by Steven Ertelt
March 28, 2007
Waco, TX (LifeNews.com) — A Texas pro-life advocate who was one of the first to work to expose the connection between Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scouts says pro-life advocates need to know the abortion business works with a leading breast cancer group as well.
John Pisciotta’s encouragement comes at a time when Susan G. Komen Foundation groups are preparing for annual breast cancer runs across the country.
The head of Pro-Life Waco points to significant documentation over the last few years showing that local Komen affiliates across the country have given money to the pro-abortion group.
"We’re trying to raise awareness on the link between abortion and breast cancer, and point out that it is totally inappropriate for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to be making grants to the country’s number-one abortion-provider," he told Agape Press.
"Nationwide, Planned Parenthood is the industry leader in abortion," he added. "Here in Waco, Planned Parenthood since 1994 has aborted over 12,000 young babies — and left their mothers susceptible to many problems, including increased risk of breast cancer."
Eve Sanchez Silver, a former Komen medical research analyst and Hispanic outreach director, resigned from the anti-cancer group after learning that their affiliates had made significant contributions to Planned Parenthood.
She quit the group in September 2004 after the organization told her it would not stop funding Planned Parenthood.
"The Foundation has done so much for so many women through its programs and research grants," Sanchez Silver told LifeNews.com 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 $38.4 million in grants to support community outreach programs in 2003. That figure includes 21 grants to their local Planned Parenthood chapters totaling more than $475,000.
The donations have continued and the Aspen, Colorado affiliate gave Planned Parenthood a $12,887 grant last December.
She met with Komen officials in Denver in October and talked with LifeNews.com about the meeting.
"SGK officials did not appear to have knowledge of simple breast facts," Silver said.
Silver explained that the breast is an organ that is not mature at birth and SGK officials appeared to be surprised to learn that the breast does not become fully mature until after 32 weeks of pregnancy.
As a result of that state of development, interruption of pregnancy via an abortion before 32 weeks leaves breast cells exposed to estrogen, which is highly carcinogenic.
The two-time breast cancer survivor indicated the Komen representatives also appeared to be "more concerned about assisting women after they had contracted breast cancer, than informing them to avoid breast cancer risk by avoiding abortions and having [an] early, full term pregnancy."
"This is an appalling lack of concern for the women the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is supposed to be helping," Silver added.
During the meeting, Dr. Joel Brind, a professor at New York’s Baruch College, said Komen’s funding Planned Parenthood made no sense because abortions are one of the biggest causes of breast cancer.
He pointed out that breast cancer cases have risen 40 percent since abortion was made virtually unlimited in the 1973 Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade.
In 1996, Brind and other researchers conducted analysis of all the major studies done in the field to that time. They concluded that women who had an abortion before their first term child had a 50% increased risk of developing breast cancer while women who had an abortion after their first child sustained a 30% increased risk.
Sanchez Silver is now the director of Cinta Latina Research, an organization that conducts research into breast cancer issues and their effects on minorities.
Related web sites:
Cinta Latina Research – https://www.cintalatina.org
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation – https://www.komen.org
Eve Sanchez Silver – https://stopabortionbreastcancer.org
National Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer – https://www.abortionbreastcancer.com