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1/3/2011 10:38:00 AM
Eugene agency to refuse United Way funds
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Women hold babies at a Catholic Community Services residence in Eugene.
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Women hold babies at a Catholic Community Services residence in Eugene.

EUGENE — Catholic Community Services of Lane County will no longer accept money from United Way . That's because the secular charity clearing house also funds Planned Parenthood.

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Portland made a similar decision more than a decade ago in Portland.

Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon, though it says it does not offer surgical abortions, recently began offering RU-486, a drug that terminates a pregnancy, taking a nascent life.

Planned Parenthood has eight centers in Southwest Oregon and dispenses RU-486 in Eugene and Ashland.  

Archbishop John Vlazny advised the Catholic Community Services board to tell United Way about the objections to funding the nation's largest abortion provider.

United Way chose to continue funding Planned Parenthood, so the Catholic Community Services board voted to unlink itself for moral reasons.

That will leave a gap in the budget of Catholic Community Services, which provides food, housing, education, utility aid and other services to people in need.  

United Way says it also sends funds to St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County to support aid to people who are homeless and poor.

The Archdiocese of Portland spokesman, Bud Bunce, says the archdiocese expects St. Vincent de Paul to refuse United Way funds as well.

This fall, the Archdiocese of Portland's Catholic Campaign for Human Development decided against renewing a grant for the newspaper Street Roots after the journal began giving out a guide that included Planned Parenthood as one of the listings.

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