by Steven Ertelt
March 31, 2008
Lafayette, IN (LifeNews.com) — The head of a group that educates about the link between abortion and breast cancer is applauding the decision of a Catholic diocese in Indiana for cutting ties with Komen Race for the Cure. The group says pro-life advocates should disassociate themselves with Komen over its Planned Parenthood donations and denial of the link.
Last week, the Catholic Diocese of Lafayette told local parishioners to boycott the April race in Indianapolis expected to draw 40,000 people.
Due to its policy allowing affiliates to offer financial support to abortion providing facilities, its endorsement of embryonic stem cell research, and the continued denial that abortion may well lead to the development of breast cancer, it is not appropriate for Catholics to participate," the diocese said.
Karen Malec of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer told LifeNews.com on Monday that the decision is the right one saying she "supports the diocese’s decision and applauds the courage of its officials."
Susan G. Komen for the Cure spokeswoman Rebecca Gibson has previously confirmed that 19 of the 122 Komen affiliates made grants to Planned Parenthood last year, according to its own figures totaling about $374,253.
"Komen perpetuates the breast cancer epidemic by giving funds to Planned Parenthood," Malec explained.
"As a seller of hormonal contraceptives and abortions, Planned Parenthood is the primary cause of the breast cancer epidemic," she said.
Komen has defended the contributions by saying they are only used for breast cancer screenings, but Malec says the grants allow Planned Parenthood to save money it makes from abortions to grow its abortion business.
She also said Komen has no method of ensuring the grant money is used only for breast screenings and not for pro-abortion purposes.
"Planned Parenthood’s personnel have no respect for human life," said in sharp criticism of Komen. "What would cause people, who don’t care about children’s lives, to care if women die of breast cancer?"
"We encourage Komen to end its love affair with Planned Parenthood and give funds for breast cancer screenings to legitimate health care organizations that will use the money for its intended purpose," she added.
Malec also called on Komen officials to reverse their position that abortion doesn’t cause an increase in the risk of contracting breast cancer.
"Komen does not tell women the truth that abortion increases breast cancer risk in three ways," Malec explained.
By delaying a first full term pregnancy, a woman loses her chance to mature 85% of her cancer-susceptible breast lobules into fully cancer-resistant lobules at a younger age, Malec explained. She said all cancer experts agree prevention of a first pregnancy increases risk.
Secondly, women who have never been pregnant have breast lobules that are cancer-susceptible Type 1 and 2 lobules and as many as 95% of all breast cancers arise in these lobules.
While pregnancy matures the lobules, women who have abortions before lobule maturation is completed are left with more places in their breasts for cancers to start, Malec said.
Finally, abortion is a risk factor for premature birth in future pregnancies and Malec says research shows that premature birth before 32 weeks gestation increases the mother’s breast cancer risk.
Malec said it’s time for "Komen to tell women the truth that abortion increases breast cancer risk."
Related web sites:
Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer – https://www.abortionbreastcancer.com