By Duff Dixon
ATLANTA (11Alive) - Roman Catholic organizations in the Atlanta region have been told to end their support for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure cancer charity.
In an internal memo disseminated Monday, October 1, 2012 to all parishes the Archdiocese of Atlanta gave credit to Komen for its work in finding a cure for breast cancer, but took issue with the foundation for a larger reason.
"The Archdiocese of Atlanta acknowledges the beneficial work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the area of breast cancer education screening, treatment, and programs for those in financial need. We are also aware of the concrens raised regarding grants given by some Komen affiliates to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider and promoter of abortion, a group whose goals and activities are in direct opposition to the teachings of the Catholic Church on the sanctity of human life."
While Komen has contributed money to Planned Parenthood on a national level, that is not the case in Atlanta. The local Komen affiliate has said it has never given funding to support Planned Parenthood Southeast. Komen officials said any decrease in funding impacts its ability to serve women.
Catholic officials said social media postings by the Komen affiliate in Atlanta made church officials think local members of the cancer charity were working behind the scenes to overturn a now-dropped ban on funding to Planned Parenthood.