Susan G. Komen, Planned Parenthood, and Women’s Health

“It’s hard to understand how an organization with whom we share a mission of saving women’s lives could have bowed to this kind of bullying. It’s really hurtful.” – Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America [source]

The organization in question is the Susan G. Komen [SGK] For The Cure – a leading voice in the battle against breast cancer. SGK announced it was removing Planned Parenthood off it’s list of grant recipients due to PP being under a congressional investigation. Critics of the move believed it to be a response to political pressure from pro-life advocates.

“I was perplexed and troubled to see the decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to cut off funding for lifesaving breast cancer screenings through Planned Parenthood because of a political witch hunt by House Republicans,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. “I truly hope that they will reconsider this decision and put the needs of women first.” [source]

“I am stunned and saddened. I call on Komen to reconsider this decision, stand strong in the face of political pressure and do the right thing for the health of millions of women everywhere.” – Representative Michael Honda, Democrat, California [source]

Today, SGK reversed course and reinstated PP as one of their benefactors. I wonder if Honda will criticize SGK for not standing strong in the face of his political pressure? I’ll leave that paradox for another time; instead, I will argue that by supporting Planned Parenthood, SGK is actually defeating their own purpose.

Let’s look at each organization’s mission.

“Susan G. Komen for the Cure is fighting every minute of every day to finish what we started and achieve our vision of a world without breast cancer.” [source]

“Planned Parenthood believes in the fundamental right of each individual, throughout the world, to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence.” [source]

SGK wants to rid the world of breast cancer and PP wants to help the world manage their fertility. At first glance these seem like complimentary goals, but there’s a hidden truth that’s killing women – birth control.

“Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of reproductive health services in the United States, which include contraceptives and abortions, among other services. Contraception accounts for 35% of PPFA’s total services and abortions account for 3%; PPFA conducts roughly 300,000 abortions each year, among 3 million people served.” [source]

Birth Control pills are as common as Tylenol, but far too many married women don’t realize they are steadily increasing their risk for breast cancer with every pill they ingest. The reason – pregnancy and breastfeeding reduce a woman’s risk for breast cancer. Furthermore, women who intentionally prevent pregnancy using chemical birth control increase their risk because of the chemical, progestin (synthesized progesterone).

Pregnancy and breastfeeding both reduce a woman’s lifetime number of menstrual cycles, and thus her cumulative exposure to endogenous hormones. In addition, pregnancy and breastfeeding have direct effects on breast cells, causing them to differentiate, or mature, so they can produce milk. Some researchers hypothesize that these differentiated cells are more resistant to becoming transformed into cancer cells than cells that have not undergone differentiation. – The National Cancer Institute

Breastfeeding may also play a role in breast cancer prevention. The longer you breastfeed, the greater the protective effect. – Mayo Clinic [source] (Breast-feeding implies a pregnancy. At least I think so)

Having many pregnancies and becoming pregnant at a young age reduce breast cancer risk. Pregnancy reduces a woman’s total number of lifetime menstrual cycles, which may be the reason for this effect. – American Cancer Society [source]

The National Cancer Institute adds that some pregnancy-related factors have been associated with a reduced risk of developing breast cancer later in life: [source]

  • Early age at first full-term pregnancy: Women who have their first full-term pregnancy at an early age have a decreased risk of developing breast cancer later in life. For example, in women who have a first full-term pregnancy before age 20, the risk of developing breast cancer is about half that of women whose first full-term pregnancy occurs after the age of 30. This risk reduction is limited to hormone receptor-positive breast cancer; age at first full-term pregnancy does not appear to affect the risk of hormone receptor-negative breast cancer.
  • Increasing number of births: The risk of breast cancer declines with the number of children born. Women who have given birth to five or more children have half the risk of women who have not given birth. Some evidence indicates that the reduced risk associated with an increased number of births may be limited to hormone receptor-positive breast cancer.
  • Longer duration of breastfeeding: Breastfeeding for an extended period (at least a year) is associated with a decreased risk of both hormone receptor-positive and hormone receptor-negative breast cancer.

While we’re at it, The National Cancer Institute also states that pregnancy reduces the risk of Ovarian cancer,

Women who have had a full-term pregnancy have reduced risks of ovarian and endometrial cancer. Furthermore, the risks of these cancers decline with each additional full-term pregnancy. [source]

So, according to the American Cancer Society, the National Cancer Institute, and The Mayo Clinic, pregnancy and breastfeeding reduce a women’s rick for breast cancer. Could one not deduce, then, that inhibiting pregnancy, and therefore breastfeeding, increases a women’s risk for breast cancer, at least as compared to those who are getting pregnant and breastfeeding.

The problem is Progestin.

“Progestins are a class of female sexual hormones that have been used by millions of women around the world over the past 25 years. They come in several forms: 1) the all-progestin oral contraceptive pill (ie, the minipill which women may know as Ovrette®, Nor–QD®, or Micronor®); 2) the injectable contraceptives such as Depo–Provera®, which is injected into a woman’s muscle; or 3) an implantable contraceptive (ie, Norplant®) which is surgically implanted under a woman’s skin.” – Chris Kahlenborn, MD [source]

Progestin came under scrutiny when it was learned that breast cell division was highest when the progesterone levels were the highest. At it’s base level, cancer is simply a bad cell that continues dividing to create more bad cells, eventually leading to a tumor, etc. The more cell division that occurs, the greater the chance for a bad cell division. This is why the cell division in the breast is important. The main reason they develop more breast cancer is because their breast cells are constantly exposed to the growth-promoting effects of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone [source]. The discovery linked progesterone to breast cell division, and because Progestin is synthesized progesterone in high doses, Progestin became suspicious.

Studies have found that women using oral contraceptives (birth control pills) have a slightly greater risk of breast cancer than women who have never used them. – American Cancer Society [source]

Estrogen plus Progestin was associated with greater breast cancer incidence, and the cancers are more commonly node-positive. Breast cancer mortality also appears to be increased with combined use of estrogen plus Progestin. Journal of the American Medical Association [source]  

It seems SGK would heed these findings. Planned Parenthood does not.

You may have heard claims linking the pill to breast cancer. The most recent medical literature suggests that the pill has little, if any, effect on the risk of developing breast cancer. – Planned Parenthood [source]

It’s a compounding problem. Limiting pregnancy and breastfeeding robs a woman of a God-given cancer prevention, while increasing their bodies, especially their breasts, exposure to Progestin they are increasing the woman’s risk. This doesn’t sound like an equation for “saving women’s lives.”

I believe SGK is serious about saving women’s lives. I believe Planned Parenthood is, pardon my pun, cancer personified. These two organizations work primarily with women, but that’s where their similarities end. The Journal of the American Medical Association, The American Cancer Society, The National Science Institute, and The Mayo Clinic see the relationship between pregnancy, breastfeeding, progestin, and breast cancer. Planned Parenthood says they’re all wrong. SGK should listen to the cancer experts.

For all my women readers, can I encourage you to do your homework? Planned Parenthood is not a friend to women. They are a misguided, fundamentally flawed institution that is daily undermining your God-given dignity and beauty. With every little girl they terminate in the womb, and every woman they convince to reject their God-ordained design, they are dehumanizing the feminine essence.

Addendum: NPR released this article revealing that Planned Parenthood doesn’t even provide mammograms. Read “A Lying Planned Parenthood

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