Eric Brinker wrote me that only "20 of Komen's 122 US affiliates fund breast health services through local Planned Parenthood clinics."
All 5 PPGNW clinics involved with Komen either commit or refer for abortions. All dispense birth-control pills and emergency contraceptives....
A 2009 study... showed that the risk for women under 40 of contracting a newly identified and virulent form of the disease called triple-negative breast cancer rose by 320% if using hormonal contraceptives for a year or more.
That same study, co-authored in part by 2 of the very National Cancer Institute researchers who in 2003 denied a link between abortion and breast cancer (read more on that here and here), also acknowledged a 40% increased risk of contracting breast cancer under the age of 40 if a woman had had an abortion....
Tragically, Susan Goodman Komen was only 33 years old when contracting breast cancer, dying 3 years later. Her sister Nancy, Komen's founder, contracted breast cancer at age 39. She is now a 25-year survivor.
Both were under 40.
Would recognition that one's reproductive history may be implicated in breast cancer be too hard to handle within the upper echelon of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation?
Would it make the disease less noble?
Read my column today, "The consequences of admitting ABC link," in its entirety at WorldNetDaily.com.
If they were to admit the link, it would be like the tobacco industry admitting the link to lung cancer, the cell phone industry admitting to a possible link to brain cancer, the dental industry admitting that mercury fillings may be poisonous or the meat and dairy "industries" admitting that their products cause cancer and heart disease.
In other words, it would be devastating to the abortion "industry" from a liability standpoint. Their "industry" could literally be destroyed financially (which would of course be a very good thing). Even if they could technically still operate, financially it would be impossible.
This is why I think it is critically important for some pro-life legal geniuses out there to try to bring a class action lawsuit against the whole child killing "industry". If we win, we win everything. Even if we lose, we still win because tens of millions of people hear about the link and this might dissuade millions of mothers from killing their children.
Additionally, our movement should do all it can to promote this link apart from lawsuits with the same goal of saving as many children's (and mothers') lives as possible.Posted by: Joe at April 7, 2010 9:07 AM
Nancy Brinker is on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood of North Texas. Sidewalk counselors had won a battle to boot the abortion-providing branch PP out of Dallas. We won. But then Nancy Brinker, with her pool of money raised under the pretenses of breast cancer research, saved PPNT's abortion business by donating 475,000 from Susan G. Komen's money so PP could BUY the building. Now, they own the building and the private drive, moving the sidewalk counselors a quarter mile up the street to the sidewalk, limiting our ability to counsel. And all this with money donated by the good hearted, suffering or bereaved for the sake of SAVING lives.
In order to cover for that one-time fraudulent bailout, Susan G. Komen gives to PP regularly under the guise that PP gives them research data.
That's the whole story. The Brinkers love Planned Parenthood and are fine with defrauding the benevolent to bail out their abortion buddy.Posted by: Jacqueline at April 7, 2010 9:32 AM
As transcribed from a recording of the meeting, CRTL asked, "Why aren't women being told about the most preventable risk factor?" to which Komen's Brandorff answered, "We tend to focus on the cure... we're focusing our energies on that, rather than the preventative."
Colorado RTL meeting with Komen officials in Denver October 2006
Jac, wow. Can you get me corroboration?Posted by: Jill Stanek at April 7, 2010 9:55 AM
Leslie, yes, deja vu. Yesterday the Boise Komen rep and I had a conversation on screening, which she touted, vs. prevention, which I touted. She was trying to make the case that PP helps identify women who would not otherwise receive healthcare for breast cancer. My point was, "But PP causes breast cancer.... Shouldn't your foremost goal be to prevent it?"Posted by: Jill Stanek at April 7, 2010 10:03 AM
My mom firmly believes her breast cancer came from years of using hormonal contraceptives.
Susan G. Komen foundation is a big joke. I contact them every year to complain of their abortion support and get a "poo-poo" answer every year. This organization is all about money, they are not actually trying to end breast cancer at all.Posted by: Sydney M. at April 7, 2010 10:03 AM
Jill- Andrew knows the whole story if you want to give him a call. The main guy behind the original fight is our friend Daniel Vinzant. I can email you his email, but Andrew probably can probably help.Posted by: Jacqueline at April 7, 2010 10:05 AM
Jac, ok, I'll call him. Yes, please email me Daniel's contact info. If I can corroborate the facts, I'll make this into a "Komen Part III" column.Posted by: Jill Stanek at April 7, 2010 10:08 AM
Great series. Seems like a good Part III is cooking with North Texas. I guess if anyone else has the goods on Komen, they ought to write in.
