Komen for the Cure Deepens Ties With Planned Parenthood Abortion Business
by Steven Ertelt
April 1, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation has been under fire from pro-life advocates for years for its ties to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. In a new column, pro-life writer Jill Stanek uncovers new information showing the link between the two groups is deepening.
Komen’s ties to Planned Parenthood are well documented and figures from STOPP International show Komen chapters giving $711,485 from April 1, 2005 to March 31, 2006 to Planned Parenthood affiliates.
And in numbers provided to the Associated Press, Susan G. Komen for the Cure spokeswoman Rebecca Gibson confirmed 19 of the 122 Komen affiliates made grants totaling $374,253 to Planned Parenthood during the 2005-2006 fiscal year.
Figures show Komen affiliates have given Planned Parenthood $3 million between 2003 and 2008 and $805,000 in the 2008 fiscal year.
Those donations and links have continued as Komen affiliates in California, Idaho, Colorado, Iowa, Texas, and other states have either made donations or worked with Planned Parenthood abortion centers.
Now, Stanek indicates a pro-life advocate in Washington state who dug into the tax forms of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest discovered the abortion business has held a 12.5 percent share in Metro Centre, a mall in Peoria, Illinois, since 2006.
Stanek connects the dots in a new column at WorldNetDaily.
"PPGNW is Washington’s largest abortion provider. (It is also currently under investigation for Medicaid fraud.) Metro Centre is owned by Eric Brinker," Stanek writes. "Eric Brinker is the son of Nancy Goodman Brinker, the founder of SGK. Eric also sits on SGK’s board."
She contacted Brinker with questions and he issued one response but would not respond to a follow-up.
"This share represents a minority, non-operating interest in the business which they inherited from one of the original shareholders, a resident of Peoria. I, Eric Brinker, have controlling interest in Metro Centre," Brinker said.
Stanek says the response leaves open more questions about the Planned Parenthood-Komen relationship.
"Why didn’t PPGNW cash in its inheritance? Why didn’t Eric buy? If the share was willed, it was worth something. The real-estate market was thriving in 2006. It appears both partners are OK with this now four-year-old business partnership," she responded.
Brinker also attempted to defend the donations to Planned Parenthood in his contact with Stanek, saying "only "20 of Komen’s 122 U.S. Affiliates fund breast-health services through local Planned Parenthood clinics" and adding the total money given represents "less than one percent of the total granted by affiliates."
Stanek responds: "My question then is why bother? Why play with fire?"
"The fact remains that the son of the founder of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, who is also a member of the board, owns a business a mall together with a Planned Parenthood affiliate," Stanek says. "The irony. Susan G. Komen’s nephew is financially enabling an abortion business."
Stanek says the end result is Komen is "condemning more women to develop breast cancer" because abortion increases the breast cancer risk while carrying a pregnancy to term reduces it.
"On its web site, SGK acknowledges that childbearing protects women from breast cancer, and the more children a mother bears and the younger she begins bearing them the better. SGK also acknowledges breast-feeding protects against breast cancer," she notes. "But abortion blocks all those preventative measures."
"Only last week a new study got lots of press that found breast cancer survivors lower their risk of dying by 42 percent simply by getting pregnant," Stanek writes at WND.
But, with Komen’s help, more women are ending pregnancies in abortions and running the bigger risk of breast cancer.
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