Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Out of all of the fall colors you see from the foliage, you may notice a bright color sticking out amongst the rest–pink! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As you may have noticed, everyday items in stores are marked with pink ribbons, signifying a donation to a breast cancer research foundation.
Among the most popular breast cancer research foundations is Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Created in 1982, the Susan G. Komen foundation has invested more than $1.9 billion the breast cancer awareness movement. Its advocacy has been supported generously with contributions from corporate sponsors and donations.
For many, Susan, G. Komen offers hope to those with breast cancer, but as Christians we should be concerned about where the foundation places its contributions.
According to LifeNews.com, just last year Susan G. Komen gave $700,000 to Planned Parenthood–the largest abortion provider in the country. The foundation released a statement in June 2011 saying “Komen funding is used exclusively to provide breast cancer programs, including clinical breast exams conducted by trained medical personnel.”
Further, the Susan G. Komen mission states that it is to ‘help save lives by increasing screening rates among all populations of women across the U.S. and around the world. As long as there is a need for health care for vulnerable populations, Komen will fund the facilities that can best meet those needs.’
While this seems like an appropriate response for those worried about where the money is going, Faith Driven Consumers still need to be concerned. Every time you buy something with the pink ribbon that gives proceeds to Susan G. Komen, you are helping fund a part of Planned Parenthood services.
Here are some quick facts about Planned Parenthood’s breast health services:
- Planned Parenthood does not offer mammograms.
- Planned Parenthood provides breast exams with a doctor.
- Planned Parenthood provides education/information about breast cancer: signs, treatments, etc.
- If the doctor feels a mammogram is necessary, they provide a referral.
Though Susan G. Komen for the Cure believes that giving to Planned Parenthood will provide women breast health services, Planned Parenthood is the primary provider of abortions.
Another philanthropic organization that also supports Planned Parenthood is United Way. While United Way is an organization dedicated to using community support to further the lives and common good of people, some United Way groups have donated to Planned Parenthood.
In a statement provided by United Way, it has taken a neutral position on the issue of abortion so as to not detract from the mission and goals of the organization. United Way maintains that the money does not go to fund or support abortions, but rather to help the well-being of the people through “community health maintenance, e.g. communicable disease prevention; medical care service; family planning; health education; public awareness services; and family preservation and strengthening services, e.g. counseling and family life education.”
While United Way may not directly support abortion services through Planned Parenthood, it is providing money to them in other ways which frees up Planned Parenthood’s resources to spend more toward abortion services.
Is giving to Planned Parenthood still justified in your mind?
Mother Teresa said, ‘America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts — a child — as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters.’
Some organizations are currently speaking out against Planned Parenthood and abortion. Lila Rose is president of Live Action, a youth-led, pro-life movement for human rights. Abby Johnson, a former employee at Planned Parenthood also speaks out against the organization in her book unPlanned. The National Black Pro-Life Coalition is an organization that wants to ‘end abortion by restoring a culture of Life and the Foundation of family in the black community.’
As Faith Driven Consumers, we need to speak out against giving to Planned Parenthood and support organizations that are advocating for the lives of the unborn. We encourage you to do some research and find breast cancer foundations that you believe are faith-friendly and give to organizations you can support.
Please look at our company reviews to see which companies are giving to United Way, Susan G. Komen or Planned Parenthood.