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Monday, October 24, 2016

We Can’t Let Bishops Slow Down Race For The Cure

Last weekend, the Roman Catholic bishop in Toledo, Ohio, Leonard Blair, issued a letter banning parishes and parochial schools from raising money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

If you are surprised that anyone would do this to a group committed to finding a cure for breast cancer, you’re not alone.

Mary Westphal was stunned. She is the executive director of the bishop’s intended target, Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s northwest Ohio affiliate.

“I found out about it from the media and from friends,” she said in an interview Monday. “We did not get a copy of the letter from the diocese, nor did we have any conversation with the bishop before he made his decision.”

In a letter, the bishop expressed concern that Komen may one day fund embryonic stem cell research to find a cure for breast cancer.

Not now. But someday.

“For some time, moral questions have been raised from various quarters about the research funded by the Komen Foundation,” he wrote in his letter. “The Bishops of Ohio have discussed this and have looked into the matter. As best we can determine, at present the Komen Foundation does not fund cancer research that employs embryonic stem cells. However, their policy does not exclude that possibility.”

That’s true, spokeswoman Andrea Rader said in a phone call at Dallas headquarters. “We’re not funding any stem cell research now, but we don’t categorically rule it out. We are always looking to move the needle on research that, in the shortest amount of time, will find a cure for breast cancer.”

Every proposal, she said, is subject to rigorous review.

“We have a panel of 68 scientists and advocates who look at every proposal,” Rader said. No proposal for embryonic stem cell research has made the cut. Yet.

The bishop’s letter took a swipe at Planned Parenthood, too.

“(Susan G. Komen for the Cure is) also (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.”

The bishop’s letter illustrates why we must continue to repeat the facts: Ninety percent of Planned Parenthood’s patient services are preventive, primary care. This includes birth control, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and screenings for breast cancer.

For many poor and uninsured women, a Planned Parenthood clinic is the only option for this crucial care.

  • Myopinion

    We all know the challenges we face everyday living in this world. The Bishop and Diocese above everyone knows the repercussion of our fallen state and that cancer is an outcome of man’s fall from the grace of GOD. They also should know, that GOD has enabled doctors, scientists and researchers to pursue and find remedies that are on earth to seek out cures for our illnesses. Highly religious people should be careful that they do not judge others who are trying to show their love for mankind by seeking out remedies for our illnesses. Anything that would prolong the life of an individual to give them an opportunity to know GOD and a chance to attain salvation, I believe is in the will of GOD.

    However, when it comes to supporting organizations that suggest abortion or promote promiscuity, I believe is something GOD is not please with. All life comes from GOD. Organizations like Planned Parenthood should do everything humanly possible to promote abstinence among single people, and support a child’s right to live after conception. Because we live in a fallen world, where people are prong to give into desires of the flesh, providing information on protecting one’s self against diseases caused by intimate contact is a good thing. People should be encourage to not have abortions because all life is from GOD. I don’t see anything wrong with using embryonic stem cells after a child is born.

  • jwozniak

    The problem with the pro life movement is that its adherents grant more rights to a lump of cells in the womb than to life outside the womb. An example is a Tea Partier who mocked and devalued my dementia patient mother simply because she is no longer able to work. Or the strange people who believe they are morally justified in murdering an abortion provider and terrorizing his family. Or the politicians who so devalue the lives of grown women that they seek to ban abortion even to save her LIFE. This isn’t about life. This is about power. Theocratic power over people, like in Iran and Saudi Arabia. Sometimes I doubt my religion, even though I’m not Roman-rite.

  • rikersislandslim

    I am not a catholic, when I feel as if I haved sinned my confession and my plea for forgivness is to God not an intermeadiary not a church Father, monsignor, Bishop or Archbishop, Jesus said ask God for what you want in my name.