Pink Ribbons Not Cute When Komen Backs Planned Parenthood

Opinion   |   Abby Johnson   |   Aug 22, 2011   |   11:28AM   |   Washington, DC

Pink ribbons are cute.  They have become very trendy.  Everyone has caught on to them, too.  A couple of airlines wear pink during October…some yogurt companies have pink ribbons on their merchandise…everyone is doing it.  Well, not me.

I hate breast cancer.  I REALLY hate it.  Breast cancer stole one of the most important people in my life from me…my father’s twin sister…my aunt.  Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer.  My cousin died of breast cancer.  Breast cancer is like a terrible virus that keeps sweeping through my family.  And like all viruses, you can’t get rid of them; they keep coming back.

My aunt was an amazing person.  She never met a stranger.  She loved everyone.  And, she was pro-life.  She LOVED babies.  She was one of the most precious people I have ever known.  I watched her battle this terrible disease for 9 years.  There were ups and downs…but she never gave up.  She fought, sometimes with hair, sometimes without.  She lost her breasts.  She had multiple surgeries.  She was always hopeful.  Every day was a gift.  Her life was a gift.

Now, I know there is lots of debate about the link between abortion and breast cancer.  And to be honest, I am not convinced either way.  I am not a scientist, but I love research.  I know that for every study that shows a link, I can find one or two that shows there is no link.  I just can’t simply prove that to be fact.

But here is a fact…Susan G. Komen gave $700,000 in grant money to Planned Parenthood last year.  Susan G. Komen is the largest breast cancer research group.  Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in our country.  Hmmm…why would those two groups be partnering together?

Komen says they give this money to Planned Parenthood so women living in rural areas will have access to mammogram services.  Really??  Well, here’s the truth about that.


Why?  Because they can’t.  Planned Parenthood is a level one breast service provider.  What does that mean?  It simply means that Planned Parenthood clinics are ONLY allowed to provide manual breast exams.  You know, the kind you do in the shower.  The kind you can get from any nurse or physician in any clinic.  They cannot provide any sort of diagnostic services…no biopsies, no breast ultrasounds, AND no mammograms.  That is the truth.  That is a FACT.

Komen contributes in a very large way to the murder of over 320,000 babies each year.  Those pink ribbons don’t seem so cute anymore.

I hear people say, “Well, until breast cancer has affected your family, don’t tell me not to support Komen.”  Well, it has affected my family.  It has affected us greatly.  And I stand against Komen.

And let me say something else very clearly.  My aunt valued life very much.  But she did not value her life more than the life of any child.  She would have given up her life to know that a baby would be saved.  For those that continue to support Komen because this disease has affected you or someone you love…this is what you are saying…you are willing to sacrifice the lives of the unborn for your own.  If you are comfortable with that, then keep donating to Komen.  I hope you are not.  I hope you will do the right thing.  I will you will stand against this phony organization.  Any good they do is blackened by the killing they support.

And if you do stand against them, tell them.  Don’t just take away your support, let them know.  Send an email to your friend’s list.  Post it on your Facebook page.  Post the letter that you will send so your friends can copy yours and send one as well.  Send a letter to your newspaper.  Tell everyone you know.  Be an activist.  Make your voice heard.  Don’t think that Komen doesn’t care…they do.  They care very much.  Komen needs to keep up their good reputation.  Don’t let that happen.  Expose them for what they are.

Over 320,000 babies EVERY year.  Our voice is worth it.  No more pink ribbons in my home.  My aunt’s memory is worth more than that…I can’t wrap her life up in a ribbon…especially when that ribbon pays for the murder of children.