A pro-life website slammed Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Thursday for his years as head of philanthropy for the Bloomberg Family Foundation, which grants millions of dollars to support abortion efforts worldwide.
The former Florida governor was named a founding director of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation
in 2010, LifeSiteNews reports.
He stepped down last year to prepare for his presidential bid.
Bush received $37,100 throughout for working at the helm of Bloomberg Philanthropies. The foundation has $5.4 billion in assets and grants more than $200 million a year to projects around the world, Life SiteNews reports.
In March 2014, the philanthropy announced a $50 million effort to expand "reproductive health" worldwide, according to the report, including lobbying foreign nations to ease restrictions on abortion.
The project involved Planned Parenthood-Global, which trains abortion activists in pro-life countries.
A Bush spokesman told LifeSiteNews that the candidate would not have voted on every effort by the foundation.
However, Stephen Phelan, director of mission communications at Human Life International, said: "Bush’s people are probably right that as a board member he did not vote on every project.
"But Bloomberg has been so open about his foundation’s goals for so long that it really stretches credibility to say that Bush or his people wouldn’t have known that the foundation pushes abortion and other population-control efforts," he said.
Meghan Womack, a spokeswoman for Bloomberg Philanthropies, told LifeSiteNews that directors do not sign off on every project.
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