Colorado Agency Gives Planned Parenthood Grant for Breast Cancer Help

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Mar 30, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
March 30
, 2007

Denver, CO ( — Abortion has been linked to the rise in risk of contracting breast cancer, but the state of Colorado has given a large grant to the nation’s largest abortion business anyway. The Colorado Women’s Cancer Control Initiative has given a grant to Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

The amount of money in the grant wasn’t disclosed but the abortion business will use the funds to screen low-income women for breast and cervical cancer.

The money comes from an agency that is part of the Colorado Department of Public Health and that it runs through the Medicaid program — meaning state and federal taxpayer dollars are involved.

Savita Ginde, medical director for PPRM, told the Colorado Springs Business Journal that PPRM will provide free breast cancer screening for women 40 to 64 years of age, with an emphasis on women aged 50 to 64.

This is the second time the abortion business has received a large grant from a group that is supposedly concerned about breast cancer.

The Aspen, Colorado affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation gave PPRM a $12,887 grant in December.

The grant ironically comes after Colorado pro-life advocates held a meeting with national Komen officials about their Planned Parenthood grants and abortion’s link to breast cancer.

Former Komen medical research analyst and Hispanic outreach director Eve Sanchez Silver and Dr. Joel Brind, a professor at New York’s Baruch College met with the SGK officials in Denver in October

Silver, who resigned form Komen after learning that their affiliates had made significant contributions to Planned Parenthood, discussed the meeting in a statement received.

"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.

During the meeting, Brind, the foremost authority on the breast cancer-abortion link, 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.

Silver resigned from Komen in September 2004 after the organization told her it would not stop funding Planned Parenthood.

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.

ACTION: Send your complaints about the state funding to the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Attention CWCCI, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246-1530. You can also call 1-866-692-2600 or fax a letter to 303-691-1530.