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Wanted for funding the criminalization of Abortion: The Prince Family

August 18, 2022

This is the third in a series of WANTED posters, looking at individuals, families and organizations in West Michigan that have contributed significantly to the criminalization of abortion and the undermining of reproductive justice.

The Prince family, from Holland, Michigan, are best known by sibling Erik Prince and Betsy DeVos. Their parents, Edgar (now deceased) and Elsa (remarried with the last name Broekhuizen) used their wealth to fund various Right Wing Christian groups, such as the Council for National Policy, the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Alliance Defending Freedom, Right to Life Michigan and Protect Life Michigan, a group that works with high school and college students to develop anti-abortion leaders. All of these groups have a deep commitment to dismantling Roe v Wade, to consistently attacking state policy and providing economic support to so-called women’s clinics that provide “alternatives to abortion” information.

Like the DeVos and Cook families, the Prince family has funded an anti-abortion agenda both through their foundation, the Edgar & Elsa Prince Foundation and through their campaign contributions over the years to GOP candidates and incumbents. 

We encourage you to share this poster and consider directing some of your rage at the recent US Supreme Court ruling to overturn Roe v Wade towards the Prince Family Foundation, Elsa Prince Broekhuizen and Erik Prince, who both sit on the board of the foundation. 

Sources:

SourceWatch.org

OpenSecrets.org

GuideStar.org

The Religious Right in Michigan Politics, by Russ Bellant, 1996.

 

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