Murdock Trust Part of Trump’s Anti-Women Agenda
March 6, 2017
As we’ve written over the past few weeks, the Murdock Trust is part and parcel of Donald Trump’s America. While leaders of the Washington-based funder might tell you they are not supporters of Donald Trump, behind the scenes, they fund the very organizations that fight to enact Trump’s extreme right-wing agenda.
The Murdock Trust has contributed over $1.3 million to crisis pregnancy centers across the Pacific Northwest. These groups pose as health clinics and often advertise as if they provide abortion services, but are “almost entirely funded by national anti-choice umbrella organizations” according to NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Trump, too, has supported pregnancy crisis centers. His “charity,” the Donald J. Trump Foundation, contributed $600 directly to Choices Pregnancy Care Center, a center with two locations in Georgia and contributed $100,000 to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, whose website “touts its opposition to abortion rights and their founder’s ‘instrumental’ role in establishing Care Net—one of the three major umbrella organizations of CPCs in the United States.”
The centers use far-reaching and deceptive information to “persuade women, sometimes violently so, to not terminate their pregnancies.” Furthermore, they “use deceptive and intimidating practices in order to prevent women from accessing the full range of reproductive-health options.”
Crisis pregnancy centers also often portray themselves as abortion providers on the Internet and position themselves close to legitimate reproductive health clinics in order to confuse women who are trying to access legitimate abortion providers.
Beyond crisis pregnancy centers, Trump has advocated for the reversal of Roe v. Wade, which would allow individual states to ban abortion, even admitting in an interview on CBS that women who couldn’t afford to travel to another state for an abortion might not be able to have one.