Catholic Bishops Act On Komen Links To Planned Parenthood

September 6, 2011 09:00 AM

(Washington, D.C.) — Roman Catholic bishops in Ohio have ordered a ban on raising funds in their dioceses' institutions for a leading foundation that battles against breast cancer—Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The decision began making pro-life news on the heels of American Life League releasing its third research report last week revealing that 18 Komen affiliates gave more than half a million dollars in grants to Planned Parenthood in 2010.

 

“Our latest year figures show that Komen is hurting its own mission cancer.  E-Not only is Planned Parenthood the world’s largest abortion chain, it is also the largest purveyor of hormonal contraceptives, which are classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)—part of the UN's World Health Organization—as Group 1 carcinogens for breast and other cancers,” said Judie Brown, president of American Life League.

 

“On behalf of ALL and Catholics everywhere, we thank our Church leaders in Ohio for boldly taking a stand for life. We hope that this action may provide enough clarity to leadership at Komen to prompt its administration to disentangle its fine efforts from a destructive relationship with Planned Parenthood,” Brown continued. “We also pray that such courage and discernment will embolden other Catholic bishops to act.”

 

ALL’s Stop Planned Parenthood Project (STOPP) issues a variety of scientifically validated research and educational reports on the consequences of abortion, contraception, and other life issues.

 

Media inquiries, please contact Paul E. Rondeau at 540.659.4942 or PRondeau@ALL.org.

 

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American Life League, the oldest national Catholic pro-life organization in the United States, was cofounded by Judie Brown in 1979.  Appointed twice by Pope John Paul II and again by Pope Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Academy for Life, Brown will release her twelfth book, The Broken Path, this October. For more information, please visit http://www.ALL.org or call 540-659-4171.

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