by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/27/2012
Informed people make informed decisions. At least that’s the theory. One of our goals is to make sure you stay informed on critical matters so you can make informed decisions. In particular I am talking about decisions on where you will spend your money. I have a list of places I won’t patron because of their open, vocal position on issues like abortion, homosexuality, and marriage redefinition. I have another list of places I try to support often for the same reasons. And I try to stay informed.
By now everyone knows about the Susan G. Komen for the Cure partnership with Planned Parenthood and that many, including myself, have refused to take part in their fundraisers or support them. Yes, they do some great work in seeking to find an end to breast cancer, but, ironically, by giving to Planned Parenthood they are helping women become more susceptible to breast cancer through abortion. Go figure.
Another group that has recently surfaced on many people’s watch list is the American Cancer Society (ACS). According to one recent article the ACS is similar to Komen for funding Planned Parenthood, but there’s more to it than that. LifeNews.com reports:
“…the anti-life actions of the ACS go beyond some Planned Parenthood support. Sometimes we equate Planned Parenthood with abortion. While it’s the number one provider in our nation, by no means is this the only enemy of LIFE. Another major life issue today is the use of embryonic stem cell research, in which human embryos are used for research instead of being given a chance to develop into life, and it’s here that the ACS has its hands bloody as well.”
I find it unfortunate and sad that an organization seeking to end cancer would contribute to a group that performs procedures that are linked to cancer. The mountain of evidence linking abortion to cancer is an elephant in the room Planned Parenthood doesn’t want to acknowledge. But it’s an elephant that’s getting bigger rather than going away.
Why any organization claiming to be about life would embrace a complete failure like embryonic stem cell research is beyond me. To date not one person has ever been helped through embryonic stem cell research. And even though thousands have a been helped and cured through adult stem cell research the government and organizations like ACS continue to fund a failure that destroys human life.
ACS is not considered a pro-life group for a number of reasons, including:
- Support for human embryonic stem cell research
- Grant funding at facilities known prominently for human embryonic stem cell research
- Grant funding for morally questionable research
- Grant funding to Planned Parenthood
- Referrals to Planned Parenthood as a health information/education resource
- Donations to the Lance Armstrong LiveStrong Global Cancer Campaign (see entry for LiveStrong)
- Failure to acknowledge the link between previously induced abortion and risk for breast cancer
- Suggested fertility options including IVF, embryo freezing, egg/sperm donation and surrogacy
So I will add the American Cancer Society to my list of organizations that I won’t support until they sever ties with Planned Parenthood and move away from practices that destroy life.
On another note, a victory for life and a court precedent for defunding Planned Parenthood was won in Texas where the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a new Texas law defunding Planned Parenthood is allowed to take effect. The law was blocked form being implemented by a lower Texas court, but the 5th Circuit overturned the decision to allow the defunding to proceed. The fight isn’t over as Planned Parenthood is sure to continue litigating the case. But for now a victory and precedent have been set and more states need to follow suit.
Hey, West Virginia, now that you are informed, how about following suit!
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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.