PARENTHOOD & SUSAN G. KOMEN
February 23, 2011
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, now Susan G. Komen
for the Cure, was launched by Nancy Goodman Brinker in response to
a promise she made her dying sister, Susan Goodman Komen, to do
everything she could to eradicate breast cancer. Her sister died
in 1980 at the age of 36.
Every October (breast cancer awareness month) becomes the
push for donations to Susan G. Komen. Last October I wanted to buy
on sale at a local department store and unless I gave $1.00 to
Komen for every discount coupon (I needed five), I couldn’t get
the sale price. It reminded me of the corporate offices I’d
worked for that had pushed for 100% participation in
donations. The upper management would actually harass you to give
and wanted deductions from your paychecks! I would give one penny,
that way they could say they got 100% donations, but it still
irritated me. We all
have a right to choose to refuse!
The reason I won’t give to Susan G. Komen is simple. For
years pro-lifers like me have opposed contributing to SGK because
it not only denies that induced abortions may cause breast cancer,
it also bestows financial grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates
allegedly for breast cancer screening. Planned Parenthood claims
their community grants are restricted and closely monitored to
provide vital breast health education, screening and treatment
services for underserved women. But for every dollar Komen donates
to Planned Parenthood, another dollar from another source is freed
up to promote and perform abortion. Since the Susan G. Komen
Foundation began giving grants to Planned Parenthood, purportedly
for breast health services, the number of women receiving breast
health services from Planned Parenthood has decreased. According
to Planned Parenthood’s 2003-2004 Annual Report, abortions
increased by 14,000 in 2002-2003, which breast exams decreased by
more than 141,000. We have now reached the ungodly number of over
53 million aborted babies. How can we expect God to bless our
nation when we kill the innocents in the womb and the elderly in
their sick beds?
Between 2004 and 2009, SGK affiliates gave $3.3 million to
Planned Parenthood. In Fiscal Year 2009 alone, Planned Parenthood
got $731,303 from SGK. It really doesn’t matter the amount
inasmuch as anyone that believes in choosing life as God’s Word
states, (Deut.30:19) and are trying to save people with a disease
like breast cancer, don’t want any part of their monies going to
an organization that funds abortion providers.
SGK seems to speak out of both sides of their mouths. Their
website states that childbearing protects women from breast
cancer, and the more children a mother bears and the younger she
begins bearing them the better. They also acknowledge breast
feeding protects against breast cancer. Abortion however, blocks
all those preventative measures. It has even been found that
breast cancer survivors lower their risk of dying by 42% simply by
getting pregnant, but again, abortion blocks that protection. SGK
acknowledges never having children increases a women’s risk of
getting breast cancer, and delaying childbearing, particularly
after 35, also increases the risk. Abortion increases the risk of
both those risks.
Eric Winer, the chief scientific advisor for Susan G. Komen
for the Cure believes the Planned Parenthood criticisms are
unfounded. He states a relationship with two Catholic ethicists,
Ron Hamel and Michael Panicola, both Ph.D.’s. Winer claims these
men examined the moral implications of SGK’s funding and
concluded it was permissible for the church to be involved with
Komen in light of its funding of Planned Parenthood. But get this,
the Hamel/Panicola opinion, published on the now infamous, pro-Obamacare
Health Association’s website, is really a piece of work. It
reads like the letters you receive from your congress critters
that answer none of your questions and talk totally around the
issue and then thank you for your interest.
SGK will argue there is no concrete evidence that abortion
contributes to breast cancer and now statistics even show that
early use of hormone contraception also contributes to breast
cancer just as hormone replacement therapy has been found to do.
Eric Winer has also dismissed the proven link between abortion and
breast cancer even though there are many studies and clinical
professionals who agree, including Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., who
writes in a Breast
Cancer Prevention Institute brochure, “The later in
pregnancy an abortion is done, the higher the risk of breast
cancer as the more Type 1 and 2 lobules will have formed. Induced
abortion leaves a woman with more places for breast cancer to
Karen Malec, spokesperson for the Coalition on
Abortion/Breast Cancer says Komen does not tell women the truth
that abortion increases breast cancer risk in three ways:
1. By delaying a first full term pregnancy (a risk
recognized by all experts) the woman loses her chance to mature
85% of her cancer-susceptible breast lobules into full cancer
resistant lobules at a younger age. Full maturity takes place
throughout the last months of pregnancy.
