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In 2010, La Sierra Uni­ver­sity, a Seventh-day Adven­tist lib­eral arts insti­tu­tion in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, named its “Finan­cial Lit­er­acy and Entre­pre­neur­ship Cen­ter” after noto­ri­ous abor­tion provider Edward C. Allred. Allred, a 1964 grad­u­ate of Loma Linda Uni­ver­sity Med­ical School, has achieved leg­endary sta­tus in the pro-life com­mu­nity for his frank com­ments in a 1980 inter­view with the San Diego Union. (The full arti­cle, enti­tled “Doctor’s Abor­tion Busi­ness is Lucra­tive” is avail­able here.)

In the arti­cle, Allred described how he was able per­form more abor­tions, more quickly, in a more cost-effective man­ner.  In addi­tion to elim­i­nat­ing pre-abortion psy­chi­atric coun­sel­ing, Allred’s doc­tors would spend no more than 5 min­utes per pro­ce­dure by “elim­i­nat­ing need­less patient-physician contact.”

Accord­ing to the arti­cle, “The secret of the clin­ics’ effi­ciency, Allred said, is ‘giv­ing every­one one job to do and then mak­ing them an expert at it.’”

Allred described how clinic buses would pick up “plane­loads of women” who flew to Cal­i­for­nia from states where it was dif­fi­cult to obtain abor­tion procedures.

Allred’s moti­va­tion for start­ing the clin­ics is also quite inter­est­ing. Rather than sum­ma­rize, I will sim­ply include the fol­low­ing para­graphs from the Union article:

Allred said he was inter­ested in pop­u­la­tion con­trol even before he went into the abor­tion busi­ness. He said he and his wife decided 20 years ago to have no chil­dren and never regret­ted the deci­sion. He suf­fers the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing abor­tion with­out appar­ent tur­moil (“It’s inevitable”) and refuses to debate the moral­ity (“I’m not a philosopher.”)

Pop­u­la­tion con­trol is too impor­tant to be stopped by some right-wing pro-life types,” Allred said. “Take the new influx of His­panic immi­grants. Their lack of respect for democ­racy and social order is fright­en­ing. I hope I can do some­thing to stem that tide; I’d set up a clinic in Mex­ico for free if I could. Maybe one in Calex­ico would help. The sur­vival of our soci­ety could be at stake.”

Elim­i­nat­ing wel­fare would be a good step toward pop­u­la­tion con­trol, Allred said.

The Aid to Fam­i­lies with Depen­dent Chil­dren pro­gram is the worst boon­dog­gle ever cre­ated,” he said. “When a sullen black woman of 17 or 18 can decide to have a baby and get wel­fare and food stamps and become a bur­den to all of us, it’s time to stop. In parts of South Los Ange­les hav­ing babies for wel­fare is the only indus­try the peo­ple have.”

If the state elim­i­nates Medi-Cal fund­ing for abor­tions, Allred said his clin­ics might con­tinue giv­ing free abor­tions to poor women “for the social good.”

Allred is also listed as the physi­cian on duty at the failed abor­tion of Gianna Jessen Gianna Jessen in 1977 who was born alive after her mother under­went an attempted saline abor­tion. She suf­fers cere­bral palsy, but has become an out­spo­ken anti-abortion advo­cate and ded­i­cated Chris­t­ian, specif­i­cally lob­by­ing for leg­is­la­tion signed by George W. Bush in 2002 that out­lawed the killing of abor­tion sur­vivors by stran­gu­la­tion, suf­fo­ca­tion, dis­card­ing the liv­ing fetus, or leav­ing it to die.  (See Gian​na​Jessen​.com)

Allred, who had made mil­lions through is abor­tion clin­ics, sold his chain of clin­ics in 2005 to another grad­u­ate of Loma Linda Uni­ver­sity. Allred also bought the Los Alami­tos Race­track and in the past decade lob­bied to change state law in order to have Vegas-style slot machines brought to the track to help increase revenue.

In 1992, the Seventh-day Adven­tist Church pub­lished Guide­lines on Abor­tion which pro­vides that “pre­na­tal human life is a mag­nif­i­cent gift of God. God’s ideal for human beings affirms the sanc­tity of human life, in God’s image, and requires respect for pre­na­tal life. How­ever, deci­sions about life must be made in the con­text of a fallen world. Abor­tion is never an action of lit­tle moral con­se­quence. Thus pre­na­tal life must not be thought­lessly destroyed. Abor­tion should be per­formed only for the most seri­ous reasons.”

The guide­lines con­tinue, “Abor­tions for rea­sons of birth con­trol, gen­der selec­tion, or con­ve­nience are not con­doned by the Church. Women, at times how­ever, may face excep­tional cir­cum­stances that present seri­ous moral or med­ical dilem­mas, such as sig­nif­i­cant threats to the preg­nant woman’s life, seri­ous jeop­ardy to her health, severe con­gen­i­tal defects care­fully diag­nosed in the fetus, and preg­nancy result­ing from rape or incest.“

La Sierra Uni­ver­sity describes Allred as follows:

Dr. Allred has always been an entre­pre­neur, whether in his inno­v­a­tive and finan­cially suc­cess­ful med­ical prac­tice or in his life­long com­mit­ment to the sport and busi­ness of quar­ter horse rac­ing in the United States and South­ern Cal­i­for­nia in par­tic­u­lar. To both he has brought not only sound and cre­ative busi­ness prac­tices but also a deep inter­est in his col­leagues and employ­ees and a gen­uine care for their well being.

