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Missouri Right to Life Policy on The Race for the Cure

Policy

Because the Susan G. Komen Foundation, sponsor of the “Race for the Cure,” allocates money to Planned Parenthood at the national level, Missouri Right to Life urges citizens to consider carefully whether to support the Race for the Cure and other activities of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Explanation

Each year, the Susan G. Komen Foundation sponsors the “Race for the Cure,” involving long runs to raise funds for research into cures for breast cancer. The goal is a worthy one. Unfortunately, the Foundation allocates money to Planned Parenthood in some areas. (Examples: 2009 grant to Planned Parenthood of North Texas, http://ww5.komen.org/GrantDescription.aspx?CID=29029; 2007 grant to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, http://ww5.komen.org/GrantDescription.aspx?CID=27130; 2006 grant to Planned Parenthood of Rocky Mountains, http://ww5.komen.org/GrantDescription.aspx?CID=23668.) It appears that the local chapters in Missouri of the Susan G. Komen Foundation do not contribute directly to Planned Parenthood or other abortion advocacy organizations, but other parts of the Foundation do.

It is highly ironic that the Susan G. Komen Foundation supports an organization, Planned Parenthood, that is probably responsible for thousands of women’s deaths annually because of the link between abortion and breast cancer. Many peer-reviewed scientific studies demonstrate the statistical correlation between a previous abortion and a much higher risk of breast cancer in the future. (See, for example, the following from a British expert: "Breast cancer is diagnosed in 33,000 women in the U.K. each year; of these, an unusually high proportion had an abortion before eventually starting a family. Such women are up to four times more likely to develop breast cancer." Thomas Stuttaford, M.D., “Fresh Line of Attack,” The Times of London, May 17, 2001, cited in Life Site News at http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2001/jun/01062102.html). The Foundation and Planned Parenthood respond with claims that the pro-life studies are wrong, but their reviews of the scientific literature are untrustworthy due to faulty methodology and simple misrepresentation of the results of their own data. (Ian Gentles, “Women’s Health After Abortion: A Fresh Look at the Evidence,” Human Life Review, Fall, 2002.)

Hence, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which aims to overcome breast cancer through research to find a cure, not only funds abortions of many female humans that will never grow into a womanhood free from breast cancer, but also funds a leading provider of a procedure that is one of the principal causes of breast cancer in the first place.

Until the Susan G. Komen Foundation renounces its support of Planned Parenthood and any other pro-abortion advocacy organizations, Missouri Right to Life considers the Foundation to be anti-life in actuality. Missouri Right to Life urges citizens to consider carefully whether to support the Race for the Cure and other activities of the Susan G. Komen Foundation in light of the Foundation’s anti-life activities.

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