Family Planning Association’s charity status comes under fire

Anti-abortionists are taking aim at the charity status of the Family Planning Association in their latest assault against women and pro-choice organisations.

Pro-choice groups have labelled Right to Life’s ongoing grudge-match as tiresome and time-wasting.

The Charities Commission confirmed it received a complaint regarding the Family Planning Association’s charity status, but was yet to decide whether to investigate.

Family Planning Association chief executive Jackie Edmond said she’s confident the organisation meets the legal requirements of a charity.

“We’re not concerned it will impact on our charity status. It’s just tiresome and a distraction.”

Right To Life had also complained to the Government about the association’s funding, she said.

“The biggest concern for me is it makes people nervous to address the real issues because a small number of people are very vocal,” Edmond said.

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