UPS donated to pro-choice group said to be targeting churches with protests
UPS listed as donor to Dominican Women’s Development Center
FIRST ON FOX: UPS provided financial backing to a pro-choice group that is said to be planning protests against churches in response to the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court that indicated the court is on the verge of overturning Roe v. Wade.
The pro-choice group Rise Up for Abortion Rights is planning to protest churches on Mother’s Day with other abortion activist organizations, including the New York City-based Dominican Women’s Development Center (DWDC).
UPS has provided financial support to the DWDC through its charitable arm, according to tax filings and DWDC's public statements.
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"This action is called for by a collective of spanish (sic) speaking women’s rights groups + activists across the country, including from Bride’s March, Dominican Women’s Development Center, Ni Una Menus, and Las 17," the Rise Up for Abortion Rights website reads.
"Several cities will be hosting protests outside of prominent churches in their towns, these can look like a group of people holding signs wearing Handmaids Tale outfits, passing out flyers outside to church goers or doing a die-in," it continues.
According to the 2019 990 form of UPS’s charitable arm, the UPS Foundation, the delivery company donated $10,000 to the DWDC that October. UPS was also listed as one of the activist group’s "foundation supporters" for their 2021 virtual gala.
Left-wing groups around the country have quickly mobilized after Justice Samuel Alito’s draft majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico.
Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday called the leak "absolutely appalling."
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"A leak of this stature is absolutely appalling," Roberts said. "If the person behind it thinks that it will affect our work, that’s just foolish."
UPS spokesman Malcolm Berkley told FOX Business in a Friday statement that while UPS and its charitable arm may not fully agree with the opinions held or actions taken by a nonprofit they donate to, they bestow grants in "key areas" the company supports, such as "programs for literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages" in the case of DWDC.
"UPS, The UPS Foundation, and our employees have a long history of supporting a wide array of nonprofit organizations." Berkley said. "While we do not agree with one-hundred percent of every nonprofit’s actions or opinions, we direct our giving to key areas we do support."
"In this case, our grants have been directed to programs for literacy and English for Speakers of Other Languages," he continued. "We will evaluate our giving with this group, as we do all others."
DWDC did not respond to FOX Business’ requests for comment.