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Seriously, what do you mean by ‘Choice’?

Welcome to Sanger’s Choice Cafe, my name is Margaret and I will be serving you today. You will be having water, spinach and liver. And don’t forget to pay up front. Have a nice day!’

If this was the way you were treated when you went into a restaurant expecting to enjoy a meal of your choice, I’ll bet you wouldn’t go back there again! Well, that’s exactly what happens when you go to a Planned Parenthood clinic. The word ‘choice’ has been bandied about for many years now – or should I say, it has been  ‘hijacked’? On this, the 39th anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision, I would like to ask any and all ‘pro-choice’ folks out there to answer one simple question…

‘Seriously, what do you mean by ‘Choice’?’

choice  (chois) n.

1. The act of choosing; selection.

2. The power, right, or liberty to choose; option.

3. One that is chosen.

4. A number or variety from which to choose: a wide choice of styles and colors.

5. The best or most preferable part.

6. Care in choosing.

7. An alternative.

As the definition of the word indicates, when one speaks of choice, it should be a given that there is a range of options on the table. Think of it as looking at a menu. Do I want the Fettuccine Alfredo or the Rib-eye steak? Cheesecake, ice cream or pie? If you were to go into the restaurant in the example above and they made your ‘choice’ for you, wouldn’t you be just a wee bit peeved?

Now picture this scenario:

‘Welcome to PP, my name is Margaret and we will be testing you for pregnancy today. If you are pregnant we will not help you unless you sign a statement of intent for your abortion. Oh, by the way, pre-payment is required. Thank you and have a nice day!’

 Now how is that a choice? According to Planned Parenthood’s own published report, the statistics speak for themselves. Out of every 100 pregnant women who walk into a PP clinic, 91 will walk out as mothers of dead babies.  In 2010 their abortion vs. adoption ratio was 329,445 abortions to 841 adoption referrals.  There was a recently reported case of a young pregnant woman who went to PP for assistance. When she decided not to abort her child she was shown the door.  Although uninsured, she was not provided with the prenatal care she sought. Wait a minute! Don’t they proclaim to help the poor? There are other cases of women, who change their minds about continuing down the killing path, who are left to deliver their baby in a filthy bathroom and then their child is left to die as she screams for help.

Where is the choice in that?

All this and yet 46% of the income that Planned Parenthood generates comes from the government. They are also forcing you and me to be complicit in their dirty deeds! So even the citizens of these United States are not being given a ‘choice’!

Whenever you have a discussion with a pro-choice pro-abortion person, do you ever hear them mention helping a woman in a difficult pregnancy? Do they mention alternatives such as crisis pregnancy centers or adoption? Not in my experience! What they generally do is deflect by some obscure statement about pro-life people wanting to force women to be ‘breeders’…how we don’t care about the women or their babies – only about getting that kid born. Then they accuse us of simply dropping the ball.

Well let me ask you pro-choice pro-abortion people something, ‘what exactly are the choices that you present?’ When you tell your friends or afrightened pregnant woman/girl that they have a ‘choice’, what are those choices? I can tell you what the choices presented by the pro-life crowd are: assistance before, during and after delivery; choices of how to care for yourself and your child should you choose to keep her; and adoption – the option of giving your baby a chance at a life with someone who desperately wants her. This is an accurate example of ‘choice’ in action!

So stop the rhetoric; stop repeating the Planned Parenthood talking points. There are lives at stake and, yes, there should be choices – choices about how to love both the mother and her baby, before AND after birth. That’s how to be pro-woman! That’s how to truly offer something useful to someone who is seeking your help! That’s what we pro-lifers do!

*As part of our blogging schedule, we have agreed, as a group, that we will not be doing individual blog posts on Sundays. Usually, in an effort to keep the discussion going,  we post about Mass and our obligations on Sundays. We set up an auto-post so we can enjoy family time, too.  Given that today is the 39th anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision, which resulted in legalizing the killing of babies in the womb, we have made an exception. We are participating in Jill Stanek’s ‘Ask them what they mean by ‘choice’ blog day. This post was, however, also written prior to Sunday and auto–posted. 

