MADISON, Wisc. – A prominent atheist organization that routinely challenges Christians in court was founded with close ties to the abortion industry, according to recent reports.
Since 1978, the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) has promoted secularism and advocated for the so-called “separation of church and state.” The organization regularly challenges references to God or the Bible in schools, military bases, and other government-affiliated places.
As previously reported, FFRF has seen multiple victories in its fight against religion. In the past few months alone, the organization has been responsible for the censoring of God-honoring historical plaques, the suspension of a football coach who prayed with his team, the removal of Gideon Bibles on a college campus, the banning of coach-led prayers at a high school, the removal of Scriptures from a high school sculpture, and the distribution of anti-Christian materials in public schools.
As the FFRF’s crusade against religion continues, recent reports have revealed that the organization has had close ties to the abortion industry ever since its inception. According to a report from Madison’s Isthmus newspaper, Anne Gaylor founded FFRF in 1976 as an offshoot of the pro-abortion movement.
“[FFRF] grew out of the reproductive rights movement after the Gaylors saw legislative hearings packed with Catholic nuns, priests and schoolchildren and concluded religion was the root of women’s inequality,” Isthmus reports.
In addition to the FFRF, Gaylor co-founded the Women’s Medical Fund (WMF)—an organization whose sole purpose is to fund abortions. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the WMF provides abortion support for pregnant women of all ages, including many young girls.
“Of the 632 women the fund has helped so far this year, 147 were teenagers,” Gaylor once wrote in a fundraising letter to the organization’s supporters. “Of these, nine were only 13 years old, and one, not yet a teen, was just 12!”
So far, the WMF has financed over 20,000 abortions in Wisconsin. The FFRF, which has reportedly received grants from the WMF, praises the fund as “the largest continuously operating independent all-volunteer abortion fund in the nation,” saying “[a]lmost 100% of donations go directly to pay for abortion care.”
Gaylor, who authored a book titled Abortion Is A Blessing, has long been recognized as a leading advocate of abortion. In 2011, she received the Dr. George Tiller Memorial Award—named after the infamous abortionist who became known as “Tiller the Baby Killer.”
Christians who have recognized the FFRF’s close ties to the abortion industry say the connection is disconcerting. Steve McConkey, President of the Christian sports ministry 4 WINDS, said in a recent press release that the FFRF’s relationship with the abortion movement demonstrates the organization’s anti-Christian mission.
“The Freedom From Religion Foundation is not just about abolishing Christianity,” McConkey said in the release. “What they really desire is to eliminate biblical standards that Christians uphold. This is obvious when you see the connection to abortion.”
In an interview with Christian News Network, McConkey further explained the implications of FFRF’s pro-abortion position.
“This is an organization that not only has a hatred for Christianity, but a desire to see the most innocent harmed,” he warned. “They were founded on the principles of the Zero Population craze in the 70s. If they indirectly push the silent holocaust of abortion, they are no different than other evil movements that have eliminated innocent people in history.”
The FFRF’s fight against Christianity is ultimately a spiritual battle, McConkey says.
“We must remember we are in a spiritual battle,” he said. “The enemy blinds the eyes of people, especially as time progresses toward the end. Look at the world today—the lack of absolutes has created an open door for every kind of evil and can lead to evil leaders exploiting people. Evil builds if not checked by God’s absolutes.”
McConkey says that anti-Christian crusades were foretold in the Scriptures, but Christians should not stand idly by as “atheism opens the door to more evil.”
“The Bible does predict a hatred of God’s people and deception toward the end of time,” he stated. “We can expect this, but as Christians we need to stand up.”