Ignoring the evidence

You’ve probably seen or heard the ads promoting the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Race for the Cure — the well-produced commercials featuring women in pink athletic gear holding up pictures of their mom, their aunt, their sister or their friend who struggled with and maybe even died from breast cancer. The television and radio spots evoke a lot of emotion, because most of us know someone touched by breast cancer. The ads are running now, and planning meetings for the races, which will be held throughout the country, are taking place even as you read this. 

Given that research shows more than 240,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 alone, it’s no surprise that people of good will and with heartfelt intentions want to rally for a cure. 

Many, however, have no idea that supporting the Susan G. Komen Organization is doing more harm than good. Why? Because in addition to “racing for a cure for breast cancer,” Susan G. Komen sends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to Planned Parenthood. In a November 2009 statement, the foundation said it gives the funds only for breast health education, screening and treatment programs. 

Planned Parenthood is the No. 1 provider of abortions in the country, and the Komen Foundation refuses to issue warnings to women concerning a major risk factor, despite the growing evidence of its existence — the link between abortion and breast cancer. 

Karen Malec, with the Abortion Breast Cancer Coalition (www.abortionbreastcancer.com) and a regular contributor to my radio program, works hard to get the word out to anyone who will listen. Very few, if any, secular media outlets will give her the time of day. So, she works through the Internet and as many Christian media outlets as she can. 

Last month, I interviewed Malec regarding the latest scandal in this ongoing saga of denial among major breast cancer research groups. This one involves a researcher who previously denied the link. Dr. Louise Brinton, with the National Cancer Institute, reversed her decision and is now finally admitting that abortion does indeed raise a woman’s risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer. The study found that abortion raises breast cancer risk by 40 percent. This study also looked at the connection between oral contraceptives and breast cancer. And while a few research organizations do admit to a problem with contraceptives, they won’t touch the abortion issue with a 10-foot pole. Malec said the study itself is old news, but the big story that should be making headlines is the denial by Komen and other similar groups who claim to be searching for a cure. 

“Although the study was published nine months ago, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and other cancer fundraising businesses have made no efforts to reduce breast cancer rates by issuing national warnings to women,” Malec said.

It doesn’t take, as I like to say, a rocket scientist or a Rhodes scholar to figure out that there just might be a connection here. According to the Abortion Breast Cancer Coalition, more than two dozen out of 32 studies show a link between abortion and breast cancer. And there are more than a million abortions performed annually in this country. 

Yet major foundations and organizations supposedly dedicated to helping breast cancer patients refuse to acknowledge the evidence, even when one of their own speaks out. 

Until we get these groups to admit the truth, these so-called “Race for the Cure” events are heading nowhere fast. 

Teresa Tomeo is the host of Catholic Connection, produced by Ave Maria Radio and heard daily on EWTN Global Catholic Radio and Sirius Channel 160.