Ohio’s Catholic bishops are steering local parishes and schools away from one of the nation’s leading breast cancer research groups, warning members that fundraising for the organization could indirectly support abortion and human embryonic stem cell research.

The Catholic Conference of Ohio last week posted a statement online outlining its concerns with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, particularly regarding ties to Planned Parenthood. The move followed a Toledo bishop’s decision to suspend donations to the group.

The conference made clear that “individual Catholics” can continue to contribute to Komen affiliates but said local Catholic institutions should steer clear.

“The Ohio bishops agreed to direct Catholic parishes and schools away from fundraising for Komen for the Cure and toward activities and organizations that are fully consistent with Catholic moral teaching,” the conference stated.

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