February 18th 2012

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Planned Parenthood's protection racket

by Babette Francis

News Weekly, February 18, 2012

In early February, pro-life organisations in the United States were rejoicing that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, America’s major breast cancer research organisation, had announced it would no longer give grants to Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion-provider in the US.

This was huge news for both sides in the abortion debate. The grants had been given over years because Planned Parenthood (PP) claimed to provide breast-screening as part of its “services” to women. In reality, PP only did manual breast examinations which can be done by any doctor and at clinics which are not involved in abortion.

Professor Gerard Nadal, MD, of St John’s University, New York, wrote: “When one hears the term ‘breast screening’, one envisions a mammogram. Instead, PP’s ‘screening’ is a palpation of the breast, checking for detectable lumps. So, yes, if a lump is detected, and if the lump is cancerous, that could be life-saving. But if no lump is detected? Is the woman given a referral for a mammogram?

“It is the mammogram that is essential. A woman’s best chances at beating cancer are when the cancer is found through mammography before it is large enough to be palpated, or found through mammography in women whose breast density make it difficult to detect by palpation.

“By funding Planned Parenthood, Komen funded the abortions that lead to increased risk of breast cancer, the distribution of oral contraceptives which are well known to cause breast cancer, and the lie that women were receiving mammograms.”

Pro-life organisations had lobbied Komen for years to stop funding PP, but their rejoicing had barely started when two days later the news broke that Komen had reversed its stance and, in an ambiguously worded statement, announced it might continue to fund Planned Parenthood.

Fifty left-liberal members of US Congress signed a letter chastising Komen, called its action “troubling”; declared that the foundation’s decision was responsible for cutting “life-saving services” to women; and urged it to reconsider its decision.

But the real fatwa came from Planned Parenthood, which revealed itself willing to seriously damage and attempt to destroy the Komen foundation. It called in its feminist allies. The American Association of University Women announced it would immediately bar Komen from approved community service opportunities for college women at the AAUW’s annual leadership conference.

As far as the AAUW is concerned, volunteering to raise money to help fight breast cancer for an organisation with a 30-year history of doing just that doesn’t count as “community service”, unless Komen was prepared also to support Planned Parenthood.

Fighting breast cancer, apparently, isn’t enough. You must also fund America’s largest abortion-provider.

Planned Parenthood’s bitter campaign against Komen is analogous to a protection racket: “Nice charity you’ve got there. It’d be a shame if anything happened to it.” The none-too-subtle message to other Planned Parenthood donors is that if they don’t play nice and keep donating, they’ll get the Komen treatment.

There’s one crucial difference — in mafia-style protection rackets, the victims never pay voluntarily. The threat is present from the start, sometimes even before you begin your business after having just moved into the neighbourhood. By contrast, Komen was not under any duress when it initially made its grants — it could have avoided all this nastiness by never donating to Planned Parenthood in the first place.

You can’t stop giving to Planned Parenthood and not expect consequences. Daily Caller contributing writer Mary Katharine Ham tweeted: “Giving to Planned Parenthood is like going on a date that you can never leave, ever.”

It has been a rude awakening for anyone who didn’t know how ruthless the pro-death forces are, and how sacred abortion and its largest American seller is. In view of Komen’s life-saving research for women, PP could instead have turned its wrath on the Republicans and assorted pro-life “villains”.

But no — Komen had became an apostate and the PP fatwa was issued, “We will destroy you”, and the left-liberal media was a willing accomplice.

Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, an international women’s organisation 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, said on America’s Fox News: “The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer applauds Susan G. Komen for the Cure for halting grants to Planned Parenthood, but remains its critic for co-operating in the abortion-breast cancer cover-up and downplaying the risk of the birth-control pill.”

In the light of the Komen foundation’s apparent reversal on grants to PP, Karen Malec’s reservations appear well founded.

Meanwhile, American pro-life identities such as Austin Ruse, president of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-Fam), and R. Albert Mohler Jr, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, have been united in condemning Komen’s about-turn.

Pro-lifers all over the world should email Komen at <news@komen.org> and ask it to stand by its original decision to defund Planned Parenthood.

Babette Francis, B.Sc. (Hons), is national coordinator of Endeavour Forum Inc., an affiliate of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer. 

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