Recent criticism over the National Association of Evangelicals' (NAE) choice of funding partners highlights the continued difficulty of seeking middle ground across the abortion divide.
The Generation Forum, a four-year-old NAE initiative to "converse and cooperate without compromising" in order to reduce abortions, drew criticism from World Magazine last week for being primarily funded by a pro-contraception group.
The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, which encourages the widespread use of contraception in order to reduce unplanned pregnancies, funds the Generation Forum's research, publications, outreach, and staff. Previewing a forthcoming World article, editor in chief Marvin Olasky critiqued the two organizations as "strange bedfellows"—largely because the National Campaign receives substantial funding from the Hewlett Foundation, which funds many pro-abortion groups.
In response, the Manhattan Declaration urged its followers to tell the NAE to stop using National Campaign funding because the campaign's goals are "incompatible with [our] faith convictions."
"Reducing unintended pregnancy is a laudable goal, but here, as in all things, how matters a great deal," the Manhattan Declaration stated in a blog post (since removed). "If, as in this case, it is through programs that undermine God's plan for sex in the context of marriage, we must not compromise our values."
Manhattan Declaration representatives did not return a call for comment Monday.
Olasky also noted that Sarah Brown, CEO of the National Campaign, was one of four panelists invited to speak about reducing abortion rates at a Q conference in April. In a vote during the panel, moderated by Q executive director Rebekah Lyons, nearly ...