by Nathan A. Cherry, 02/06/2012
Martinsburg, WV – It’s not often I post an open letter for our readers. But this one is both informative and speaks to the issues taking place with Susan G. Komen and their recent decision to defund Planned Parenthood. I have talked with a number of people that are confused or have been misinformed about the decision and are not sure exactly what is taking place. This letter I believe helps to clarify the situation and speak truth to the legitimacy of why it was necessary to defund Planned Parenthood.
Take a few moments to read Dr. Nadal’s letter – especially the last two paragraphs. Dr. Nadal is one of America’s most prolific pro-life writers. His blog is widely respected for integrating science with the pro-life movement to show how life begins at conception and should be defended from that time to natural death. You will no doubt be blessed by this article, encouraged by Komen’s decision, and equipped to discuss intelligently on the topic should it arise in your day.
An Open Letter to Susan G. Komen Founder, Nancy Brinker
by Gerard Nadal, Ph.D.
Dear Ms. Brinker,
As one who has been at odds with SGK over your organization’s funding of Planned Parenthood, I write today to offer you my heartfelt gratitude and congratulations for the principled and prudential position that you have taken in defunding Planned Parenthood.
Having lost many family members to cancer, and having several close friends experience the ravages of breast cancer, I’ve experienced this issue intimately and laud you for making good on your deathbed promise to your sister, Susan. You have done what so many researchers could only dream of.
You have rallied an entire nation around women and the disease that strikes fear not only into their hearts, but into the hearts of the men who love them passionately. You have raised hundreds of millions of research dollars and in so doing have advanced the understanding of molecular medicine in the field of oncology far beyond where it would be today, but for your foundation’s single-mindedness of purpose.
In all of that focus on research, you have not forgotten the women of today who lack the means for appropriate breast screening utilizing state of the art mammography, and the need for younger women to be educated in prevention. Toward that end, it is my understanding that you and Planned Parenthood saw a shared mission and purpose in the field of women’s health where breast cancer screening and prevention were concerned.
Many of us heard of your largesse in funding breast screenings at Planned Parenthood, screenings which we were told included mammograms. Tragically, we have come to know that Planned Parenthood lied about performing mammograms, and in so doing took money from SGK that might have otherwise benefited women through mammography elsewhere, or through additional research.
Over the past few years, repeated sting operations have time and again caught Planned Parenthood acting with treachery:
Lying about performing mammograms.
Aiding in what they perceived to be the sex trafficking of minors.
Suborning lies from perceived minors to skirt reporting of statutory rape.
Lying about the developmental status of the baby they were about to abort.
And on, and on…
SGK’s February 1, 2012 statement of clarification speaks very clearly as to why the defunding took place:
We are dismayed and extremely disappointed that actions we have taken to strengthen our granting process have been widely mischaracterized. It is necessary to set the record straight.
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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.