By now you have read about the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision earlier this week to defund Planned Parenthood, and the “clarification” it issued today that only further muddied the waters. No matter what happens in the days to come, please understand that first and foremost, Komen’s decision was not based on some epiphany about how evil Planned Parenthood is, nor was it a sudden realization that Planned Parenthood is bad for women’s health.
The original defunding decision was based on the fact that Planned Parenthood is under investigation, both on the federal and state level. The second reason was that Komen has changed its criteria for giving grants and Planned Parenthood no longer fits the bill.
The Catholic News Agency interviewed me about the defunding decision. Here’s an excerpt from that article:
“Janet Morana, who co-founded the Silent No More Awareness Campaign to help post-abortive women, appreciates Komen’s decision but told CNA that ‘it’s a little too soon to be writing checks’ to the cancer charity.
Morana would like to see Komen take a stronger position on the link between abortion and breast cancer. She said Komen’s previous Planned Parenthood grants were “nonsensical” and akin to “the American Lung Association donating to a tobacco manufacturer.”
The cancer charity takes the position that evidence “does not support a link between abortion and breast cancer,” but Komen acknowledges that “some case-control studies have suggested abortion may increase the risk” of the disease.
But Morana says an “uncanny” number of post-abortive women have suffered from the condition. She shares the view of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, which describes abortion as “the single most avoidable risk factor for breast cancer.”
You can read the whole article here: http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/komens-planned-parenthood-decision-prompts-tentative-pro-life-praise/
So now what should we, as pro-lifers, do as we wait to see what happens next in the defunding saga?
I suggest we press hard and educate Komen on the abortion-breast cancer (ABC) link. The organization behind the ubiquitous pink ribbon and the “Race for the Cure,” should be out front teaching Americans the ABCs about abortion and breast cancer.
Komen should be warning women of the fact that having an abortion puts them at a greater risk for breast cancer. They should be adding abortion to their list of risk factors. So let’s not sit on the sidelines wishing Komen would get it – let’s pick up our pens or boot up our laptops and start writing letters to Komen, both on the national and local level.
For the first time in a long time, Americans are thinking about Planned Parenthood (abortion) and Susan G. Komen (breast cancer) at the same time. We cannot miss this opportunity to spread the word that for millions of women, abortion causes breast cancer.
Click on this link to get the best contact info for Komen: http://ww5.komen.org/Contact.aspx