Saying no to Money for Moral Reasons

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January 3, 2011; Source: Catholic Sentinel | When is money too “dirty” to take? For a number of Catholic Groups in Oregon it is when Planned Parenthood is anywhere in the vicinity. In Eugene, Oregon, Catholic Community Services of Lane County which provides food, housing and utility aid to poor families has elected to withdraw itself as a recipient of United Way Funding because United Way also funds Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon does not offer surgical abortions, but it has recently begun apparently, in two locations, to distribute RU-486, a drug that terminates pregnancy.

Also a current United Way grantee, St. Vincent De Paul, like CCS, helps poor families. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Portland says that it expects St. Vincent De Paul to refuse United Way money as well.

This diocese apparently is playing hardball. This past fall, the Archdiocese’s Campaign for Human Development elected not to renew a grant to Street Roots, a journal “for those who cannot afford free speech” after it began to distribute a resource guide that included Planned Parenthood. What are your views on this?—Ruth McCambridge

  • Nancy Biberman

    Funds to provide women with information about contraception, the prevention of sexually-transmitted diseases, and, yes, the “morning after” pill is hardly “dirty” money.
    Women (especially very young women)too often are unable to persuade partners to use condoms.
    It is immoral to refuse women vital and life-saving information and treatment.
    Hopefully, the United Way will stand with freedom of speech and choice.

  • Kelly Kleiman

    If the diocese’s idea of “playing hardball” is refusing United Way funds for social services, that’s a shame for the clients who rely on those services but excellent for the other charities that depend on the United Way–including Planned Parenthood. Here as elsewhere the church chooses to comfort the comfortable and afflict the afflicted.

  • CJ Howat

    A life is a life. Mother Teresa said it best, “The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child, what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.” – Mother Teresa