Is Susan G. Komen a Complete Failure?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 07/26/2011

Martinsburg, WV – We like to follow up stories we write in order to let you know how things progress with a particular issue and/or organization. Not too long ago Family Policy

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 Council president Jeremy Dys wrote about the Susan G. Komen foundation’s support for Planned Parenthood; I also wrote about the odd partnership between the two organizations.

Neither Jeremy nor I can figure out why Komen is sending money to a group for services they don’t perform (mammograms). And with the very well documented link between abortion and breast cancer the partnership between Komen and Planned Parenthood seems all the more unlikely and odd.

Komen is coming under attack again. This time for news that it regularly sends funds to organizations that conduct embryonic stem cell research.

Embryonic stem cell research is research conducted on human embryos. This is not an ethical form of research because it destroys a living human embryo in order to conduct its research. On the other hand, adult stem cell research is perfectly ethical simply because it uses a living person’s own mature, adult stem cells for research; thereby not killing any living human beings. But that’s not all.

Anyone that has followed stem cell research the last few years, especially the difference between embryonic and adult, will quickly realize that embryonic stem cells have helped no one. Not one person has been helped, saved, cured, or made better by the use of embryonic stem cells (or its research). But in a shocking contrast, thousands of people have been helped through the use of adult stem cells (and its research). This begs the question of why our government, and groups like Komen, continues to fund embryonic stem cell research.

The answer can only be that failure to find a cure is good for business. Let’s face it; if breast cancer is cured Komen is out of business. If researchers using embryonic stem cells actually succeed they will see grants disappear as patients are cured and diseases are wiped out. So it makes sense, in a very twisted business model, to continue funding a failure.

So now you can see why Komen would fund and unethical, human killing form of research. Here’s what they gave:

“…donations from Komen totaling $3.75 million to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, $4.5 million to the University of Kansas Medical Center, $1 million to the U.S. National Cancer Institute, $1 million to the Society for Women’s Health Research, and $600,000 to Yale University. Looking at those institutions, Yale not only engages in embryonic stem cell research but, in 2006, came under federal investigation for apparently mismanaging federal stem cell research grants. Also, a Johns Hopkins researcher also came under fire in December 2008 for trashing peer-reviewed research showing abortion’s link to negative mental health issues and problems for women. And the National Cancer Institute has been repeatedly blasted by pro-life advocates for denying the abortion-breast cancer link exists.”

So not only is Komen going to deny the breast cancer-abortion link, they are going to give money to Planned Parenthood for services PP doesn’t perform, and they are going to fund a failing, unethical form of research. Way to go Komen.

Just in case you need proof that adult stem cell research is amazingly successful and moving forward in helping people every day, you can check out this story on how adult stem cells improved patients facing a life threatening condition. Or you can read here about how adult stem cells relieve heart pain. Maybe you want to read this story of how adult stem cells are helping to cure AIDS. Or, and this one is downright amazing, you can read this story of how adult stem cells helped create a new trachea to save a cancer patient’s life. When you’re done with those you can click here for a long list of medical breakthroughs and successes using adult stem cells.

Let’s tally the score, for clarity. Adult stem cells: advancing cures and saving lives in nearly every aspect of the medical field. Embryonic stem cells: zip, nada, nothing, complete and utter failure.

Whose corner would you be in, and whose research would you fund?

About Nathan Cherry

Nathan Cherry is the chief editor and blogger for the Engage Family Minute blog, the official blog of the FPCWV. He serves also as the Regional Development Coordinator as a liaison to the pastor's of West Virginia. He is a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-religious freedom conservative. He is also a husband, father, pastor, author, musician, and follower of Jesus Christ.

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