Ohio Bishop Bans Parishes And Catholic School Breast Cancer Donations Over Planned Parenthood Contributions

Last week, Catholic Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo Ohio ordered parishes and parochial schools to stop any fundraising efforts on behalf of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the well-known breast cancer research foundation behind “Race for the Cure.” The move was as surprising to the Susan G. Komen Ohio affiliate as the reasons behind it. The Bishops of Ohio banned donations because the Foundation may “someday” fund embryonic stem cell research (though it does not do so currently) and is a “contributor to Planned Parenthood, which, though it may claim to provide needed medical services to poor women, is also the largest provider of abortions in our country.” Thus “to avoid even the possibility of cooperation in morally unacceptable activities,” Blair says all Catholic fundraising efforts are to stop. While the Archibishop of Cincinnati, OH issued a similar ban earlier this year, this is the first ban supported by all four Bishops of Ohio.