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The Bible for (abortion) Profit?!

(NOTE: read an important update at the end of this post!)

The Bible, the holy word of God, and prayerful concern for victims of breast cancer – they fit together so very well! That is until you add the Susan G Komen Foundation into the mix! We, at Catholic Sistas, spent much of October helping to shed light on the unholy alliance between Komen and Planned Parenthood (PP). The fact that Komen donates millions of dollars to PP – the largest provider of abortion in our land –  should, therefore, not come as a surprise. What may not be common knowledge, however, is their latest attempt to ‘pink’…

 the Holy Bible!

That’s right! Komen has stepped up its attempts to commercialize breast cancer by partnering with B&H Publishing Group (a division of LifeWay Christian stores) and Walmart as reseller. Their brainchild is the Here’s Hope Bible –  Breast Cancer Awareness Edition, which benefits the Susan G Komen Foundation. Hopefully the publisher and retailer are unwitting accomplices to Komen in their insidious efforts to usurp dollars intended to help with ‘awareness’.

So here is their spiel from the Walmart online store:

“The Here’s Hope Breast Cancer Bible is a reminder that God has not forgotten you, a friend, or loved one who has been impacted by breast cancer. Not only will you find encouragement and inspiration through testimonies from breast cancer survivors but more importantly you’ll encounter God’s life-sustaining words for you.”

Prayerful concern, inspiration, and comforting scripture are certainly a solace for those of us who have experienced breast cancer. I firmly believe that I am alive today as the result of many prayers lifted up for me during surgery, chemo, and recovery! As a 6-year survivor, I also feel qualified to opine that breast cancer donations would be better spent on prevention and research or perhaps helping actual victims such 30 year old, Erika Vandiver, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at 20 weeks pregnant.

Furthermore, much of Komen’s rhetoric is aimed at ‘awareness’. Aren’t we all ‘aware’ of breast cancer by now? You can ask almost anyone, male or female, and they will likely be able to recite, by rote, the ways to prevent breast cancer: regular mammograms, healthy eating, avoidance of the Pill, and of course not having abortions. We know about self exams and exercising and even genetic testing. So this ‘awareness’ is not as urgent as it once was. Komen seems simply to have found a titillating way to stir up sentiment – and reap the cash rewards – and now they have stooped to the shameless exploitation of scripture!

However, what concerns me most about this latest endeavor to raise money…ahem…I mean awareness, is that Komen is crossing the line of propriety. How dare an organization with a loathsome alliance with abortion giant, PP, associate themselves with ‘scripture for profit’? Especially since a part of their share of the purchase price will, most likely, find its way to a cause of breast cancer – abortion!  After all, $1 of every purchase of the Here’s Hope Bible goes to Komen. Additionally disgraceful is that Komen’s support of PP does nothing to prevent breast cancer – PP does not provide even one mammogram in any of its facilities, nationwide!

Now, before you object to the conclusion that Komen dollars help to fund PP abortions, let’s connect the dots. Money donated to PP is fungible. This means that, although the money may not be donated specifically for abortions, it does free up funds that WILL be used for abortions. By helping PP pay their light bill, for example, you are freeing up other funds to kill babies! That is simply not acceptable, helpful or moral!

God help our nation in its complicity in the killing of millions of unborn babies!

These babies deserve our prayerful consideration! We must not become unwitting accomplices ourselves! Let us seek justice for the sake of the voiceless! So what can we do? For starters, think before you pink! Then we must share this post with as many people as possible to raise our own kind of ‘awareness’. We should also contact B & H publishing, LifeWay, and Wal-Mart and let them know (if they don’t already) that Komen is not a suitable partner. This will take little of our time and if enough pro-life faithful are willing to make the effort, we may just be able to stem this pink tide…especially with Him as our ally!

