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My Mother Died From Breast Cancer, But I Won’t Support Komen
Life News ^ | 10/25/11 | Suzanne Ward

Posted on 10/25/2011 4:15:56 PM PDT by wagglebee

In May 1990,  my mother lost her 7 year battle with breast cancer at the age of 57.  It was an unspeakable loss for me.

My father and I cared for her together at home until the end.  For many years following, I generously supported Susan G. Komen and Race for the Cure.  Each year, my family would walk in memory of my mother and to honor others who still struggled.

A few years later, my eyes were opened to the irony of the Komen/Planned Parenthood Connection and I withdrew my support.

First, I understood that Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the world.  Second, I realized that abortion had been linked to breast cancer for years and the research continued to become more clear. And third, I learned that Susan G. Komen contributed over $3 million dollars to Planned Parenthood between 2003 and 2008.

Even today, I remain dumbstruck at the continued relationship between Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood. For 25 years now, October has been a time to help raise awareness of the impact of breast cancer.  This October, let’s help spread the word about a leading cause of breast cancer – abortion.

Komen and Planned Parenthood continue to deny the abortion-breast cancer link, despite numerous studies that clearly show the following:

According to the most recent data available from the Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood), Planned Parenthood did over 25 percent of all abortions in the United States in 2008, a total of 324,008 abortions. In that same year, they performed zero mammograms. In spite of these facts and the urging of Eve Silver, a member of Komen’s Latino Advisory Committee, Komen continues to fund Planned Parenthood.  In 2010 alone, Komen donated $569,000.

For more information:

Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood       Komen’s Dark Side 

To support prolife research and education:

Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer       Breast Cancer Prevention Institute

LifeNews.com Note:  Suzanne Ward serves as the Education/Public Relations Director for Georgia Right to Life.  As a medical ultra-sonographer for over 30 years, she has witnessed the widespread devastation that both abortion and breast cancer cause.


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KEYWORDS: abortion; breastcancer; komen; komenforthekill; moralabsolutes; prolife
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Komen is collecting money and using it to help kill women AND increase the risks of breast cancer.
1 posted on 10/25/2011 4:16:01 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 10/25/2011 4:16:50 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 10/25/2011 4:18:36 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
Thank you so much for this! I wish this information was out in the general public as I see more and more arenas supporting Komen’s. No one seems to know the tie in .
4 posted on 10/25/2011 4:22:13 PM PDT by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: wagglebee

I guess they think it’s job security for them????

I have become so irritated at the very sight of those pink ribbons that I’ve launched into a few dissertations this month. I hope I educated a few people in the interim.

The public really needs to turn their collective back on SGK. SGK is a sleazy, evil, dishonest “charity” that should go by the wayside.


5 posted on 10/25/2011 4:23:32 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: wagglebee

It astounds me how many companies are promoting Komen.

Even Lowes has a “pink” section of flowers labeled with the Komen pink ribbon.


6 posted on 10/25/2011 4:23:50 PM PDT by moovova (Report my sarcastic, fear-mongering lies to www.AttackWatch.com by clicking HERE.)
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To: wagglebee

Susan G. Komen’s sister started this “charity” - the sister is doing quite well financially because of it.... The sister, imho, is the quintessential opportunist and has used her sibling’s death to promote her own agenda.


7 posted on 10/25/2011 4:27:16 PM PDT by khnyny (Our government has become Hal in "2001 A Space Odyssey")
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To: GOP Poet; surroundedbyblue; moovova
The irony is that so many people believe that Komen is the only organization working to end breast cancer and that is patently false.

Additionally, whenever I express my distaste for Komen I'm accused of not "understanding" how horrible breast cancer is. The truth is that I'm not aware of a single person, myself included, that hasn't had multiple relatives and close friends with breast cancer.

