CCHD Grant from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops now supporting big-box abortion shop
Washington, DC—A community partner of Planned Parenthood has received a grant from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), according to the most recent investigative report by the Lepanto Institute. In 2011, Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts filed a Title X family planning application, listing the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center (CNC) as a community partner. The CNC was given $35,000 by the CCHD for fiscal year 2014-2015, despite multiple assurances that the CCHD would curtail and end support for organizations opposed to Catholic teaching.
“Catholic money must never find its way into the hands of those who would ally themselves with America’s number one abortion chain,” said Michael Hichborn, president of the Lepanto Institute. “CCHD grants have betrayed Catholic hearts once before, but this time, because of the nature and amount of the grant, this particular betrayal is an outrageous breach of faith.”
The Lepanto Institute’s profile of the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center (CNC) reveals a number of violations of CCHD grant guidelines. In addition to being a community partner with Planned Parenthood, a presentation on teen pregnancy created by CNC’s youth outreach director recommends abortion shop, Planned Parenthood, as a resource for teens, especially if they are afraid of talking to their parents. The report also shows CNC as participants in a program that promotes condom use, which is a violation of both Catholic moral teaching and the new and supposedly enforced CCHD grant guidelines.
CCHD grant guidelines stipulate that organizations which “promote activities that contradict the moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church … are not eligible for CCHD funding.”
“Once again, either the CCHD is complicit or incompetent,” said Hichborn. “Until these organizations stop betraying Catholic donors, the CCHD is unworthy of support.”