What does not make sense to me id the one-sidedness to this relationship. What's behind Komen's largesse with PP? There must be a reciprocal benefit in this relationship.Posted by: Gerard Nadal at April 7, 2010 10:10 AM
If I had been aware of the long-term effects of hormonal contraceptives, I would have made much different choices.Posted by: Leslie at April 7, 2010 10:37 AM
Great job exposing SGK!
How many children did Susan and Nancy have before they were 40? I think that may be telling.Posted by: David Smith at April 7, 2010 10:49 AM
I've just read a bunch of bios on Susan, and none mention that she had any children. And I think we would have heard from/about them by now, since they would today be adults.
Nancy only had one child, Eric. He was born 10-13-75. Her bday is 12-6-46. This would make her 29 years old when he was born.Posted by: Jill Stanek at April 7, 2010 10:53 AM
I'm sure that if Susan had any children they would be on the Board of the Foundation in some capacity, even if only honorific.Posted by: Gerard Nadal at April 7, 2010 11:10 AM
MANY HIGH SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES across the US sponsor VOLLEYBALL MATCHES in cooperation with SGK (called "Dig for the Cure") to raise money for Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Many people are not aware of this -and that they are indirectly supporting Planned Parenthood as well.
Anyone who doesn't want their schools to support these matches might want to contact their local high schools or colleges NOW to let them know how you feel about it -before the arrangements for next fall are made with SGK. Just one example - the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Conference sponsored nine such matches last October.
"the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Conference" should read 'the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. (Sorry.)
I read an article a few weeks ago taht was talking about what women could do to prevent breast cancer. Its focus was on losing weight since fat stores estrogen and excess estrogen leads to cancer.
That's great, we should tell people this information, but I was shocked that not a word was said about the effects of taking estrogen directly in the form of hormonal contraception.
That seems to be a big pink elephant in the room that no one wants to acknowledge.Posted by: Lauren at April 7, 2010 12:22 PM
Leslie @ 10:37,
Me, too. I can't believe how naive I was about OCs. I will do everything in my power to keep my daughters free of them.Posted by: Nerina at April 7, 2010 12:34 PM
Is there an article regarding the contraception-breast cancer link? I'd like to share that for all those who have no idea about the link and/or who will need evidence of the connection.
Thanks so much for your pro-life writings! Keep up the good work!Posted by: ArkCatholicGirl at April 7, 2010 2:10 PM
I believe these are some Do's and Dont's for breast cancer.
Eat cooked meat and consume saturated animal fat (a high fat diet apparently deprives the body of oxygen and cells deprived of oxygen are more likely to turn cancerous)
Kill your unborn children, especially your first child
Use hormonal contraceptives/abortifacients such as birth control pill and morning after pill
Consume alcohol (apparently it depresses the immune system)
Have children early and often
Breastfeed themPosted by: Joe at April 7, 2010 2:17 PM
Nerina...I also was never told of the dangers of OC's. I'm glad I DID find out the truth before taking them too long.
Joe--understand your post and agree with all of it..just keep in mind not all of us ladies could breastfeed. I really wanted to and had all sorts of trouble with it. I'm going to try again next baby but it never clicked with my son or with me. It just irks me when people automatically assume that all women CAN breastfeed and that if you bottle-fed your child you are some kind of bad mom. Just saying.Posted by: Sydney M. at April 7, 2010 3:41 PM
Ark, this post has a link to the pdf of the triple-negative breast cancer study:
Also, I just typed "contraception breast cancer" in google search and found some good reading.Posted by: Jill Stanek at April 7, 2010 3:50 PM
Same here, Sydney. My daughter was a preemie, and I pumped milk for two weeks for her. When I attempted to breastfeed her it would tire her out, and I didn't want to put her through that. It broke my heart, because I had ALWAYS intended to breastfeed. I suffered from post-partum depression, and I had lost my mother and grandmother just months before, so that didn't help things, either. It's STILL my biggest regret that I didn't continue to b/f.Posted by: Pamela at April 7, 2010 4:14 PM
May I also suggest a gret book written by a Medical Doctor?
Breast Cancer : Its Link to Abortion and the Birth Control Pill
It's an astounding book.
You also do well to contact:
The Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
They have great materials, books and pamphlets.
God BlessPosted by: Gerard Nadal at April 7, 2010 5:16 PM
Joe, those of us who are post abortive find your posting "kill your unborn children, especially you first child" very harsh. Many of us were coerced into aborting our children. Many of us bought into the lie - and it has not been that many years that this research has been out there. For those who aborted over 30 years ago - this research was nowhere to be found.