“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.” ~Matthew 5:6

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UPDATE:

From a story posted by LifeNews.com entitled LifeWay Christian Bookstores Takes Komen Bible Off Shelves:

“In a victory for pro-life advocates, Lifeway Christian Bookstores has taken a Bible sold to fund the Komen breast cancer foundation (which funds Planned Parenthood) off of its bookshelves.

Read the entire text of the December 14, 2011 letter from  Thom S. Rainer, President and CEO – LifeWay Christian Resources, here. He explains the decision of removing the offending Bibles from their shelves in keeping with their commitment to Christian values. It would be wonderful to flood LifeWay and their publisher, B & H publishing will notes of thanks. I’m sending mine now!

God bless, Birgit J

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UPDATE 2:

I wanted to share the great response I received today (December 28, 2011) from the publishing company responsible for the ‘pink’ Bible:

Good Afternoon Ms Jones,

I am sorry to be so late responding to your concern sent a few days ago regarding the Cancer Awareness Bible produced by B&H Publishing, a division of Lifeway Christian Resources.

I hope you’ve read by now that LifeWay is withdrawing the Bibles from the retail stores where they were being sold, and is discontinuing our relationship with the Komen Foundation. Our president, Dr. Thom Rainer, said the project was a mistake because of the perceived indirect relationship with Planned Parenthood.

We are developing a plan to re-use the special pink Bibles to support breast cancer research and treatment.
Thank you for sharing your concern.

Martin King

Martin King
Director LifeWay Communications
LifeWay Christian Resources
One LifeWay Plaza
Nashville, TN 37234-0192
615-251-2307 (o)
615-585-0033 (c)

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History teaches, but will anyone listen?

One of the great deficiencies in education over the past few decades is the failure to teach history. The ignorance among the young is appalling. Take a random survey of 25 people under 35 Ask them three questions:

Who is Oprah Winfrey?

Who is Adolf Hitler?

Who is Simon Cowell?

Which of the three do you think will get a blank stare? I can guarantee it will be Adolf Hitler. And yet who among the three precipitated a world war that annhilated 60 million people including 13 million “undesirables” eliminated in death camps in the Third Reich? To forget the atrocities of history and what caused them ensures their repetition. Hitler knew that people forget. When his staff objected to his plans for the “final solution” to the “Jewish problem” believing people would never stand for it, he responded, “Who now remembers the Armenians?” He referred, of course, to the genocide of over a million Armenian Christians by the Ottoman Turks between 1914 and 1918. And, indeed, who does now remember the tragedy of the Armenians? It is often called the forgotten holocaust.

"I accepted an invitation to talk to the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan...I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses...I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak...In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered." (Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography, P.366)

In the United States we have our own forgotten death dealers, primary among them Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood and the patron saint of today’s culture of death.  Planned Parenthood has spent decades denying and distancing itself from its unsavory eugenic roots. Like Hitler before them, the Planned Parenthood cabal know people forget. So they paint a picture of Sanger as a champion of women’s rights instead of an elitist eugenicist who admired Hitler’s policies which included mandatory sterilization of non-Aryans. Sanger was all for sterilzing the poor and weak and those she considered “feeble-minded”.

In fact, Sanger considered many groups in the population “human weeds.” Catholics, Jews, poor immigrants, etc. were the flotsam of society in her distorted and selfish worldview. Reading her Birth Control Review shows the culture of death in action. She was one of its founding “mothers,” Medea who kills her own children and serves them up to their father in a stew. In fact, one of her notorious statements is, “The most merciful thing that the large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” I have no doubt, she would happily have seen my grandmother, the youngest of thirteen children and the daughter of German Catholic immigrants, murdered in infancy.

