Former Komen Breast Cancer Advisor Speaks Out on Abortion Link

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 13, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 13, 2005

Oak Brook, IL ( — A former advisor for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation who resigned because the group makes donations to Planned Parenthood and refused to acknowledge the abortion-breast cancer link, will be a featured speaker at an Illinois event for teenagers.

Eve Sanchez Silver, a research analyst for Komen, quit her position in September when she learned cash-strapped Komen affiliates were sending contributions to the nation’s largest abortion business.

"The Foundation has done so much for so many women through its programs and research grants," Silver told at the time. "But this revelation about Planned Parenthood and [Komen], indicates a well thought out funding strategy."

According to former Komen public relations director Kristin Kelly, Komen affiliates awarded 21 grants to their local Planned Parenthood chapters in 2003 totaling more than $475,000.

Now, the two-time breast cancer survivor will speak about the abortion-breast cancer link at Speak Out Illinois, a large annual gathering of teenagers

Sanchez Silver says that women deserve to know the recent research showing a link exists and that women who have induced abortions are at greater risk for contracting breast cancer than women who carry the pregnancy to term.

However, for minorities, that risk can be even greater.

"Black and Latina women have very aggressive breast cancers, often reported very late, often, unhappily, too late," Sanchez Silver told "If there are facts to be known they should be broadcasted, not swept under the rug."

Silver said the Planned Parenthood donations came at a time when local Komen affiliates were struggling to find enough funds to keep afloat.

"Our [Komen] Advisory Councils were all aware of grassroots efforts in need of funding all across the country," Sanchez Silver told

Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, applauds Silver for continuing to be vocal about her concerns with Komen.

"Komen’s affinity for Planned Parenthood," said Karen Malec, president of the coalition, "makes it impossible for the breast cancer group to objectively evaluate research showing that an abortion leaves a woman with more cancer vulnerable cells than she had before she became pregnant."

"Scientists agree that little or no childbearing, insufficient breastfeeding, and delayed childbearing raise a woman’s risk and account for at least one-half of the breast cancer cases," Malec explained. "If Komen and other cancer fundraising businesses had a sincere desire to cut breast cancer rates, they’d denounce PP for denying women the best means of preventing the disease."

Sanchez Silver, who was also Komen’s Hispanic advisor, has worked with researchers from Harvard and Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Sanchez Silver is the director of Cinta Latina Research, an organization that conducts research into breast cancer issues and their effects on minorities.

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