2. Almost all of the childless women’s
breast lobules are cancer–susceptible Type 1 and 2 lobules. Up
to 95% of all breast cancers arise in these lobules. The breasts
grow during pregnancy because of an increase of estrogen which is
a cancer causing agent, thereby causing the lobules to multiply.
The woman who aborts before lobule maturation is completed is left
with more places in her breasts for cancers to start.
lists abortion as a risk factor for premature birth…and
premature birth before 32 weeks gestation increases the
mother’s breast cancer risk.. Through the abortion-premature
birth link, the woman is left with more places in her breasts for
cancers to start.
Even Komen states on its own website that a large analysis
that combined results of many studies found that while women were
taking birth-control pills (and shortly thereafter), they had a 10
to 30 percent higher risk of breast cancer than women who had
never taken birth control pills.
As for the emergency contraceptive pill, which contains
10-15 times the amount of artificial hormones as a single
birth-control pill, its labeling states it is contraindicated if
one has a current or past history of breast cancer. In fact it
appears hormonal contraceptives are more seriously implicated in
breast cancer than previously known.
A 2009 study published in Cancer
Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention showed that the risk for
women under 40 of contracting a newly identified and virulent form
of the disease called triple-negative breast cancer rose by 320%
if using hormonal contraceptives for a year or more.”
This same study
co-authored in part by two of the very National Cancer Institute
researchers who in 2003 denied a link between abortion and
breast cancer, also acknowledged a 40% increased risk of
contracting breast cancer under the age of 40 if a woman had had
Karen Malek says, “Komen perpetuates the breast cancer
epidemic by giving funds to Planned Parenthood. As a seller of
hormonal contraceptives and abortions, Planned Parenthood is the
primary cause of the breast cancer epidemic.”
Although the funds are
supposedly intended for breast cancer screenings, Komen has no way
of ensuring that the funds are used exclusively for that purpose
instead of its cancer-causing activities.
Several of the Catholic dioceses have withdrawn their
support for Komen for these reasons as well as Komen’s
endorsement of experiments on embryonic humans.
Other SGK Connections to
A pro-lifer in
discovered on Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest’s (PPGNW)
IRS 990 forms that it has held a 12.5% share in Metro Centre, a
since 2006. PPGNW is
’s largest abortion provider and is currently under
investigation for Medicaid fraud. Metro Centre is owned by Eric
Brinker who is the son of Nancy Goodman Brinker, the founder of
SGK. Eric also sits on SGK’s board. Brinker claimed the 12.5%
Planned Parenthood inherited from one of the original
stockholders, but they’ve never sold their shares.
Brinker also states that only
“20 of Komen’s 122
affiliates fund breast health services through local Planned
Parenthood clinics.” But what is interesting is two of those 20,
Komen Puget Sound and Komen Boise, fund Brinker’s business
Komen Board Members and
Nancy Brinker, founder of SGK 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
in 1982, and was a friend of Margaret Sanger, the founder of
Eve Sanchez-Silver, former SGK Foundation National
Hispanic/Latina Advisory Council member, resigned after
discovering the connection between the Komen Foundation and
Lisa 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.
Monica Leonard of the Sacramento Valley Susan G. Komen
Affiliate had a prior job at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate and
Komen lists this on their Sacramento Affiliate website.
Philadelphia Komen Affiliate Board Member John Briggs has
also served on the advisory board for Planned Parenthood.
The form 990 for Susan G. Komen
for the cure is at
this website. How many miles do those thousands of volunteers
need to "walk for the cure" just to meet the payroll of
the Executive Board? If you add up the 2009 annual compensation
(salary & benefits) listed on page 59 for 17 employees, the
grand total is $3,859,117.00. You do the math.
In Support of Each OtherPlanned Parenthood of North Texas gave an award to the
co-chair of the Ft. Worth Race for the Cure.
Planned Parenthood of North Texas thanked the Susan G.