Dr. Allred has also been a change agent in soci­ety through his gen­eros­ity as a phil­an­thropist. He has been espe­cially sup­port­ive of uni­ver­si­ties, sec­ondary schools, stu­dent groups, and church organizations.

The Cen­ter is pleased not only to acknowl­edge the legacy of Dr. Edward C. Allred but also to carry out at least part of his vision for the pro­mo­tion of free mar­ket eco­nom­ics par­tic­u­larly among high school students.”

As an alum­nus and a Seventh-day Adven­tist myself, I con­tacted La Sierra to express my con­cerns regard­ing the nam­ing of the facil­ity. I have been advised that the Uni­ver­sity has no inten­tion of renam­ing the Edward C. Allred Cen­ter for Finan­cial Lit­er­acy and Entre­pre­neur­ship. Accord­ing to spokesper­son Larry Becker, “It’s impor­tant to note that La Sierra Uni­ver­sity ben­e­fits from the gen­eros­ity of a wide vari­ety of donors—Adventist and non-Adventist. The Uni­ver­sity val­ues each gift as a donor’s expres­sion of sup­port for its efforts to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble Adven­tist edu­ca­tion to our students.”

There is an old maxim that says, “Tell me who you honor and I will tell you what you are.”

In nam­ing the cen­ter after Allred, La Sierra has bestowed not only an honor, but staked its claim by tac­itly acknowl­edg­ing, approv­ing, and prais­ing his con­tro­ver­sial entre­pre­neur­ial accomplishment.

Given that the Uni­ver­sity is mak­ing its stance emi­nently clear, let me also be clear – this honor is objec­tion­able and abhor­rent.  La Sierra Uni­ver­sity – rename the center!

 

 

 
 

6 Comments

  1. Stan says:

    Good on you mate!

    You have had a long habit of stand­ing up for those who can not stand up for themselves.

  2. Nic Samojluk says:

    Michael,

    You have done a superb job in research­ing and report­ing on this story which has cap­tured the atten­tion of many Adven­tist and non-Adventist media sources.

    I would like to point out that in hon­or­ing Dr. Edward Allred in spite of its heavy involve­ment with the abor­tion indus­try, La Sierra Uni­ver­sity has done noth­ing that is dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent from what the Adven­tist Church has done.

    The main dif­fer­ence between what Allred did and what the church was able to accom­plish is that this doc­tor designed a more effi­cient method of killing unborn babies.

    If we con­demn Allred’s suc­cess in prof­it­ing from abor­tion, then we must also con­demn what the church did. The Adven­tist lead­er­ship allowed our own hos­pi­tals to profit from abor­tions on demand start­ing back in 1970 when the State of Hawaii legal­ized abortion.

  3. Doug Yowell says:

    Thanks for the article,Michael. What’s as despi­ca­ble as Dr. Allred’s moral inco­her­ence is LSU’s hon­or­ing of it. Becker’s attempt to not only defend the dona­tion but also the nam­ing of the cen­ter reveals how low LSU is will­ing to pros­ti­tute itself in order to pro­vide it’s ver­sion of an “Adven­tist edu­ca­tion”. Tak­ing Becker’s word for it per­haps we should now expect siz­able dona­tions from pub­lish­ing and mar­ket­ing pio­neers Larry Flint and Hugh Hefner, towards the estab­lish­ment of the new LSU Arts and Jour­nal­ism Cen­ter. Or per­haps the LSU’s new Adver­tis­ing depart­ment made pos­si­ble by the gen­er­ous dona­tions of Car­los Brito Anheuser-Busch CEO. Rename the cen­ter and give the money back!! God doesn’t need it.And the SDA church doesn’t need any more blood on it’s hands.Thanks again for sound­ing the warning.

  4. Doug Yowell says:

    This is in direct defi­ance of the Church’s 1992 “guidelines/suggestions”,LSU’s equiv­a­lent of Jehoiakim, hear­ing the words of the Jeremiah’s scroll and burn­ing them.And don’t for­get to men­tion that Dr. Allred has now added to his busi­ness port­fo­lio acqui­si­tion of the Los Alami­tos Race­track. Abor­tion and gam­bling is now hon­ored at LSU.

  5. I could not have said it bet­ter myself. I have always felt proud to have grad­u­ated from LSU. How­ever, this is more than just an unfor­tu­nate embar­rass­ment. It is a claim and endorse­ment that is equiv­a­lent to pros­ti­tu­tion of the moral stance the Uni­ver­sity claims to uphold. Allred saw no value in minor­ity con­tri­bu­tions and felt absolutely no com­punc­tion about find­ing ways to slaugh­ter as many minori­ties as pos­si­ble. A racist who felt it his right to kill all who did not fit his def­i­n­i­tion of value before they had any oppor­tu­nity to con­tribute. I can not see any ben­e­fit other than as a means for those who chose the name to declare a shared out­look and lack of moral compass.

  6. Ivan Chamberlain says:

    It is a cry­ing shame the SDA church went down the AMA accred­i­ta­tion road which = reject­ing Gods way = $ = worldly recog­ni­tion = death of kids = death to those who don’t repent and turn from there wicked ways. Come quickly Lord Jesus.

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