I detest all the things that abortions causes ... but please remember that when one is writing about abortion, there are men and women suffering emotionally from having had abortions that are in need of healing and not condemnation, as your comment suggests, Joe.
People come to this blog and others like it to learn - they do not come to be castigated for having bought into a lie - and for not being able to change one damn thing about the fact that they did indeed abort their child.
Just writing this, not so that you will not continue the fight against abortions - but so that you may be a bit more careful in your wording about abortion.
After all, Christ, when talking with the woman at the well did not say "yah, you've been fornicating " He found reconciliatory language in which to communicate with her.
And having children early and often? Are you going to look askance at the woman age fourteen who bears her first child? Are you going to condemn her actions when she looks to the state for welfare?
Posted by: Lee
at April 7, 2010 5:45 PM
I'm really impressed by the well-written comments, and the information that has been presented by Jill Stanek. I am so grateful to my Mom, who always warned me about the dangers of taking birth control pills. Never gave me specifics, but definitely caused me to think twice, before taking them. I am 39, have 4 children and am glad that I have never been on them. It can be done!! Another thing many people don't realize is that birth control pills are an abortifacient, since they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the womb. Thanks again for these facts!Posted by: Lydia Parks at April 7, 2010 6:43 PM
I am the mom of 5 kids and I did breastfeed all of them, but I must admit that it was never some transcendental experience for me. I knew it was best for baby in terms of health benefits, but it was a burden for me. I know many people get very dogmatic about the whole breastfeeding thing, but don't ever feel guilty if it doesn't work out. Believe me, I still get comments about how I "obviously didn't do it right" because if I had it would have "transformed me." Again, breastfeeding is obviously nature's way of feeding babies, but I am thankful for other options.Posted by: Nerina at April 7, 2010 7:09 PM
There is no link between the bill and breast cancer.
There is no link between induced abortion and breast cancer.
Arguing against BC and abortion on moral or religious grounds is one thing (and totally acceptable). Arguing against them using myths and junk science is wrong and dangerous. In fact, I think it makes your side immoral and dishonest.Posted by: Dhalgren at April 7, 2010 7:26 PM
Take a long walk off a short pier.Posted by: Jasper at April 7, 2010 7:34 PM
Um, Dhalgren The National Cancer Institute disagrees with you.
"How do oral contraceptives affect breast cancer risk?
A woman’s risk of developing breast cancer depends on several factors, some of which are related to her natural hormones. Hormonal factors that increase the risk of breast cancer include conditions that may allow high levels of hormones to persist for long periods of time, such as beginning menstruation at an early age (before age 12), experiencing menopause at a late age (after age 55), having a first child after age 30, and not having children at all.
A 1996 analysis of worldwide epidemiologic data conducted by the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer found that women who were current or recent users of birth control pills had a slightly elevated risk of developing breast cancer. The risk was highest for women who started using OCs as teenagers"
"In a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored study published in 2003, researchers examined risk factors for breast cancer among women ages 20 to 34 compared with women ages 35 to 54. Women diagnosed with breast cancer were asked whether they had used OCs for more than 6 months before diagnosis and, if so, whether the most recent use had been within 5 years, 5 to 10 years, or more than 10 years. The results indicated that the risk was highest for women who used OCs within 5 years prior to diagnosis, particularly in the younger group "
Posted by: Lauren
at April 7, 2010 8:56 PM
The WHO disagrees with you. It ranks OCs as a level 1 carcinogen. The WHO is not exactly a right-wing think tank.Posted by: Nerina at April 8, 2010 9:18 AM
Hi Lydia Parks. A clarification. I cringe at the term "fertilized egg." At the moment of fertilization, it is no longer an egg.Posted by: Scott Evans at April 8, 2010 9:35 AM
I am the mom of 5 kids and I did breastfeed all of them, but I must admit that it was never some transcendental experience for me. I knew it was best for baby in terms of health benefits, but it was a burden for me. I know many people get very dogmatic about the whole breastfeeding thing, but don't ever feel guilty if it doesn't work out. Believe me, I still get comments about how I "obviously didn't do it right" because if I had it would have "transformed me." Again, breastfeeding is obviously nature's way of feeding babies, but I am thankful for other options.