8 posted on 10/25/2011 4:28:40 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: khnyny
Susan Komen's sister is Nancy Brinker who is quite wealthy in her own right (her former husband is Norman Brinker, the founder and chairman of Brinker International which owns Chili's, Maggiano's and several other restaurant chains). She also had very high-profile positions in the George W. Bush administration.
9 posted on 10/25/2011 4:33:55 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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10 posted on 10/25/2011 4:36:08 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: wagglebee
I walked out of a coffee shop recently. They offered two varieties, dark roast and light roast. The light roast had the pink ribbon, the dark roast did not. When I asked for a dark roast, I was told they were out of dark roast right then and only had light roast available. I told them I did not want any money to go to Komen and said I'd go elsewhere for my coffee. I think they purposely did not make the dark roast so more people would be led to buy the light.

I have told many store clerks why I would not buy any of their merchandise if it was connected to Komen and I have to look hard to find golf balls without the pink ribbon.

I will do without something I want rather than give them a penny.

11 posted on 10/25/2011 4:36:50 PM PDT by MrsPatriot (I prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery.)
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To: wagglebee

Surely there are cancer societies that don’t get themselves tangled up with abortion. Those would be more worthy recipients of memorial walk funds and the like. Why has the Komen cause polluted itself like this. With or without the irony that prematurely terminated pregnancies increase the vulnerability of women to getting breast cancers later in life.


12 posted on 10/25/2011 4:37:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: MrsPatriot

Or more straightforwardly they sold out of dark roast because most people wanted it.


13 posted on 10/25/2011 4:38:05 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: wagglebee

My wife has battled breast cancer since 1996. She does not support Komen.


14 posted on 10/25/2011 4:38:27 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: wagglebee

I’ve seen this data many times before and a cause and effect relationship is undeniable... My question is: Are there multiple types of breast cancer and if so can abortion related/hormonal triggers be attributed to a particular variety of cancer?


15 posted on 10/25/2011 4:38:43 PM PDT by Neidermeyer
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To: wagglebee

•The breast is the only organ not fully developed at birth
•The breast is NEVER mature until after 32 weeks of pregnancy
•Interruption of a pregnancy before 32 weeks leaves cancer prone lobules exposed to the DNA damaging effects of estrogen, a hormone that causes breast cell proliferation
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Hate the pink ribbons too. Most breast cancer survivors I know do not let it define them. They feel blessed and move on.

In the 60’s & 70’s breast feeding was discouraged and drugs administered following childbirth to ‘dry up the breast milk’. Have often questioned what chemicals/hormones were used and if that might have facilitated cancer growth. Breast feeding is back in vogue. Wonder if there are comparitive studies.


16 posted on 10/25/2011 4:40:22 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Cain - touching the better angels of our nature.)
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To: wagglebee

Yes, a lot of grocery chains have gone into the collecting for charity thing. When you check out you’re asked to give one dollar to whatever.

Last time it was breast cancer. I asked the clerk what particular organization the drive supported. She didn’t know but checked. Turned ut it was the Komen.

I explained why I don’t donate to them and everyone around was shocked but agreed with me.


17 posted on 10/25/2011 4:41:07 PM PDT by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: wagglebee

Maybe somebody has the numbers. It would seem, like you said, that Ms. Brinker would be a wealthy woman, Komen foundation or no. But for her to receive more than nominal amounts from the Komen foundation would be improper, and probably she should be returning those.


18 posted on 10/25/2011 4:41:41 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: moovova

My company is in full push mode for this event...tailgate party ahead...everyones wearing pink...(I’m not)...and every morning management stands up to promote it heavily.

My work associates cannot understand why I am not supporting this “good” cause when so many people have family members or friends who have lost loved ones to cancer. I thus far have simply said I don’t care to participate....which astounds them since I have had three bouts with cancer in my lifetime.

Komen is just another money grabbing organization...did nothing for me nor were any available to assit....I was simply put thru to one line after another line and another and another....it was like being in a telephone referral ferriswheel!


19 posted on 10/25/2011 4:43:43 PM PDT by caww
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To: Sans-Culotte

Maybe this is idealistic to ask, but why could there not be a clamor for the Komen foundation to purify its operations? If you give to fight breast cancer, by golly it should go to fight breast cancer, and not do squat for abortions (even by freeing up money for abortions).


