) that lag behind the national average in their rates of contraceptive use, the efficacy of contraceptives used and timing of abortion.

Live Action News has documented time and again that minority groups, which have a disproportionately high rate of abortion, are the target of the population control movement.

Image: TARA Reproductive Health Investors Alliance targeting women of color

TARA Reproductive Health Investors Alliance targeting women of color

The report identifies “40 example investment opportunities,” matched to “five challenge-specific investment strategies”:

a) research and development,
b) legislation & litigation,
c) pricing & reimbursement,
d) service provision, and
e) care-seeking by underserved populations

As Live Action News has documented, the report states that, “~50% of abortions are repeat abortions (460K abortions/year)” and it defines “woman” as those “in need of high quality contraceptive and abortion services” though the report “acknowledge[s] that this is a vast simplification.” The report also adds, “The term ‘woman’ does not describe the identity of all persons who can get pregnant; conversely, not all those who identify as a woman can get pregnant.”

Image: TARA Reproductive Health Investors Alliance legislative strategies

TARA Reproductive Health Investors Alliance legislative strategies

Pro-abortion legislative and litigation strategies suggested in the report include:

  • REMS removal strategy (This is the risk management system that governs the abortion pill RU486)
  • TRAP laws removal advocacy
  • Gestational bans removal advocacy
  • Criminality of self-induced abortion removal advocacy
  • Organizing led by women of color
  • Reproductive health or democracy reform PAC donations
  • Reproductive justice PAC donations

Image: Reproductive Health Investors Alliance abortion clinic strategy 1 of 2

Reproductive Health Investors Alliance strategy 1 of 2

Strategies that benefit abortion facilities include:

  • Investment in a biowaste facility that will collect from the facilities
  • Upstream investment to secure supply of firms able to build the facilities
  • Guarantees that enable the facilities to take out market rate loans
  • Readily available real estate or rental agreements for the facilities
  • Facilitate and train NPs, CNMs, PAs to commit abortions
  • Provide funding or loans for independent providers to join a telemedicine network
  • Innovations in telemedicine, mobile services, or at-home services that improve access
  • Provide free pregnancy diagnosis in abortion facilities to combat pregnancy resource centers

Image: Reproductive Health Investors Alliance abortion clinic strategy 2 of 2

Reproductive Health Investors Alliance strategy 2 of 2

Statistics from report unintentionally point to pro-life advances:

  • Since 2010, 338 state abortion restrictions have been adopted.
  • 90% of all U.S. counties lack an abortion provider.
  • 162 abortion providers closed down between 2011-2016. Only 21 abortion facilities opened during the same period.
  • An estimated 16 abortion facilities close each year due to financial challenges.
  • As of 2008, 97% of nonmetropolitan counties lacked an abortion provider.
  • There are an estimated 2,300 to 3,500 CPCs in the U.S. while there are only 1,800 abortion facilities.
  • Pregnancy resource centers outnumber these facilities 2:1.
  • Cost and difficulty getting malpractice insurance for independent providers is one of the biggest financial challenges for already resource strapped abortion facilities.
  • Viewing an ultrasound may contribute to a small proportion of women with medium or low decision certainty deciding to continue the pregnancy.
  • More than a third of Planned Parenthood’s budget comes from Medicaid, putting Planned Parenthood at risk if Medicaid funding is blocked.

The report proves the length abortion supporters intend to go to in order to guarantee the “right” to end the lives of tiny humans persons in the womb. And it clearly shows the impact that pro-life legislation, pro-life activism, and pro-life pregnancy centers are having on the abortion industry.

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.