Komen Cut Funds to Planned Parenthood Under Pressure from Catholic Bishops

Timothy Dolan, Cardinal-Archbishop of NY and President of the US. Conference of Catholic Bishops

According to a Reuters story published this afternoon, the decision by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure to end the charity’s donations to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening came in response to Bishops in several states ordered Catholic churches and schools not to donate to Komen. Yet, at the same time, Catholic Church-run organizations receive millions in funds from the breast cancer charity.

The earliest signs of discord came in 2005, when South Carolina’s Catholic diocese pulled out of the local Komen fundraiser. It was followed over the next four years by individual dioceses in Arizona, Indiana, Florida, Missouri and other states, where bishops either spoke out against Komen or took steps to stem donations to the charity, mainly because of its Planned Parenthood link.

The momentum picked up in 2011 when top Ohio clerics met in Columbus. High on their agenda was the question of whether the state’s nine dioceses should participate in Komen fundraisers.

Eleven Ohio Bishops agreed to ban all donations to Komen from the state’s Catholic schools and churches.

No Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio receive Komen money. But the bishops decided that diocese funds should no longer benefit the charity, for fear that money sent from local Komen affiliates to the Dallas headquarters could wind up in Planned Parenthood’s coffers or help fund research on stem cells collected from human fetuses, according to church officials….

The Ohio bishops would soon be joined by the North Dakota Catholic Conference, which cautioned its nearly 190,000 parishioners against donating to Komen. The charity’s officials in California also say they received their first request in two decades to meet with Catholic bishops, who expressed concern about Planned Parenthood but took no action.

According to Reuters, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops hasn’t been officially involved in these decisions, because they are made at the local level, but

Observers say the local bishops’ focus on Komen and other social issues reflects a larger conservative shift within the American church since New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan became chairman of the Conference in November 2010.

Under Dolan’s leadership, the conference last year set up a new ad hoc committee on religious liberty to oppose government policies that conflict with church teachings on abortion, contraception and gay marriage.

So now we know. When the Tea Party candidates swept into Congress in 2010, Dolan saw an opportunity to step up attacks on abortion, contraception, and therefore on women’s health generally. Yet at the same time, Catholic hospitals and universities accept millions in donations from Komen. These are the same organizations that are opposing the Obama administration’s ruling that health insurance plans must cover contraception without co-pays.

What a tangled web! But the one thing we know for sure is that the Catholic Bishops are using every available avenue to pursue their war on women.

9 Comments on “Komen Cut Funds to Planned Parenthood Under Pressure from Catholic Bishops”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Komon has cancelled their annual awards banquet, probably out of fear of protests. Instead they’re having an invitation only event with non-transferable tickets.

    • Minkoff Minx says:

      Great post BB, you know you beat a bunch of the blogs I follow…like RH Reality Check, they posted about this hours after I read yours here…

  2. northwestrain says:

    Many women get it — they now know that Komen is merely a front. I listened to a discussion how the crude treatment for breast cancer hasn’t changed much — more or less a slash/burn and poison. One of the women is what most would consider a “conservative” — and she mentioned how many millions Komen has raised and yet breast cancer seems to be increasing.

    So this “charity” for women’s health is giving millions to a male organization — the Catholic church. The bitches. pink bitches in tutus.

  3. dakinikat says:

    We have these tourist shops that sell these little recorders that when you push a button they say Cajun things. They call them Cajun in Your Pocket. Sounds like we’ve got Pope in Your Uterus these days.

    • Fannie says:

      We’ve pulled the plug on Komen, time to pull it on the catholic churches

      • northwestrain says:

        The red beanie guys are playing politics — so TAX the bastards.

        These red beanie guys are trying to turn the US into a Catholic strong hold — just like the other countries that keep their women producing children and as a result the poverty/death rates of mothers and children is off the charts.

        END the damned patriarchy — it isn’t healthy for males or females.

    • boogieman7167 says:

      northwestrain i agree if these biships or what ever they are are going to play poltics tax the pricks.

  4. janicen says:

    Very interesting. Thanks for this post, BB. Dolan has been fast tracked through the ranks of the Catholic Church because of his conservative views. The media loves him. I’ve seen him chuckling on the Today Show with Matt and Al like they’re old drinking buddies which, I’m sure they are!