20 posted on 10/25/2011 4:44:08 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: wagglebee

if it’s any comfort to fembots who push this crap

men get prostate cancer at a much higher rate and die too

that should make some of them content

..not as good as castrating us might sound to them but it helps I’m sure


21 posted on 10/25/2011 4:44:16 PM PDT by wardaddy (This GOP field sux)
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To: moovova

our local grocery store always asks me if I want to donate to sg komen, and I always say only when they stop supporting abortion will i donate- I always get a look and have to explain myself


22 posted on 10/25/2011 4:45:02 PM PDT by mriguy67
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To: wagglebee

Komen is supported by the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society so therefore has NEVER received any support from me.

I support nothing that uses false information to push an agenda, most especially fake science.


23 posted on 10/25/2011 4:45:43 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: wagglebee
First, I understood that Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the world.

IMHO, the Communist Chinese gov't is the largest abortion provider in the world (but I'm not meaning to downplay the scoundrels at Planned Parenthood - don't get me wrong).

24 posted on 10/25/2011 4:46:26 PM PDT by bkopto (Obama is merely a symptom of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: bkopto

This probably means in the “free world.”

In China it isn’t even a choice if bringing the pregnancy to term would enlarge the family past state restrictions.


25 posted on 10/25/2011 4:48:14 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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Some breast cancers are attributable to a genetic predisposition. I don’t remember what the gene is, but it’s the cause of most aggressive breast cancers early in life. In general, breast cancer incidence is closely correlated with a woman’s history of childbearing and breastfeeding, including abortion and miscarriage. (Some studies have indicated that induced abortion is uniquely harmful, because many miscarriages are the result of inadequate hormone production or have that as an outcome.)

Even if there were no connection between abortion and breast cancer, there is also no connection between Planned Parenthood and breast cancer prevention, research, or treatment. Surely the financial support of this organization by the Komen Foundation is deliberate and ideological.


26 posted on 10/25/2011 4:49:09 PM PDT by Tax-chick (You can tell them I just sailed away.)
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To: Gabz

What has the Lung Association done to gain your ire? Preach that smoking kills?


27 posted on 10/25/2011 4:49:21 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: wagglebee

Same here but my mom didn’t make it a year.


28 posted on 10/25/2011 4:50:03 PM PDT by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: surroundedbyblue
The public really needs to turn their collective back on SGK. SGK is a sleazy, evil, dishonest “charity” that should go by the wayside.

So are the American Lung Association and American Cancer Society. Both support SGK and both are sleazy, evil, and dishonest. Also neither should be considered a "charity."

29 posted on 10/25/2011 4:51:22 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: sodpoodle
Hate the pink ribbons too. Most breast cancer survivors I know do not let it define them. They feel blessed and move on.

Yep...that would be me too...you go thru it to get on the other side...and 'life' then moves forward....and it is grand to be alive!

30 posted on 10/25/2011 4:52:57 PM PDT by caww
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To: MrsPatriot
I have to look hard to find golf balls without the pink ribbon.

I've got plenty without them, however they mostly have tobacco logos on them.

31 posted on 10/25/2011 4:57:04 PM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort.)
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To: wagglebee

bttt


32 posted on 10/25/2011 4:57:46 PM PDT by Scotswife
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To: HiTech RedNeck

A friend who’s a breast cancer survivor participates in the Avon Walk. Below is a link to their grants. I perused several pages, and it SEEMS to be geared to providing funds to cancer centers and local community programs that provide breast cancer patient support/diagnostics services for the poor, etc. I didn’t see any Avon Walk money going to Komen or PP.

http://www.avonfoundation.org/financials.html


33 posted on 10/25/2011 5:02:21 PM PDT by EDINVA (We Can't Wait, either)
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To: wagglebee

My mother, who had five children, died of breast cancer in 1969 when I was almost 23. Cancer runs in my family, but I would never support SGK in any way. I know a useful idiot when I seen one.


34 posted on 10/25/2011 5:06:43 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Gabz

That certainly sounds dubious of a “Lung” association. If fighting cancer has logically little to do with promoting abortion, then fighting the spectrum of lung diseases (cancer and otherwise) has even less logically to do with it.

What a shame, since both these charities have such a high profile and they are what the average person would think of when suddenly faced with the issue.

