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Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood – What’s the Big Deal?

When I see the pink “breast cancer” ribbon on a product’s label, I look for the words “Susan G. Komen for the Cure.” And if those words are there, I grab a different brand.

Heartless? Let me explain my reasons, and I’ll let you decide.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

A few days ago, the Susan G. Komen Foundation (best known for breast cancer research) decided to stop giving grants to another organization called Planned Parenthood (best known for conducting abortions). This caused an emotional uproar that littered the media, Facebook, and blogs for days.

The pro-life community stood by Komen in the decision, sending so many donations that Komen reported giving was up 100%! Nevertheless, yesterday, Komen offered a confusing apology, which many interpreded as a reverse on their stance. Actually, it was just an apology; but the problem is that they still haven’t given any indication that funds are permanently cut off from Planned Parenthood. As far as I can tell, it’s still only temporary.

Let me be clear: As controversial as I know this is, Komen won’t be seeing any of my support until they can definitively say that the relationship is over with Planned Parenthood.  

“But,” you might say, “Komen wasn’t paying for abortions—they were paying for breast cancer screenings.” That’s true, but think about this for a second…

Suppose I started a charity that helped the poor. You might want to give to my charity because it looks like a noble cause. But what if you found out that my charity gave grants that supported social programs operated by the Nazi party? You’d stop giving me money in a heartbeat! Why? Because everybody knows that Nazis are evil. They believe in killing innocent people. Who cares if they might be helping a few? Who cares if my money is designated and earmarked for social programs and not for genocide?

Supporting one aspect of their work silently approves of all of it!

See the problem?

Too many Americans don’t see abortion as the atrocity that it is. And many of those who do claim to have a conscience about it are too cowardly to take a stance against it. “I don’t personally agree with abortion,” they say, “but I do believe that a woman should have the right to choose what she does with her own body.”

A two-month-old fetus

Where's the baby's right to choose what happens to his or her body? You do realize the baby has different DNA and is therefore not the woman's body, right?

Why is killing a baby perfectly legal when she’s inside a person and disgustingly illegal moments after she is born? A baby in the trash can outside your house makes you a psychopath; but a baby in the trash can outside an abortion clinic is a “compassionate social program.” Feeling a little sick to your stomach yet?

I hope so. Abortion is not a political issue. It is not a religious issue. Abortion is a human rights issue. Innocent people are being killed, and others are silently watching—even approving.

And I wonder if you knew this wonderful little fact: Planned Parenthood was specifically founded with the purpose of eliminating poor minorities so that they wouldn’t outnumber the so-called “superior” (primarily white) affluent Americans. That’s why Planned Parenthood clinics are found in low-income neighborhoods. That’s why they spread their propaganda primarily to minorities and the poor.

That sounds like an outrageous claim, but consider the evidence.

Margaret Sanger, Visionary behind Planned Parenthood
Margaret Sanger

Planned Parenthood’s chief founder and first president, Margaret Sanger, stated that the purpose of the organization was “to stop the multiplication of the unfit.” On page 102 of her work The Pivot of Civilization, Sanger wrote, “. . . we prefer the policy of immediate sterilization, of making sure that parenthood is ‘absolutely prohibited’ to the feeble-minded.


In 1915, Sanger published some of her views in a pamphlet, saying:

It is a vicious cycle; ignorance breeds poverty and poverty breeds ignorance. There is only one cure for both, and that is to stop breeding these things. Stop bringing to birth children whose inheritance cannot be one of health or intelligence. Stop bringing into the world children whose parents cannot provide for them. Herein lies the key of civilization.

Planned Parenthood’s early years even had some interesting connections with Nazi eugenics, making my analogy from earlier not too far from the truth. (A concise and well-footnoted history of Planned Parenthood and their underlying mission can be read at The History of Planned Parenthood, by Mike Perry.)

Planned Parenthood

"But that was back then," you say. "Planned Parenthood doesn't agree with Margaret Sanger's racist, elitist, and bigoted views anymore, right?"

Well, consider what Planned Parenthood's current web site states:

"Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, is one of the movement's great heroes. Sanger's early efforts remain the hallmark of Planned Parenthood's mission..." (Source: Planned Parenthood: History and Successes).

If you disapprove of a person’s views, then you disassociate yourself from their name. I don’t see any reputable organizations offering an “Adolf Hitler Award.” But since 1966, Planned Parenthood’s “highest honor” is the Margaret Sanger Award. The most recent recipient listed on their web site was U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, who said upon receiving the award, “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously, her courage, her tenacity, her vision… When I think about what she did all those years ago in Brooklyn, taking on archetypes, taking on attitudes and accusations flowing from all directions, I am really in awe of her.”

I wonder why Sanger is so lauded as a wonderful, awe-inspiring person? If you read her writings, you will be disgusted like I am. She didn’t hide her perspectives, but her pub