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Missouri Family E-News

February 7, 2012

Komen Continues Partnership with Planned Parenthood 



The Susan G. Komen Foundation has announced that is is going to continue its financial partnership with Planned Parenthood.


The announcement was a reversal of a previous decision to cease grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates .  That decision was spurred by a Congressional investigation into continuing allegations of financial and legal misconduct by the nation's leading abortion provider.


Planned Parenthood affiliates received a total of $569,000 in proceeds from the Komen Race for the Cure in 2010.  The previous year they had received a total of $731,000 in Susan G. Komen grants.   While Planned Parenthood has claimed the money goes for breast cancer screening, it was forced to admit that it does not do mammograms in its clinics. 


Planned Parenthood waged a frenetic campaign to reinstate their funding status, aided by a steady stream of false propaganda disseminated by their many allies in the print and broadcast media.  Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill joined the chorus calling for the renewal of grants to Planned Parenthood.  



Pro-abortion activists flooded Komen's Facebook and Twitter accounts with hate mail, and hacked the Race for the Cure website.  They claimed that the Komen Foundation would lose money and volunteers because of their decision.  Yet in the two days following Komen's initial decision to halt grants to Planned Parenthood, donations to Komen jumped by 100%.     


Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life and a breast cancer survivor, strongly criticized Planned Parenthood's tactics.  "This was an ugly and disgraceful shakedown that highlights Planned Parenthood's willingness to pursue a scorched-earth strategy to force compliance with the pro-abortion agenda." 


Planned Parenthood advocates have done the pro-life movement a major favor over the last week.  Previously, only individuals highly active in the pro-life movement were aware of the Komen-Planned Parenthood connection.  Now, the entire nation is aware of Susan G. Komen's financial support of the nation's leading killer of preborn children.


Planned Parenthood exterminated the lives of over 332,000 unborn children during the most recent year on record.  Planned Parenthood received a total of nearly $500 million in government grants and reimbursements during that same year, a clear sign they don't need Race for the Cure funding.    


Komen's decision stands in stark contrast to their professed goal to spare women from the tragedy and trauma of breast cancer.  Instead, they are helping finance an organization that is performing procedures that are believed to increase the risk of breast cancer for thousands of women.


Since 1957 a total of 67 studies have been performed examining the relationship between abortion and breast cancer.  Of those studies, 51 showed a positive association, and 30 were statistically significant (meaning a 95% probability that the result is not due to chance.)


One study, done by the United States Cancer Institute, found a 50% increase in the risk of breast cancer by age 45 for women who have had an induced abortion.  If the abortion was performed before a woman was 18, the increased risk was more than 100%.                 


Senator Blunt Files Bill to Block New Abortion Drug Mandate   

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt has filed legislation which would revoke the Obama Administration's recent abortion drug mandate.  Known as the "Respect for Rights of Conscience Act," the bill would prevent implementation of new regulations which would require all health insurance plans to include contraceptive coverage.

The contraceptive edict, issued by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius at President Obama's direction, is scheduled to take effect on August 1st.  It mandates that virtually every health insurance plan issued in the United States must pay for contraceptives without deductibles or co-pays.  All contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration must be covered, including abortifacient drugs such as Plan B and Ella.

Senator Blunt's proposal would permit health insurance plans to exclude coverage of specific items or services if they are "contrary to the religious beliefs or moral convictions of the sponsor, issuer, or other entity offering the plan."  Health insurance carriers would also be authorized to offer plans which exclude certain services if they are contrary to the religious beliefs or moral convictions of the purchaser or beneficiary of the coverage. 

"Our purpose is to ensure that health care stakeholders retain the right to provide, purchase, or enroll in health care coverage that is consistent with their religious beliefs and moral convictions, without fear of being penalized under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)," Blunt says.  PPACA is the name that was given to President Obama's national health care law which also includes federal financing for abortion procedures.

Representative Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska has filed a companion measure to Senator Blunt's bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Congressmen Todd Akin, Sam Graves, Billy Long, Blaine Luetkemeyer, and Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler have signed on as co-sponsors of that measure.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has also filed another bill to repeal the abortion drug mandate.  Known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Rubio's proposal would prohibit the federal government from requiring any individual or entity to offer, provide, or purchase coverage for a contraceptive or sterilization service in violation of their religious beliefs. 

"The Obama Administration's obsession with forcing mandates on the American people has now reached a new low by violating the conscience rights and religious liberties of our people," Rubio says.  "This is a common sense bill that simply says the government can't force religious organizations to abandon the fundamental tenets of their faith because the government says so."

In the meantime, religious leaders are mounting an aggressive campaign to scrap the abortion drug mandate, led by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Many bishops have declared that they will stand in defiance of the law.  A letter issued as a joint statement by the USCCB has been read to parishioners at Catholic churches across the country.

It reads in part:  "Our parents and grandparents did not come these shores to help build America's cities and towns, its infrastructure and institutions, its enterprise and culture, only to have their posterity stripped of their God-given rights....We cannot--we will not comply with this unjust law.  People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens."

A group of evangelical leaders has also sent a letter to the President outlining their strong objections to the contraceptive mandate.  Signatories to the letter include Leith Anderson, President of the National Association of Evangelicals, Dr. Richard Land, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, Dr. George Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, and Nathan Diament of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America.

"We write in solidarity [with Catholic leaders and organizations] to stress that religious leaders and organizations of other faiths are also deeply troubled by and opposed to the mandate...Religious organizations beyond the Catholic community have deep moral objections to a requirement that their health insurance plans must cover abortifacients."

The evangelical leaders are calling on the Administration to exempt all religious employers from the contraceptive mandate.  The current mandate exempts organized churches, but does not exempt other Christian institutions, ministries, and employers.  They will be required to comply with the mandate by August 1, 2013.

If the mandate is not reversed or modified, it is expected that many religious employers will cease providing health insurance coverage for their employees.  We are aware of private Christian employers who are also contemplating doing the same thing.

If you have not already done so, we strongly urge you to contact your elected officials in Washington, D.C. to voice your outrage over this unprecedented assault on the religious freedoms of Americans who value and cherish the sanctity of human life.

You can contact Senator Blunt to thank him for his leadership on this issue by using this link:
Senator Blunt

You can contact Senator Claire McCaskill to urge her to support Senator Blunt's proposal by clicking this link:
Senator McCaskill

You can reach your U.S. Representative to urge support for the "Respect for Rights of Conscience Act" by following this link:
Your Congressman

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