Planned Parenthood pretends that Sanger’s policies no longer impact the organization she birthed which they try to portray as compassionate and concerned about women. But their modern history is just as sick as their distant past. In 1969 then Vice President of Planned Parenthood, Frederick Jaffe, sent a memo to the head of the Population Council, Bernard Berelson. It included a table of “Proposed Measures to Reduce U.S. Fertility.” These included discouraging marriage, indoctrinating children in schools, encouraging homosexuality, economic disincentives, and more draconian actions like compulsory abortion/sterilization, requiring permits to have children, and putting sterilizing agents in the water.

Randy Engel, investigative journalist and Director of the U.S. Coalition for Life describes the Jaffe memo:

The infamous Jaffe/Berlelson Memo from Planned Parenthood Vice President Frederick S. Jaffe to Bernard Berelson, President of Rockefeller’s Population Council describes various means of population control…The Memo was first made public in 1970 by the U.S. Coalition for Life. The Memo was taken from “A Family Planning Perspectives Special Supplement” published by Planned Parenthood-World Population. (A copy of the Berelson/Jaffe memo is available at http://www.uscl.info/index.php?pr=Research_Library.)

The Significance of the Jaffe/Berelson Memo 

The Jaffe/Berelson Memo was drawn up by Jaffe as a companion piece to Berelson’s paper, “Beyond Family Planning” (also available at the USCL library) published in the Population Council’s February 1969 issue of Studies in Family Planning.  According to Berelson, federal family planning programs are “the first step to population control.” Why? Berelson answers, “Probably because from a broad political standpoint it is the most acceptable one: since closely tied to maternal and child care it can be perceived as a health measure beyond dispute; and since voluntary it can be justified as a contribution to the effective personal freedom of individual couples.” Is Berelson saying that Congress was duped into supporting Title X birth limitation programs in 1970 under the guise of maternal health care and volunteerism, when in fact, Congress was taking its first step toward population control, which unlike “family planning” includes a wide range of compulsory means of population reduction including compulsory abortion and sterilization and social constraints such as “encouraging increased homosexuality?” If federal “family planning” programs are indeed stepping stones to totalitarian population control by the State, then it is time, indeed, that Uncle Sam got himself out of the birth limitation business. Cutting Planned Parenthood funding is an excellent first step toward this goal. ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­

Engel is absolutely right. Planned Parenthood is not now and never has been about “helping women.” It is about population control and eliminating “unwanted” and “undesirable” elements in our society. That’s why their abortuaries are always located in minority-dense locations. Thanks in large part to Planned Parenthood, blacks have almost 40% of the abortions nationwide although they represent only about 13% of the population. Controlling minorities was one of Sangers goals and  Planned Parenthood has always worked hand in hand with the population controllers. The irony is that many of these “undesirables” help advance Planned Parenthood’s evil agenda ignorant of the organization’s history. Meanwhile, taxpayers are forced to support this evil through the millions funnelled by the government into Planned Parenthood’s coffers.

The Jaffe Memo - the dirty little secret Planned Parenthood would rather you forget...

Many have forgotten the iron-fisted genocides of the past that targeted certain populations for annhilation. And because they have forgotten or never learned their history, they have easily succombed to the latex-gloved genocide of Planned Parenthood that today commits about 25% of the abortion killings in the United States, many on minority women. Isn’t it time to wake up and smell the charnal house of Planned Parenthood? The death toll from the U.S. holocaust long ago surpassed Hitler’s millions. Is it any less an atrocity because its victims are tiny, unseen and unheard? Or is the murder of the weakest and most helpless a sign of a country that has not only forgotten the lessons of history, but has forgotten its humaity as well?

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**Mary Ann Kreitzer is a co-founder of Les Femmes and the Catholic Media Coalition, organizations that defend the authentic Catholic Faith. She is a master catechist, a long-time pro-life activist, and a former Natural Family Planning teacher. She writes from the Shenendoah Valley of Virginia**

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Folding Baby Clothes to Defend the Unborn

When I was in middle school my father took me to my first Pro-life conference. This planted a seed that gave me a passion for defending the unborn.  In college as a musical theater major I had no idea how God could use me. My first year out of college I was a part time music minister and part time pregnancy center counselor. Then I spent two years as the Coordinator of the Life Center in Brian, TX.

