On the tape below, IRS employee Sherry Wan asserts that a pro-life ministry will not be eligible for 501(c)(3) status if it “forces” its religious beliefs on others:
“You cannot force your religion or force your beliefs on somebody else . . .
“You convince them. But when you take a lot of action, [unintelligible] other people. For example, when you, you know, go to, you know, the abortion clinic, and you found them [unintelligible], we don’t want, you know, to come against them.”
“You can’t take all kinds of confrontation activities and also put something on a website and ask people to take action against the abortion clinic. That’s not, that’s not really educational” . . .
You have to know your boundaries. You have to know your limits. You have to respect other people’s beliefs.”
Of course, this misinformation is despicably reminiscent of other outrageous and intrusive scrutiny imposed by the IRS on pro-life groups. Recall that Coalition for Life was asked to promise not to protest outside Planned Parenthood as a condition of receiving tax-exempt status, and a Texas pro-life group was asked whether it provides education “on both sides of the issues” and whether its members try to speak with anyone entering medical clinics.
Note that Planned Parenthood — America’s largest abortion provider, which receives almost half its budget from our tax dollars — is a 501(c)(3), and apparently the IRS has no qualms about its activities or its educational value.