Posted by: Nerina at April 7, 2010 7:09 PM
Nerina... for *most* people who successfully breastfeed it *can* be a transforming event. However, for some women it is just a way to feed their baby. It does have serious benefits for mom as well as baby, and they need to be addressed so that women make informed choices (with a strong family history of breast cancer, I breastfed my seven children for my own benefit, as well as theirs.)
But, when I was working as a breastfeeding counselor in the hospital prior to becoming an RN, I always called myself a "guilt-free zone". I believe in providing information and support, but I'm seriously turned off myself by some of the propaganda put out there. (And I run a breastfeeding website!)Posted by: Elisabeth at April 8, 2010 3:25 PM
Gerard @ 5:16,
Thanks for the links.
Nerina & Lauren,
Thank you for sound responses to Dhalgren.
Jasper, please reconsider your communication. Insults do little to convince anyone of a righteous position. You are communicating much more than you realize to a larger audience than you realize.
If we want to discover truth we must be willing to entertain ideas and consider the evidence.Posted by: David Sutherland at April 8, 2010 5:16 PM
I've given up on converting any pro-aborts. I do not care about converting them any longer, they are scum of the earth.Posted by: Jasper at April 8, 2010 6:31 PM
Jasper, I love you, but you might want to hold off commenting until you get your (understandable) ire under control. You don't do our side any favors when you're in one of these moods.Posted by: Elisabeth at April 8, 2010 9:19 PM
Ok, sorry about that. I'll walk away for a while and take a deep breath...Posted by: Jasper at April 8, 2010 9:23 PM
What is your breastfeeding website? I really wanted to breastfeed and tried so hard. I had mild success at the hospital but then the nurses gave my son a bottle even though I had a birth plan that said NO BOTTLES on it. After that he just never latched on right.
Not to get too graphic but I feel I don't have the right nipples for it either. I pumped and pumped and could never produce enough milk. I had friends who could pump for a few minutes and have a quart like that! I had the easiest pregnancy and the most textbook perfect labor (the ob/gyn was also impressed at the ease of my delivery) and then I felt like an utter failure as a mother and as a WOMAN that I couldn't do something as ancient and natural as breastfeed. To this day it just irks me and I feel a little jealous of women who could breastfeed.
I have every intention of trying again next time around...but what advice can you give me? I would appreciate it so so so much!Posted by: Sydney M. at April 8, 2010 9:51 PM
There is a disorder called insufficient glandular tissue development. However, chances are you would know if you had that, as it has an extremely distinctive appearance. (Do a google image search and you'll see what I mean.)
That, and surgical changes to the breast, are the only real "physical" conditions that make breastfeeding impossible.
As for nipples, that can be a tricky one. The thing is, the baby should not be latching on to your nipple anyway, he should be much, much further back, so those issues *can* be worked around. That doesn't mean it is necessarily easy.
The biggest issue is the bottle he received. I can't begin to tell you the times I had a baby nursing like a champ, went home at 10 pm and the next day was a nightmare! All because some nurse thought the child should receive a bottle. Some thought they were "helping", others were more malevolent. (It's hard to admit, but I knew of nurses who did it deliberately to "prove" that there was "no such thing as nipple confusion.")
You cannot judge by pumping. Some women produce GREAT for their babies but cannot pump an ounce. As a working mom of 7 breastfed children, I will tell you that there were kids of mine that I pumped fine for, and others I couldn't get nearly enough...even though all of them were satisfied when they were at the breast. Differing stress levels contributed to the different pumping abilities.
Breast pumps vary in quality, as well. Before Toys R Us started offering the Medela Pump In Style I used to say, "If you can get it at Toys R Us or the drugstore... it won't do the job for 90% of women." The PIS is the LOWEST quality pump I recommend. The hospital grade pumps are truly necessary when there are any breastfeeding difficulties at all. They can be rented for a reasonable price and are often offered by WIC for moms of preemies for free.
My site is joyous-breastfeeding.com. I just got it started, but I'm in the process of putting together some free guides for new moms.Posted by: Elisabeth at April 8, 2010 10:43 PM
I second Elisabeth's recommendation for a hospital grade breast pump. You can usually rent them from your local hospital and they really make a difference. I was actually an "overproducer" which can be problematic too. Who knew? Elisabeth, I appreciate your attitude about breastfeeding. Like I said, FOR ME, it was just a way to feed a baby (and yes, it was convenient and helped me lose weight fast, and kept my kids healthy - but boy, I really felt it had a huge impact on my self-esteem and my relationship with my husband. Honestly, I felt so unattractive. I know other women who feel the exact opposite).Posted by: Nerina at April 9, 2010 7:05 AM