This front of the pro-life battle is beautiful and heartbreaking.  During my time in pro-life work there were many uneventful days. I came in and folded baby clothes, filled out paperwork, taught classes about prenatal development to expecting mommies and gave pregnancy tests.

At our pregnancy center, the woman and I would sit down to chat about the possibility of being pregnant and I would try to assess her needs in case she was pregnant or see if there was any support or guidance we could give her if she wasn’t pregnant.  She would go to the bathroom to get a sample of urine in a cup and come back and do the test on the table between us.  Usually I could tell just by her face if she was abortion vulnerable or if she was hoping to be pregnant or just anxious. Sometimes the woman was married but low-income and just trying to save money on pregnancy tests and needed the material support (diapers and baby clothes).

It was so special to see the look of fear and excitement when I showed the mom approximately how her baby was growing according to her last menstruation.   I informed each woman of the services we provided, let her know that she was always welcome to come by and talk or take a class.  I tried to reach out to her where she was and sometimes she would reach back.  It was so much fun to hand a mom her very first baby gift.  We had little booties, gifts for the unborn, to show we cared and give her something to hold for her baby.

The best part was when they came back.  When we got to walk that journey with them as they went to classes on pregnancy and parenting in preparation for the big day and see the joy when they brought the baby to show us. I don’t know if any of those brave mommies even considered abortion.  Most of them had decided already when they came to us. But I know they appreciated the love and support we were able to give them.

It was wonderful when a pregnant mom or mother with a little baby gave that look of grateful relief after I handed her that pack of diapers.
Then there were the bad days.  Because of these days, I felt emotionally exhausted many days coming home.  It was hard carrying the stories and hurt of the women who were suffering.  Some chose life and some did not.  Some had husbands who could barely make ends meet and didn’t know what to do with another baby.  Some had terrible medical conditions that made pregnancy unbearable.  Some were in abusive relationships but didn’t know how to get out. Some were young girls with dreams of getting married but needed to finish high school.

There were so many beautiful souls with so much love for their partners and families and friends and a baby… a baby was not what they had planned.  At least one woman told me she knew it was a baby but she couldn’t handle it.  No amount of help from me could overcome her anguish.  More than one young girl told me that she couldn’t imagine giving her baby up for adoption but would consider abortion.  She couldn’t imagine someone else raising her baby. These days were so heartbreaking.

It was hard to deal with the ungrateful women, the rude women who felt entitled to any help I could offer and had no intention of even being polite.  Any attempt to connect with her was seen as prying and intrusive.  Some women would say “is this all? ” when I brought them free clothes or baby items.

Especially hard were the phone calls asking if we offered abortions. We all stopped and prayed immediately whenever that happened but it was just heartbreaking every single time.

When I would go to pray outside the abortion clinic I was terrified I would see someone I knew from the center.  I rarely went because I was so afraid I would start crying just thinking about those sweet women who I knew loved their unborn babies but for whatever reason felt compelled to hit the escape button no matter the consequence.  I hope they knew I cared for them.  I always told them, even if they had the abortion they could always come back to talk or for help with their other children.

Another difficult aspect of non profit work is the money. The money had to come from somewhere. The center I worked for was run by the diocese and they were very generous but there were so many things we couldn’t afford.  So we applied for a government grant. This was such a godsend!  Now some of the money which would have gone to Planned Parenthood could actually help women who chose life!  It allowed us to offer classes and buy new items for moms in need like swings, strollers and bouncers which we never could have afforded before. However, the government also has rules they have to follow and when you take money from the government you have to follow their rules. For example, if a woman wanted to talk about God or her faith- it had to be a different counselor at a different time who spoke to her and not the “government provided” counselor.  Many days we felt so hindered by this restriction.  There were not many times when it came up but when it did, for example if a woman said “I don’t think God could ever forgive me”, it broke our hearts to say “We have someone else who would love talk to you about that”.
When I quit my job at the life center to stay home with my daughter, it felt like a relief.  The weight of all those hurting hearts was lifted- the responsibility I felt to those mommies and babies born and unborn was gone for now.  I felt I had earned a break from this emotionally draining work.  In addition to the fact that my daughter would be one year old soon and my own hands were full.   I stopped being involved with pro-life work except for teaching NFP introductory classes, which is only tangentially prolife at all.  I avoided the topic of abortion and gave myself a free pass to stop worrying for a while.  I put my time in.

