The reasons I will not be participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is the Subject of this Big B File.
You hear all the time about the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and why you should participate in it. You hear it from the Ancient Media (Local and National), most employers, nonprofit groups, etc. about how such a wonderful thing it is to support the organization. The Big B Files will now tell you why I will not be participation in the race nor supporting the organization anytime soon.
My reasons involve three stances that Susan G. Komen for the Cure has taken in support of three things that the Big B Files finds morally objectionable and reprehensible which includes the organization’s denial of a very important medical link. The Big B Files also refers you to the St. Louis Catholic Archdiocese statement on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The first stance that Susan G. Komen for the Cure has taken in support of that the Big B Files objects to is the organization’s support of (Vocally and financially) Planned Parenthood, the single largest abortion Provider (Mill) in the United States. In fact, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has had a longstanding association and collaboration with Planned Parenthood. Just take a look at the following (courtesy of lifeissues.org):
- Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, has served on the advisory board of Planned Parenthood of Dallas. In 2003, Planned Parenthood received a record $475,000 from Susan G. Komen affiliates all across the nation, and Planned Parenthood of Dallas built a new facility costing $5 million dollars. Nancy Brinker received the Gertrude Shelburne Humanitarian Award from Planned Parenthood of North Texas in 1996. Gertrude Shelburne established Planned Parenthood in Dallas in 1982, and was a friend of Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned.
- Linda Custard, current member of the Susan G. Komen Foundation National Board of Directors, is pictured and listed in the Planned Parenthood of North Texas newsletter as a donor.
- Susan G. Komen lists the local Planned Parenthood Health Centers as a resource on most of their affiliate websites and vice versa. Of the 50 states in the U.S., at least 22 states have Komen affiliates which grant money Planned Parenthood or other abortion clinics. Alaska, Rhode Island and North Dakota have no Susan G. Komen affiliates, leaving only 25 states with Susan G. Komen affiliates who have no public records of grants Planned Parenthood.
- Representatives of six affiliates who did not give grants to Planned Parenthood reported the reasons as there being no local Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood did not apply for a grant or they did not have a Race for the Cure.
- Susan G. Komen affiliates have repeatedly given money to family planning clinics which provide “emergency contraception,” otherwise known as the morning-after pill. “Emergency contraception” may not prevent conception in some cases, but instead cause an abortion.
According to LifeNews, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization told a Pro-life person who raised objections to the organization giving grants to Planned Parenthood that “Recent questions have arisen regarding a limited number of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® community grants to Planned Parenthood breast health programs, specifically those designed to provide screening mammograms for vulnerable populations, e.g., low-income and uninsured women. . . . Currently, 19 Komen for the Cure Affiliates award 19 local grants specifically to Planned Parenthood-sponsored programs in their communities to pay for breast cancer education and breast screenings.” However, The pro-life group Live Action has found that this is not true by a long shot. Just read the following:
“A series of new undercover phone calls reveals that contrary to the claims of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and other supporters of the nation’s largest abortion chain, the organization does not provide mammograms for women.
In the tapes, a Live Action actor calls 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 different states, inquiring about mammograms at Planned Parenthood. Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells her she will have to go elsewhere for a mammogram, and many clinics admit that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide this breast cancer screening procedure. “We don’t provide those services whatsoever,” admits a staffer at Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Health Center clinic in Overland Park, KS explains to the caller, “We actually don’t have a, um, mammogram machine, at our clinics.”.
– Live Action.com (March 30th, 2011, 4:35 am)
The second stance that Susan G. Komen for the Cure has taken in support of that the Big B Files objects to is the organization’s support of embryonic stem cell research. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization in its Fall 2006 Newsletter Frontline says in its support of Embryonic Stem Cell Research “Embryonic stem cells (derived from embryos that develop from eggs that have been fertilized in vitro and then donated for research purposes) have the potential to give rise to many different types of tissue. Because of this, embryonic stem cells are currently considered to have the most potential for use in the regeneration of diseased or injured tissues. Another potential role is providing a better understanding of cancer development. “. According to the St Louis Archdiocese…..
“Komen endorses embryonic stem cell research, 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.7 The destruction of human life at any stage of development is never morally acceptable. Embryonic stem cell research is also unnecessary since adult stem cell research has a proven record of cures and treatments.
Based on these documented facts, the Respect Life Apostolate (RLA) does not endorse Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The RLA encourages you to contact Susan G. Komen for the Cure (5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250 ▪ Dallas, TX 75244) and call for an end to all associations between Komen affiliates and Planned Parenthood, for support of further studies on the link between breast cancer and abortion, and for an end to the endorsement of research that leads to the destruction of any human life. Our hope is that the Komen Foundation will focus all funds on research to find causes and cures for breast cancer and refuse to give financial or other support to any abortion provider or organization that promotes the destruction of human life.”