Komen Foundation Collin and Tarrant County Affiliates in their
newsletter for granting Planned Parenthood of North Texas $46,430
Planned Parenthood of Southeast Michigan formed a team for
the Susan G. Komen Detroit Race for Cure.
Susan G. Komen Colorado Springs Affiliate hosted a health fair
where they included “health partners” Planned Parenthood.
Susan G. Komen lists the local Planned Parenthood Health
Centers as a resource on most of their affiliate websites and vice
Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood are both involved in
the Texas Medical Center Women’s Health Network.
Planned Parenthood of Southeast Michigan participated in
the Susan G. Komen Lee National Denim Day in 2001.
Planned Parenthood of Lubbock is listed as a sponsor of the
Race for the Cure in 1998 and 1999.
Eugenics or Cure?
Planned Parenthood over the years has stated in their
literature such things as the elimination of child care, medical
attention, scholarships, housing, loans, and subsidies to poor
families. It has openly stated maternity benefits should be
drastically reduced or even eliminated, substantial
across-the-board marriage and child taxes being imposed, and large
families not being given preferential charitable relief. Saying
Planned Parenthood is an advocate for the poor is an outright lie.
For Susan G. Komen to lead people to believe poor women are
getting breast exams at Planned Parenthood and not being
propagandized by their programs is ludicrous. Planned Parenthood
is instead a great oppressor and exploiter of the poor. Its
image-conscious rhetoric of compassion is Orwellian doublespeak.
It is not involved primarily in “family planning,” but is
instead involved in “family banning.”
Finally and most importantly, Planned Parenthood is by no
means privately funded. The truth is, a vast proportion of Planned
Parenthood’s funding at every level, from the local level to the
international level, comes right out of the American taxpayer’s
pockets. It has become for all intents and purposes an unofficial,
and thus unrestrained and unrestricted branch of the federal
government and part of the population control plan. See this link
There was a recent expose of a Planned Parenthood affiliate
aiding a pimp’s underage sex ring. The organization that put
this on YouTube is a group of young pro-lifers called LiveAction.
Live Action has audio from phone calls to Planned
Parenthood in various states that agree to take donations that
specifically target donating to fund aborting black babies. The
caller says there are too many blacks and he wants to reduce the
minority population. Planned Parenthood agrees that he just needs
to specify that on his donation and they will honor his request.
Dr. Alveda King, pro-life advocate and niece of Dr. Martin
Luther King, has kind words for Live Action group and takes issue
with Susan G. Komen’s statements that there’s no conclusive
proof abortion causes breast cancer. She states, “Giving Planned
Parenthood money is part of an insidious cycle. Breast cancer is
linked to abortions, Planned Parenthood gives abortions and then
they turn around and give you mammograms, ‘We are going to give
you breast cancer then we are going to turn around and let you
know that you have it, and then we are going to get with this
great organization and raise money to treat it,’” she said.
I hope this article reaches enough pro-lifers that
they’ll understand funding Susan G. Komen is working against
God’s command to CHOOSE LIFE! And yes, there are other groups
collecting funds for breast cancer research that have no
connections to pro-abort groups.
Finally, let me end from some words sent to me by a dear
friend who lives because her mother’s abortion failed. She is
one of the finest Christian women I’ve ever had the pleasure of
She wrote the following words to me:
“Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the
workers of iniquity. For they shall be cut down like the grass,
and wither as the green herb.” Ps. 37:1-2
need to appropriate such promises to ourselves in times such as
these when the continuing headlines night and day are of one
calamity or threat after another. Unless we had the unchangeable
Word of God to cling to we would have long ago given into the
pressures all around us, but history proves that what He has said
He will do. We could greatly expedite His promises by daily
praying for faith to trust Him more, realizing that the day is
coming when He will reign supreme and all those who have walked in
His steps. Not only will we be strengthened for the rest of the
journey, but we will give increased courage to those whose eyes
are upon us as those who profess to be followers of the one true
God and Christ. Remain faithful. It is the only way to live and
not simply exist.”
2- Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer
3- Bioethics Defense Fund
5- The Daily Caller
6- Grand Illusions: The Legacy of Planned
Parenthood by George Grant
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