Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women (after lung cancer).It isn’t an exaggeration to say that almost all of us know someone who has been affected by this devastating disease and want to do what we can to raise awareness and help find a cure. As the Susan G. Komen “Race for a Cure” makes its way into St. Louis, MO this weekend, pro-lifers should keep a few things in mind:
1) Public records indicate that Susan G. Komen for the Cure (“Komen”) affiliates (Missouri is not among them) provided grants to local Planned Parenthood chapters for breast health care services as recently as 2009.
Though Komen’s grants were for breast health care services, Planned Parenthood (the largest single abortion provider in the country) stated in its 2007-2008 annual report that 31,729 fewer breast exams and 15,560 more abortions were provided in 2007 than in 2006. Also, a recent undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood by the Los-Angeles based Live Action contradicts the claim that they perform mammograms: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aq0kBkUZbvQ
Donors cannot control how an organization designates its funds. Therefore, money donated for a specific service, i.e. breast health care, directly frees up funds to support other areas of an organization’s agenda, i.e. abortion services.
2. It is highly ironic that the Komen would support an organization that is probably responsible for thousands of women’s deaths annually because of the link between abortion and breast cancer. The Komen website dismisses the link, but many peer-reviewed scientific studies demonstrate the statistical correlation between a previous abortion and a much higher risk of breast cancer in the future. Recent studies include those of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Joel Brind, Ph.D., a professor of Endocrinology and founder of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, and the work of Dr. Janet Daling, a leading cancer epidemiologist. Daling, a pro-choice advocate, said, “I would have loved to have found no association between breast cancer and abortion, but our research is rock solid, and our data is accurate. It’s not a matter of believing, it’s a matter of what is.”
3. Finally, Komen endorses embryonic stem cell research (ESCR), which requires the destruction of embryonic human life, stating that, “embryonic stem cells are currently considered to have the most potential for use in the regeneration of diseased or injured tissues” for cancer stem cell research. The destruction of human life at any stage of development is never morally acceptable and ESCR is also unnecessary since adult stem cell research has a proven record of cures and treatments.
The patients and families who are victims of this terrible illness remain in our prayers and we encourage all pro-lifers to focus on breast cancer awareness and prevention by spreading the word about and avoiding unnecessary risk factors like elective abortion and supporting some alternative organizations, like the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, that are dedicated to breast cancer awareness without giving money to those who destroy life and endanger women.