– St. Louis Archdiocese | Position Statement on Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Issued 7 June 2006; Revised 4 June 2010; Re-issued April 11, 2011
The Catholic Dioceses of Little Rock, Phoenix, and Charleston have also expressed their concern regarding Susan G. Komen for the Cure and its support for Planned Parenthood. The third stance that Susan G. Komen for the Cure has taken in support of that the Big B Files objects to is the organization’s denial of the documented link between abortion and Breast Cancer. They have repeatedly denied the existence between abortion and Breast Cancer, which has been documented in a number of studies, including the study Risk of breast cancer among white women following induced abortion conducted by Dr. Janet Daling et.al. in August 1996 by the Division of Public Health Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA and commissioned by the National Cancer Institute found that the risk of breast cancer in those with a prior induced abortion was 20% higher than that in women with no history of abortion (95% confidence interval 1.0-1.5). As the Absrtact for the Study says….
Some studies (but not all) have suggested that there may be an increase in the risk of breast cancer associated with a prior induced abortion. The risk, if present, may vary according to the duration of the pregnancy in which the abortion occurred, or to a woman’s age or parity at that time. The authors conducted a case-control study of breast cancer in white women under age 45 years to address the question of breast cancer risk in relation to induced abortion, with the intention of identifying subgroups of women who might be at particularly increased risk. White women who were diagnosed with breast cancer (n = 1,302) from May 1, 1990, through December 31, 1992, in three geographic regions of the United States (Atlanta, Georgia; Seattle/Puget Sound, Washington; and five counties in central New Jersey) were interviewed about their reproductive histories, including the occurrence of induced abortion. Similar information was obtained from control women identified through random digit dialing. Logistic regression analysis was used to estimate the relative risk of breast cancer associated with a history of induced abortion, controlling for the potentially confounding influence of other breast cancer risk factors. Among women who had been pregnant at least once, the risk of breast cancer in those with a prior induced abortion was 20% higher than that in women with no history of abortion (95% confidence interval 1.0-1.5). This small increase in risk varied little according to number of abortions or a woman’s current age. The association was present primarily among nulliparous women whose abortions occurred prior to 9 weeks’ gestation (estimated relative risk = 2.0, 95% confidence interval 1.2-3.3). There was no excess risk of breast cancer associated with induced abortion among parous women. These data support the hypothesis that there may be a small increase in the risk of breast cancer related to a history of induced abortion among young women of reproductive age. However, the data from this study and others do not permit a causal interpretation at this time; neither do the collective results of the studies suggest that there is a subgroup of women in whom the relative risk associated with induced abortion is unusually high.
– Risk of breast cancer among white women following induced abortion
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, – Aug, 1996
And that’s the Big B File. Click on the comments link below and tell me what you think…. I’m Bryan Hewing.
Here are some links that you should check out in relation to the above Big B File:
Daling JR, Brinton LA, Voigt LF, Weiss NS, Coates RJ, Malone KE, Schoenberg JB, Gammon M, Risk of breast cancer among white women following induced abortion., American journal of epidemiology 144: 4, 373-80, Aug, 1996.
St. louis archdiocese | position statement on susan g. komen for the cure. (2011, April 11). Retrieved from http://archstl.org/respectlife/page/position-statement-susan-g-komen-cure
Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer , Initials. (2011). What commentators say about the cover-up. Retrieved from http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/coverup3.htm
Live Action, . (2011, March 30). Planned parenthood ceo’s false mammogram claim exposed [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://liveaction.org/blog/planned-parenthood-ceos-false-mammogram-claim-exposed/
Ertelt, Steven. (2011, April 11). Komen: planned parenthood doesn’t do mammograms with grants. LifeNews.com, Retrieved from http://www.lifenews.com/2011/04/18/komen-admits-planned-parenthood-grants-dont-get-women-mammograms/
Brind, J. (1999, August 24). Talk given to endeavour forum inc. at malvern on 24th august 1999. Retrieved from http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/Brind_Lecture.htm
Pope, Randy. (2011, May 20). Why does susan g. komen deny the link between abortion and breast cancer?. examiner.com, Retrieved from http://m.examiner.com/exAkron/db_/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=MtEXnUJI&full=true#display
Arkansas catholics asked to break ties with komen foundation. (2008, February 28). Catholic News Agency, Retrieved from http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/arkansas_catholics_asked_to_break_ties_with_komen_foundation/
Stanek, Jill. (2010, March 31). Planned parenthood deepens link to breast-cancer group. World Net Daily, Retrieved from http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=134729
Ertelt, Steven. (2010, October 10). Komen for the cure donated $730k to planned parenthood abortion biz in 2009. LifeNews.com, Retrieved from http://www.lifenews.com/2010/10/12/nat-6765/