So this is old news by now, but surely you’ve heard that the Susan G. Komen Foundation (famous for its efforts to fund breast cancer research) announced last week that they’d no longer give funding to Planned Parenthood.
I was glad to hear that — and surprised, actually. A breast cancer foundation had supported the nation’s largest abortion provider? What’s up with that? I thought maybe Planned Parenthood offices offered women free mammograms, so perhaps that’s the connection — but oops, no they don’t. My initial reaction: why would a breast cancer foundation support a group promoting abortion, since abortions may increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer?
Admittedly, the breast cancer/abortion link is sketchy. As I understand it – as a total novice – when pregnant, a woman’s hormones go a little crazy. When a woman has a baby, or has a miscarriage, her body deals with these hormonal fluctuations naturally, and hormone levels return to normal. But if she has an abortion, hormone levels remain in flux because the body is confused — what happened here? Those messed-up hormone levels can wreak havoc in her body, including some changes that can lead to breast cancer. This isn’t a sure thing, but let’s put it this way: I would think long and hard about having an abortion, even if this were the only reason not to have one.
So, when Komen decided to cut PP funding, predictably, the liberals went nuts. They vowed not to fund Komen anymore! They would fund PP directly! I actually understand their anger. Hey, if you’re that invested in wanting to ensure that women can have abortions, it makes sense.
The outcry was so loud (and, most likely, the potential loss of funding so great), that the Komen Foundation reversed its decision just days later. They will keep funding Planned Parenthood! Because the right to abortion is something that is really important to women. “We sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.”
And next time someone gives you the familiar line, But Planned Parenthood is all about women’s health! Only a small part of their services include abortions — point them here. Seems you can use statistics to show anything you’d like.
Komen needs to realize that, in placating their pro-abortion friends, they’ve alienated the pro-life ones. As for me, I will just have to add the Komen Foundation to my mental list of “bad” groups. When the pink-bows-for-the-cure campaign in the neighborhood calls in a month or so, I’ll have to say no. Sigh … this is getting so old. First Girl Scouts cookies are out, now this — what next? Will 4-H start supporting gay marriage? If so, I don’t want to know!