Susan G. Komen Cuts Walks in 7 Cities

After the PR disaster of last year, the Susan G. Komen foundation has been relatively quiet. The breast cancer research group sought to cut funding from Planned Parenthood, a move which pro-life organizations hailed as a victory. But after a media frenzy fueled by Planned Parenthood ensued, Komen reversed its decision and decided to continue funding an organization that contributes to the cause of breast caner through abortion. Pro-life people nationwide (myself included) have boycott Komen ever since. Now the group says it is cutting fundraising walks in 7 cities nationwide:

“A Komen spokeswoman said in an email that participation in the three-day walks declined by 37 percent in the past four years, without specifying whether that was the number of participants or dollars raised. The group decided to remove the cities from next year’s schedule that have not been meeting fundraising goals, the spokeswoman said.” Who said actions don’t have consequences. Click here for original article.

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.

New Book Seeks to Expose Planned Parenthood

by Nathan A. Cherry, 08/15/2012

If anyone knows the inside scoop on just how much of a bully Planned Parenthood is, Karen Handle, the former executive at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is that person. After helping to develop a grant funding strategy that sought to best use the funds Komen received, the organization announced that Planned Parenthood would no longer receive funding from Komen because they did not do mammograms. After all, Komen was sending funds to Planned Parenthood for mammograms and the abortion business doesn’t even perform the service. So it seems legitimate that Komen would send funds for mammograms to other groups that actually perform the service. What followed was nothing short of a bullying campaign by Planned Parenthood and the media. Now, after stepping aside so Komen can refocus on their mission, Handel is releasing a book that aims to set the record straight and expose Planned Parenthood for what they really are: bullies. Click here for original article.

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.

Planned Parenthood Engages in “40 Days of Prayer” for Abortion!?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/25/2012

Flier for 40 days of prayer for abortionPlanned Parenthood has been repeatedly accused and found guilty (even if only in public opinion) of perpetrating some low-down and absolutely reprehensible things. Their reputation as the nation’s largest abortion merchant and for covering up illegal activity (like sex-trafficking, parental consent laws etc.) is well documented; not to mention their recent bullying of the Susan G. Komen foundation after Komen initially decided to defund Planned Parenthood. This criminal organization is no stranger to dirty tricks and tactics to get what they want. But their most recent endeavor is so profane it makes me sick.

We are all familiar with the “40 Days for Life” campaign that seeks to rescue soon-to-be-aborted babies through intercessory prayer and sidewalk counseling. Every year thousands of innocent lives are saved through this campaign. And now Planned Parenthood has decided to copycat the campaign for its own purposes; namely, killing children.

According to several news sources, including this one from TheBlaze.com and this one from LifeNews.com, a California affiliate of Planned Parenthood is teaming up with pro-abortion clergy and other pro-abortion groups to carry out the campaign.

Some of the prayers found in fliers and brochures associated with the campaign say:

Day1: Today we pray for women for whom pregnancy is not good news, that they know they have choices.

Day 2: Today we pray for compassionate religious voices to speak out for the dignity and autonomy of women.

Day 31: Today we pray for all discrimination against women to cease.

Day 32: Today we pray for an end to the stigma perpetrated against women who have abortions.

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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.

Komen Apologizes for “Mistake” of Defunding Planned Parenthood

by Nathan A. Cherry, 04/16/2012

Komen Planned Parenthood logoIn the space of just a few shorts weeks the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation went on a roller coaster ride in the court of public opinion. And while many people think the ride is over, it might be that it’s just beginning. And where this crazy ride stops is, at this point, anyone’s guess.

You might remember all the drama that started earlier this year when Komen announced they were no longer funding Planned Parenthood through its grant program. This was a long-awaited announcement for pro-lifers that had a hard time understanding how a breast cancer awareness group could support an organization that performs procedures (abortion) which have been linked to breast cancer. It seems counter-productive at best. Click here for article links covering the Komen fiasco.

With all that’s happened it comes as no surprise that Komen had laid low and done everything possible to avoid media attention; even going so far as to skip their annual lobbying day at Congress. And while pundits speculate on whether this move signals that Komen is still reeling from the beating they took at the hands of the media and Planned Parenthood, Komen quietly let Congress know that they still seek funding. But first, Komen president Nancy Brinker was sure to apologize for their recent “mistakes,” as Lifenews.com reports:

“In the past few months, we made mistakes that ultimately raised questions in the community about our commitment to the mission of saving lives,” Brinker wrote. “We take full responsibility for these missteps and we extend our deepest apologies. Our commitment to ending breast cancer for all women remains unwavering and sincere.”