Now my daughter is four and I still avoid volunteering, marching, even praying for an end to abortion. Those years had hardened my heart.  Until recently when I watched a 30 minute video that renewed my fervor. It is called 180.  I almost don’t want to recommend it because it is so moving and powerful.  The images and facts are shocking.  It made me think once more – I have to DO SOMETHING!  Sometimes I feel so helpless.  There are days when we pro-lifers wish we could chain ourselves to the doors of the abortion clinics so no one could go in. But we know this would be unwise and ultimately fruitless. That is why it is so beautiful the way Stand and Pray works. We need to BE there. We have to stand outside that death camp as a statement that something is happening there that is wrong.  We can’t stop it. But we can stand up against it- literally.

There are so many ways to defend the unborn.  We each have to use the gifts God gave us to discern where we are being called. For me, giving diapers and a hug, if she’ll allow me, was where I was called to defend life. For someone else it could be stuffing envelopes for any number of pro-life organizations or writing letters.

I hope that taking a peek into a pregnancy center has shown you the special role that the Gabriel Project Life Center plays and I hope you will take an opportunity during Respect Life Month to reevaluate your commitment to defending the unborn.  Gabriel Angels are paired up with mothers in need of material and emotional support throughout the diocese.  This is a very flexible role as it is different for each mom. Sometimes its only delivering baby items. Or maybe you have some baby items sitting in your garage you could donate. The Gabriel Project is a beautiful ministry that uses person to person contact to reach out to those who without that support could become abortion minded. Walking though a pregnancy with mom can be very rewarding, especially if you get to hold the baby.

So please don’t give in to hopelessness wherever you are in the pro-life battle to defend the unborn.  Sometimes a caring hand is all it takes. Here is some more encouragement that really helped me after watching 180. Simcha Fisher’s Hope for Pro-Lifers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Respect Life while Supporting Breast Cancer Awareness

October is LOUDLY and vividly proclaimed as breast cancer awareness month. Pink ribbons adorn almost every known object – some that really puzzle me (dog food???) — as various organizations vie for funding to promote “awareness” of breast cancer. Much less awareness is raised for the “Catholic” Respect Life month. However, both should and CAN be jointly celebrated and proclaimed. You ask, “Why am I so sure of that?” and “How can that be?”

Because my daughter (almost 2) and I (30 years old) are LIVING PROOF!!  I was diagnosed at age 28 while I was 20 weeks pregnant with her.

It is DEFINITELY possible to respect life and support breast cancer awareness/research without sacrificing one ideal over the other. Some breast cancer organizations do sacrifice to the altar of destroying life (abortion) to ‘save’ life (Susan G. Komen is one — read the Komen statement by Archdiocese of Baltimore; American Cancer Society is another). Sadly, even now, some of the big names in breast cancer awareness still proffer abortion as a necessary step in seeking treatment for breast cancer. Others have (since my frantic searching) updated their sites, but few offer real world support or even more than a vague “it’s possible to have chemotherapy/treatment when pregnant, but…”. This saddens and disappoints me. Especially since MD Anderson has published article(s) in peer reviewed journals as well as press release(s) indicating that women who get treatment while maintaining their pregnancy do BETTER than their non-pregnant (or abortive) counter-parts. The ambiguous wording on these “cancer awareness” sites is un-acceptable.