(Still, smoking can easily be carried to the point that it kills. Duck’n & runn’n.)


35 posted on 10/25/2011 5:12:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: HiTech RedNeck

As far as I know, most if not all of these orgs (American Cancer, American Lung, Alzheimer’s Association, etc) support the destruction of embryos for “research and development”. Same as abortion, in my opinion.


36 posted on 10/25/2011 5:15:46 PM PDT by surroundedbyblue (Live the message of Fatima - pray & do penance!)
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To: wagglebee

You are correct!


37 posted on 10/25/2011 5:19:47 PM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: surroundedbyblue

I can see how, for the unsophisticated, it would seem “any port in a storm.” But almost all the human successes have come with non embryonic stem cells, and for the development of others there are always animal subjects, about which humane slaughter is never objected to. Why don’t we always hear about this wonderful embryonic stem cell technique which is saving the life of cats or dogs, say? Why do the first guinea pigs for that always seem to be humans?


38 posted on 10/25/2011 5:23:13 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: wagglebee

this organization is a marketing machine.

They CLAIM “for the cure” so NOBODY else is allowed, theoretically, to have a 5k for the cure or “marathon for the cure” or “picnic for the cure”.

I remember statements where komen has some astronomical administrative expense. essentially most of their money goes to raise more money.


39 posted on 10/25/2011 5:28:13 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: wagglebee

The breast is the only organ not fully developed at birth

Credibility would be better without glaring errors like this.

Brain isn’t fully developed either.


40 posted on 10/25/2011 5:29:38 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

kickbacks and consulting fees make any salary giveback a joke.


41 posted on 10/25/2011 5:33:08 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: longtermmemmory

And that would be a temptation greater than many mortals could withstand. Still, is that actually the bulk of her wealth?


42 posted on 10/25/2011 5:38:09 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: TASMANIANRED

Yes, and neither is skin, IIRC.


43 posted on 10/25/2011 5:39:11 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: TASMANIANRED

... still it is AN organ which is not completely developed at birth, and which has thus and such characteristics as described. It’s a relatively trivial fix. It ought to be made, but still it’s trivial.


44 posted on 10/25/2011 5:40:42 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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To: longtermmemmory

As if there would be a single, “the” cure. From all that doctors know about cancer, it is a many-uglied thing representing a cornucopia of cellular dysfunction.

You can have marches for “a cure” or for “cures.”


45 posted on 10/25/2011 5:42:58 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (There's gonna be a Redneck Revolution! (See my freep page) [rednecks come in many colors])
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47 posted on 10/25/2011 6:06:17 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: wagglebee

80% of the monies collected by Komen foundations stay local with 20% going to Komen for administrative cost. Local/state foundations determine who they give their 80% to in the form of grants. None of the 20% goes for grants.

In Mississippi not one penny goes to Planned parenthood but is used to support Operation Bloom, which provides screening and mammograms to areas w/o access or people who cannot afford it.

Not to say that there are not other or better organizations who raise funds for breast cancer but before giving to Komen, you may want to check with your local/state Komen Foundation.


48 posted on 10/25/2011 6:10:23 PM PDT by realmagnolia
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To: caww

I had breast cancer and spent a full year undergoing treatment at our excellent cancer center. I saw no help from Susan B Komen anywhere in the center. The American Cancer Society was everywhere.
Their volunteers were always in the waiting room waiting for people they drove back and forth to appointments. They have a store that gives away wigs. They run a group to help people connect with others who have cancer.
I will continue to donate to them.


49 posted on 10/25/2011 6:29:20 PM PDT by sheana
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To: sheana

No doubt the cancer society has their “volunteers” and their “donations” of wigs etc. to assist. Usually these are run by “volunteers” within the salon industry. The same goes for the “drivers”.

The groups one visits are generally people crying on each others shoulders...did nothing for me, I wanted answers and coping techniques to see me thru the treatments in the best way possible. That was NOT at at these meetings...after the second one I did not return...they were terribly depressing hearing people’s problems and only brought me down.

So where’s all the money going?


50 posted on 10/26/2011 4:28:34 AM PDT by caww
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