Open Letter to Orange County Komen for the Cure
Below is the letter I sent to Orange County Komen for the Cure. Lisa Wolter is the Executive Director. Erin Touslee is the Programs and Grants Director.
Dear Ms. Touslee and Ms. Wolter:
My wife's family has a history of breast cancer, so it is a disease that I am concerned about. I appreciate the work of Susan G. Komen for the Cure in fighting breast cancer.
I recently read about your Orange County affiliate giving large grants to Planned Parenthood of Orange County and San Bernardino County. As I'm sure you aware, Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States. I am aware that they also offer other health services. But many other organizations offer health services to women, without being involved in the abortion industry.
I am dismayed by your contributions to Planned Parenthood for two reasons.
First, funding abortion for any non-health-related reason (as Planned Parenthood doesn't require any health reason to perform an abortion) is ethically unconscionable. It certainly does not fit with the stated goals of your foundation. Rather than helping women's health, you are destroying the lives of humans in utero, and simultaneously exposing women to the potential health risks of abortion.
Second, I am sure you are aware of the risk factors for breast cancer. Women who have been pregnant but have never carried a baby to term are at higher risk than women who have carried a baby to term. That is true whether the pregnancy was ended by spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) or an abortion procedure. I know that some studies have questioned this link. But until the link is completely disproven, how can your organization fund an organization that specializes in a procedure that may increase the risk for breast cancer?
As long as your foundation continues to fund Planned Parenthood, I will avoid buying products that benefit your foundation, because I don't want my money going to harm women--or babies. Women's health is too important to play politics with the funds that are given to save women's lives.
Please put women's health first, and stop funding Planned Parenthood.
Let Her Live
Let Her Live is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) SC nonprofit corporation dedicated to saving babies by showing the beauty and value of life to women considering abortion. Donations are tax deductible.