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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.

Did You know Komen Made Another Shocking Decision?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 02/07/2012

Komen for the Cure pink ribbonMartinsburg, WV – At the risk of sounding like I’m beating a dead horse – though I suppose I would not be the only one – there’s more good news coming from the Komen decision to defund Planned Parenthood. It is important news because it relates to another ongoing struggle that pro-lifers are slowly but surely winning: stem cell research.

Let’s recap quickly to make sure we’re on the same page. First, Susan G. Komen decided last week to defund Planned Parenthood sending shock waves across the country in a startling decision that left Planned Parenthood stuttering for an explanation while pro-life advocates gave each other a high-five and sent thanks to Komen for finally doing what has needed done for a long time. Next, the researchers behind “Dolly” the sheep, cloning, and embryonic stem cell (ESC) research recently decided to end their ESC research in favor of Adult Stem Cell research; a decision that once again shocked many and excited many others.

These two decisions are major victories for the pro-life movement that is sweeping across America. Contrary to what you might see and hear in the mainstream media, the majority of our country is pro-life. Most people in America want, in the very least, much tighter abortion laws, an end to tax-payer funded abortion, and conscience protections. These are all things the Obama administration has fought against; giving more money than ever before – nearly $500 million – to Planned Parenthood in the last year. So these decisions are major blows to pro-abortion advocates and the Obama administration.

And lest you be misinformed, it has recently been reported that unlike what major news outlets are reporting, the decision by Komen to defund Planned Parenthood is not temporary and based on the outcome of the federal investigation currently taking place. Lifenews.com reports that this is a permanent decision:

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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.

Open Letter to Komen from Dr. Gerard Nadal

by Nathan A. Cherry, 02/06/2012

Komen Pink RibbonMartinsburg, 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.

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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.

I’m So Angry at Komen – Might Not Be the Best Response

by Nathan A. Cherry, 02/04/2012

Komen pink ribbonMartinsburg, WV – Maybe you’ve felt a wide range of emotions this week in light of the Susan G. Komen media circus that’s taken place. First we were shocked with happiness at the decision to defund Planned Parenthood and it seemed another giant step in the fight to defend life had been taken. Then the backlash started against Komen for their decision; and it wasn’t pretty – then again abortion isn’t a pretty thing so when pro-abortion advocates are upset it tends to be an ugly sight. Then out of the blue we start seeing headlines that Komen has reversed their decision and will keep funding Planned Parenthood.

Whew…it’s been a wild few days and I am exhausted. But, there is a lot of misinformation out there and it needs to be cleared up before we go any further.

If you missed it, I highly encourage you to read this article by FPCWV president Jeremy Dys. Jeremy does an excellent job of clearing up some of the confusion taking place. After phone calls and inquiries by friends wanting to know what is going on, I want to take a few moments to try and alleviate anger with what I believe is a win for life.

To get a competent grasp on the events of the last few days I would encourage reading several articles. Specifically, this article from The Blaze reprints Komen for the Cure founder and CEO Nancy Brinker’s media statement on the “reversal.” Another article by Newsmax.com is important because it gives the number of “mammogram referrals” Planned Parenthood did over the last five years. This little number has huge implications. This article from Lifenews.com carries comments by a Komen board member in light of these events. Finally, this article from Citizenlink.com has the reactions of a number of pro-life leaders from across the nation to this confusing news.

So now you’ve read a number of articles and have a better handle on what is taking place. Let me see if I can make a little more sense and clarify why I am – as others have noted – “cautiously optimistic” – about what has taken place.

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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.

BREAKING: Komen Defunds Planned Parenthood – Dissolves Partnership

by Nathan A. Cherry, 02/01/2012

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Has this marriage ended?

Martinsburg, WV – If you pay any attention to the news at all you have read at least one headline in the last 12 hours on the breaking news that Susan G. Komen for the Cure has decided to defund Planned Parenthood and dissolve its relationship with America’s largest abortion business. This news is both shocking and extremely exciting for anyone that has been disappointed by Komen’s ongoing relationship with a business that helps cause the very thing Komen seeks to cure: breast cancer.

So you can just imagine the shock waves rippling through the pro-life world and media as this news continues to be a topic of conversation. You know it must be big news when even Christianity Today posts an article and The Gospel Coalition carries a post on the story. Let me see if I can get you up to speed with what has taken place from a number of reliable sources.

