Thursday, February 28, 2008
USA TODAY reports that Catholics in the Diocese of Little Rock urged to stop making donations to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity, because the Foundation gave money to Planned Parenthood to hold breast exams and offer education to women in its clinics. In a statement, the Diocese states that "[d]onors cannot control how an organization designates its funds." As a consequence, "money donated to a specific service . . . directly frees up funds to support other areas of an organization's agenda." The Diocese expressed concern that the freed up money would be used to support the abortions and contraceptive services Planned Parenthood offers to its clients. A representative of the Komen Foundation said that less than one percent of the money raised by the Foundation went to Planned Parenthood, and the spokesperson further said, "I think it's just really unfortunate undue attention is being shed on organizations that are providing vital services in those communities." See USA TODAY for full article.