Questions about the Susan G. Komen Foundation's donations to abortion provider Planned Parenthood, the controversy of the abortion-breast cancer link, and more lousy Wikipedia coverage
(Posted by Bryana Joy on October 11, 2011)
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Susan G. Komen Foundation is busy plastering pink ribbons on grocery items and billboards all over the country. The foundation raises millions of dollars annually through donations from others who share their stated vision of a “world without breast cancer,” but some have recently raised questions about the appropriateness of Komen giving big bucks to the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
In the 2009/2010 fiscal year, the Susan G. Komen foundation donated over 600,000 dollars to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. What does Planned Parenthood have to do with breast cancer? Well, you know, mammograms. Planned Parenthood provides mammograms for low-income women, right?
Wrong. Here’s the response that a Live Action actor got when she called 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 different states to ask about mammograms:
Physicians for Life explains:
NO PLANNED PARENTHOOD ON THE PLANET PROVIDES MAMMOGRAM SERVICES.
Why? Because they can’t. Planned Parenthood is a level one breast service provider. What does that mean? It simply means that Planned Parenthood clinics are ONLY allowed to provide manual breast exams. You know, the kind you do in the shower. The kind you can get from any nurse or physician in any clinic.
[PP] cannot provide any sort of diagnostic services…no biopsies, no breast ultrasounds, AND no mammograms. That is the truth. That is a FACT.
So no, it’s not mammograms. Nevertheless, Planned Parenthood does have a connection to breast cancer. What is it? Well, it’s abortion. Did you know that many scientists believe abortion raises a woman’s chance of contracting breast cancer by 30%? It’s a fact that abortion providers like the Planned Parenthood Federation of America don’t want you to know.
Kathy Ostrowski wrote an excellent and compelling scientific piece on the controversial issue of the Abortion-Breast Cancer link over at Lifenews.com yesterday. She breaks down the issue into simple terms so that the most uninformed layman can understand the connection. I consider this article a must-read for anyone who is truly interested in being intellectually honest about the issue of breast cancer.
“At my mammogram last week, I was asked a series of questions as part of the exam…”
"I was asked:
1. at what age did my period begin and menopause begin;
2. how many pregnancies did I have;
3. how many children were living;
4. had I ever used oral contraceptives or post-menopausal hormones.
That is because any honest expert understands that breast cancer is largely an ‘estrogen’ story, and the questions all reflect that.
She then goes on to explain, in concise and accessible terminology, the medical reasons behind the theory of the abortion-breast cancer link.
Estrogen surges at puberty, decreases at menopause, and rises 2000% above monthly peaks during each pregnancy except during nearly all pregnancies that naturally miscarry in the first trimester. Estrogen is also affected by birth-control and menopausal hormonal regimens.
Estrogen multiplies breast cells and breast cells are vulnerable to cancer-causing agents until they mature by having become milk-producing cells. This is why the World Health Organization has taught for over 50 years that the first, full-term birth gives the mother the strongest life-long protection from breast cancer.
The carefully-posed question #3 about living children is supposed to deduce the number of miscarriages and induced abortions. They are not the same biological events.
Miscarriages in the first trimester are predominantly due to a lack of estrogen, and thus do not increase breast cells. Later -term natural miscarriages and induced abortions (in all stages) end the pregnancy, but they leave the mother with MORE un-matured (cancer-vulnerable) breast cells than she had before pregnancy.
Although lowering one’s statistical risk of breast cancer is not a reason to become pregnant, it sure is information pertinent to remaining pregnant. In fact, breast surgeon Dr. Angela LanFranchi writes,
'It amounts to child abuse to take a teenager in a crisis pregnancy for an abortion. At best, it will give her a 30% risk of breast cancer in her lifetime. At worst, if she also has a family history of breast cancer, it will nearly guarantee this. As a mother, I need to be informed of this to protect my daughter.' "
Sadly for women and young girls at risk, this issue is so emotionally charged for so many that objective research seems to have been neglected. Many big-time information sources refuse to acknowledge the possibility of a link between abortion and breast cancer. Wikipedia states,
The Susan G. Komen organization allows its affiliates to award grants to Planned Parenthood and other clinics. This partnership has garnered criticism from some pro-life advocates because Planned Parenthood also provides abortion and birth control services. More recent studies reported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes for Heath show that there are no links between breast cancer and abortion. Komen says its affiliates provide funds for screening, education and treatment programs in dozens of communities in which Planned Parenthood is the only place that poor, uninsured or under- insured women can receive these services.
While the author of this encyclopedia piece attempts to come across as objective, they neglect to add that the issue is hardly cut and dried and that there is debate within the established scientific community concerning the abortion-breast cancer link. The Association of American Physicians
and Surgeons states that,
While there is a difference of medical opinion concerning the abortion breast cancer link, there is a considerable volume of evidence supporting this link, which is, moreover, highly plausible. We believe that a reasonable person would want to be informed of the existence of this evidence before making her decision.
An article entitled, "The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link: How Politics Trumped Science and Informed Consent," was published by the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons.
Many other medical organizations, including the National Physicians Center for Family Resources , the Polycarp Research Institute, the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, and the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, also recognize that abortion raises a woman's risk for breast cancer.
The Komen Foundation, doubtless realizing that many potential donors were being scared away by the fact that the foundation funds an abortion provider, issued a statement explaining their relationship with Planned Parenthood. Among other things, they said:
Under no circumstances are Komen funds used to fund abortions or other non-breast services…
The fact that anyone would actually swallow this story leaves me truly despondent, but the American Life League has already debunked this popular misconception so eloquently that I’ll allow them to take the stage for a moment:
To conclude, there is one really big reason to think twice about donating to the Susan G. Komen foundation – even if you’re pro-choice: it just doesn’t seem appropriate for a fundraising group dedicated to eradicating breast cancer to give money to an organization performing surgeries that may be linked to breast cancer.
Especially since that organization doesn’t even provide mammograms in the first place.
For Further Reading:
Check out the research compiled by the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer
National Cancer Institute Researcher Admits Abortion Breast Cancer Link
Helpful links and articles on the Abortion-Breast Cancer Link and Pink Money foundations like Komen for the Cure
Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., writes about The Reasons Hormonal Contraceptives and Induced Abortion Increase Breast-Cancer Risk