The Blaze is reporting that the main reason for the separation between the two groups is the investigation of Planned Parenthood by Congress that is currently underway. According to the most recent story by The Blaze, Komen’s funding policy does not allow funding to any group that is under investigation on the local, state, or federal level:

“Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress… Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun said the cutoff results from the charity’s newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. According to Komen, this applies to Planned Parenthood because it’s the focus of an inquiry launched by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., seeking to determine whether public money was improperly spent on abortions.”

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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.

Please Do Not Buy This Bible!

Correction (1/4/12): After this article was published and then distributed widely across our statewide network of churches and families, it came to our attention that Lifeway has since stopped this ill-fated project.  You can read more about this error here.  Below is the entire statement from Lifeway’s CEO announcing the error:

We made a mistake.

As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, B&H Publishing Group released to several mass market retailers a Cancer Awareness Bible as a way to place God’s Word into the hands of those suffering through breast cancer. As part of the project, B&H agreed to donate $1 from the sale of each Bible to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for breast health education, screening and treatment programs.

As this project has developed, we realized it was a mistake.

When our leadership discovered the overwhelming concern that some of Komen’s affiliates were giving funds to Planned Parenthood, we began the arduous process of withdrawing this Bible from the market. Though we have assurances that Komen’s funds are used only for breast cancer screening and awareness, it is not in keeping with LifeWay’s core values to have even an indirect relationship with Planned Parenthood.

B&H’s mission to advance the gospel through distribution of God’s Word is unchanged, so we will continue to seek innovative ways that are in keeping with LifeWay’s core values.

Thom S. Rainer
President and CEO
LifeWay Christian Resources

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by Nathan A. Cherry, 01/02/2012

Pink Komen BibleMartinsburg, WV – It probably seems odd to you that a faith based organization such as the Family Policy Council of West Virginia is asking you not to buy a Bible. It might seem even stranger knowing that I am a pastor with many Bibles on my shelves. But let me assure you that there is good reason for me asking you not to buy this very brightly colored pink Bible.

The Bible is a life changing book containing the words of God Almighty. The pages of Scripture have the ability to speak hope into the circumstances of life that each of us are facing. I can think of no better place to find grace, truth, love, and life than in the words of this sacred text. So the idea of buying a Bible and helping support abortion is so appalling to me that I am now asking you not to buy this Bible.

This new Bible comes from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation for breast cancer research in conjunction with Lifeway Christian Stores and B&H Publishing (the publisher known for the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB). You might be thinking that all that sounds well and good considering that Lifeway is the Christian stores of the Southern Baptist Convention and the HCSB Bible is a well-respected modern translation; and you would be right.

The problem here is that the link between Komen and Planned Parenthood has been well established. Komen, in 2010 alone gave more than half a million dollars to Planned Parenthood for “breast cancer screenings and women’s health.” But the truth is that very few (if any) Planned Parenthood clinics actually do mammograms or any other form of breast health examinations. So the money Komen funnels into Planned Parenthood is actually serving to fund abortion.

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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.

Cover Up? Is the Abortion-Breast Cancer Link Being Covered Up?

by Nathan A. Cherry, 10/27/2011

Martinsburg, WV – One thing you can count on here at the Family Policy Council of West Virginia (FPCWV) is our dedication to advancing, defending, and equipping the people of

pink ribbon

Is the pink ribbon helping spread breast cancer?

 West Virginia and the surrounding areas with the information you need to make informed decisions. At times it seems the media and other news outlets almost hide the truth and bury the evidence in order to advance some socio-political agenda.

Consider the evidence showing a link between induced abortion and breast cancer. We’ve talked about this before; you can read what we have previously written here, or here; just to mention a few. We’ve pondered why the abortion industry would cover up such vital information, or deny that a link even exists. And we asked why groups like Susan G. Komen, who are supposedly “racing for a cure” to cancer would give money to a group like Planned Parenthood, when such an obvious link between abortion and breast cancer exists.

We find all of these questions strange and difficult to answer. But the one thing we don’t have a hard time believing is that a link between abortion and breast cancer does exist. In fact, for this writer, this is a concrete fact that is impossible to deny.

Just recently I read a report that says over the last 54 years more than 80% of studies conducted show a positive link between induced abortion and breast cancer. That is a number that is hard for the staunchest skeptic to deny. The report states:

“Since 1957 there has been 66 studies done which looked at the relation of induced abortion and breast cancer, including 53 which showed a positive correlation and 25 that were statistically significant. There were only 13 which showed no association.”

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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.