October is breast cancer awareness month. For me this has never been a significant issue, nor has it been one that I ever spent a lot of time thinking about it. It has become a significant issue in our family since our daughter’s birth mother passed away in April of 2009 from breast cancer. And we have become friends with a family who knows all too well the angry face of cancer. And so for them, we have become aware and opened our eyes to the need for research funding for this. We have supported, and will continue to support organizations that fund this type of research…except for one. Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.
I am pro life. I’m not ashamed to say that I have learned through experience, forgiveness, grace and mercy, that abortion is never the right choice. I cannot, and will not knowingly support any organization that funnels funding to an abortion mill. Susan G. Komen for the Cure® does just that. On their website, they state this:
“…while Komen Affiliates provide funds to pay for screening, education and treatment programs in dozens of communities, in some areas, the only place that poor, uninsured or under-insured women can receivve these services are through programs run by Planned Parenthood.
As long as there is a need for health care for these women, we will continue to fund the facilities that meet that need.”
Planned Parenthood, too, acknowledges funding from Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. A quick scan of the internet reveals Boise and Austin area facilities that openly name Komen for funding. I’m sure there are more, and I saw all I needed to see when I did that search.
Komen states that they audit the facilities where there money goes to insure it is used for the purposes stated by Komen. And I’m sure they are well intended in that practice too. But Planned Parenthood have become masters at hiding what they do. Everyone knows that they provide abortions, and some other woman’s health care needs. But I think what is important to remember is that their primary focus, the one that brings in the money for them, is abortion. Any service they provide to the community is done to justify their existence, and allow the horrific act of abortion to continue. Here is part of an article about Abby Johnson, a former PP director,
“Johnson worked at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bryan, Texas, for nine years, first as a volunteer and then as the director. Her duties included running the family planning and abortion programs. The clinic performed abortions two days a month.
Although she had originally been happy at her job, Johnson slowly grew to question “the motives of the organization,” she said, particularly because her superiors were “pushing clinics that did have an abortion program to bring in more money.”
So, here is my concern: How can an organization that claims to provide health care, and potentially life saving diagnostic testing for women, have a primary goal of death to unborn children? The contradiction here, to me, is clear. How can you claim to want to save life, and take life away at the same time? Susan G. Komen for the Cure® is funding an organization that is engaged in taking the lives of the very human beings that could someday have discovered the cure for the cancer that they are looking to extinguish!
My daughter is determined to raise awareness of breast cancer at the tender age of 9. I will support her, and help her in any way that I can. Most breast cancers are curable cancers if found early, and so yes, please, do what you can to support organizations that provide early screenings. Drop a dollar now and then for breast cancer research. But think carefully about what organizations you choose to associate your money with. Do a little research for yourself, and make sure your dollars are going where you want them to go. Because even the best intended donation can be lost in the sea of abortion. Any monies donated to Komen that are funneled to Planned Parenthood only serve to prolong the existence of Planned Parenthood, and when you take away the front, the non-money making services (birth control, education, etc.) what you have is an abortion mill. The last thing I ever want to do is to allow my daughter to think that it’s ok for anyone to have an abortion. How can I allow her then to support it?