Komen Foundation: Ideology vs. Women's Lives

Susan G. Komen Foundation: Putting Ideology Ahead of Women's Lives

An international women’s group denounced an anti-cancer organization, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, for having granted funds over the last few years to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, in spite of the fact that 27 out of 35 studies have demonstrated a positive association between abortion and breast cancer. In addition, scientists acknowledge that postponement of first full term pregnancy increases breast cancer risk. Refer to www.AbortionBreastCancer.com for further information.

The mission of the Susan G. Komen Foundation is to eradicate breast cancer, but chapters in Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas have all donated funds to their local Planned Parenthood associations. For example, in 1997 the Colorado Springs affiliate donated $71,900 for the purpose of breast cancer screening and detection, marketing, hospitality for meetings and worker salaries.

Evidence of this foundation’s love affair with Planned Parenthood can be found at these websites:

Mrs. Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer contended that, “While breast cancer screening and detection are necessary and of great importance to women, we find it appalling that an anti-breast cancer foundation would help fund Planned Parenthood whose sales of birth control products and abortion ‘services’ contribute significantly to the breast cancer rates in this country. Planned Parenthood markets itself as a servant of the poor, but it serves low income women about as well as a tobacco company providing screenings for lung cancer to the poor. How does it benefit a low income woman to patronize Planned Parenthood if her breast cancer was induced by birth control products or an abortion procured from that organization in the first place? Planned Parenthood is profiting on both ends of this deal.”

Dr. Chris Kahlenborn, author of the book, Breast Cancer: Its Link to Abortion and the Birth Control Pill, wrote that

“...several papers have noted that women who have had an abortion at a young age or had taken OCPs (oral contraceptive pills) early in life, developed a more aggressive type of cancer.” (p. 76)

Mrs. Malec encouraged the Susan G. Komen Foundation “to put aside its ideology in favor of women’s health by discontinuing its funding of Planned Parenthood.”

Individuals are encouraged to send letters and e-mail to the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s headquarters and their affiliates and to voice their objections.

  • National Headquarters 5005 LBJ Freeway Suite 250 Dallas, TX 75244 grants [at] komen.org
  • Denver Affiliate info [at] susangkomen.org
  • Dallas Affiliate info [at] komen-dallas.org
  • Oklahoma Affiliate okckomen [at] ionet.net

The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer is an international women’s organization founded to protect the health and save the lives of women by educating and providing information on abortion as a risk factor for breast cancer.

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