Race for the breast cancer cure. It sounded like a compassionate thing to do. That is, until I discovered, a few days before the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Perth Amboy on Saturday, Sept. 24, that part of the organization’s proceeds go to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest provider of abortion services.
According to the Life Issues Institute, “the money is supposed to be directed to breast health care screenings. However, donors cannot control how an organization designates its funds. Therefore, money donated for a specific service, i.e. breast health care, directly frees up funds to support other areas of an organization’s agenda, such as abortion services.”
Susan G. Komen for the Cure also endorses embryonic stem cell research. Many other charities have adopted a similar stance. This is the case despite the fact that adult stem cells have a proven track record of providing cures. Experimentation on human embryos is morally unacceptable.
Many of the organizers and participants in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure most likely were unaware of its link to Planned Parenthood. If any of them are pro-life, such knowledge would have made all the difference in their support of alive but unborn children.
A world free of the devastation of cancer and other illnesses is something that everyone would like to attain. Money for vital research is necessary to make this vision a reality, but we should not destroy the human lives of some while trying to save others. Sadly, we are living in an age when even our charities must be scrutinized before we make contributions to them.
Marianne Zanko Komek
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