I have appointed myself as the Pro-Life Breast Cancer Awareness bull-horn.   I try to spread my story with humor and truth to everyone. I’m not opposed to showing someone a photo of my daughter & then launching into our struggle for survival. Some organizations promote life both for women who are victims of breast cancer as well as potential victims of abortion (see list below). I submit these organizations to you as ideas for your donations. I also suggest supporting your local cancer patients by participating in their fund-raisers and benefits. Helping people is what these big-name organizations are supposed to be doing, but the funds do not trickle down to the victims in a realistic or helpful way.

Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
PolyCarp Research Institute
National Breast Cancer Foundation
MD Anderson Cancer Center **

Its also important to note a little known scientific fact: Abortion has been linked to Breast Cancer… Not just by the so-called Christian-Right-Wing, but by a PRO-CHOICE researcher (you can also check out the references in the Arch diocese of Baltimore letter)!  As the earlier article by MD Anderson implies, aborting prior to treatment does NOT increase survival — in fact, the reverse is true! Oral contraceptive use has also been found to INCREASE risk of certain types of breast cancer in some groups of women according to another article. Yet, few of the well-known breast cancer organizations proclaim this scientific fact!

So when you are tempted to “Run for the Cure”, “Race for the Cure”, or any breast cancer awareness event remember this: many/most of these organizations are actually supporting the causation of breast cancer, by actually hiding information from women. Contrary to their public service announcements, ad campaigns, etc, they are not making women aware of their true options, nor are they truly interested in a very effective way to prevent breast cancer. I have, since I began writing this article, found that as early as 1956 it was postulated that abortion does NOT increase survival of pregnant women with breast cancer. That’s over half a century BEFORE I was diagnosed. How many children have been “theraputically” aborted due to cover-up of the facts?

If this month is truly about Breast Cancer Awareness, why not supply women with ALL the facts? Please, support breast cancer awareness with respect for life — ALL life born & unborn.

In addition to their favoring of aborting children, many of these “research” organizations routinely use embryonic stem cells — another  violation of human babies’ rights. Many are also not nearly as effective at using your donations as you assume. A HUGE portion of donations go to furthering more advertizing and paying the salary of the organization’s managers. Some of these organizations are also in the process of suing smaller organizations for using “for the cure” or even the pink ribbon that is universal for breast cancer awareness. Again, your donations may be paying the litigous lawyers pursuing this suit. Before you buy a pink be-ribboned item thinking you’re helping erradicate this terrible disease, ask yourself some questions… Foremost of those, “Does this organization really stand for *my* ideals?” as well as, “Does this organization really use my donation to do research and help women or is my money lining someone’s pocket?”

Please use your computer, smart phone, fingers (dial the phone), etc to ensure your donation is really going where you intend it to go. Don’t necessarily take only my word for it, find out for yourself. It is the wave of the future for everyone to have almost everything accessable to their fingertips. This is a luxury that we should not squander! Think, pray, research, etc before you buy pink!

* Since my diagnosis, these organizations have added a small blurb about treatment being possible during pregnancy, but the information is underwelming to someone actually dealing with such a diagnosis. Calling local offices is actually worse than visiting their online sites — every ACS or SGK representative I have spoken with had no idea that chemotherapy while pregnant was possible, much less well-documented.

 

 

 

 

**I have since been notified that MDA uses embryonic stem cells (ESCs) for research purposes. While I definitely do not condone their use of ESCs, I will continue to use MDA for my cancer center. However, I WILL be drafting a letter to the head of research (or some such) objecting to their use of ESCs. In 2005, when my mother sought treatment with them the laws limiting ESCs use were still in effect and there was a statement made by MDA that said they did not and/or would not use ESCs. I guess they changed their minds. It is up to people like you & me to change their minds once again!

 

**ETA {edited to add}: Courtesy of friends and family who love Erika, there is a fan page set up on Facebook to help defray costs for an upcoming FIFTH surgery that Erika will soon be facing – details can be found on the fan page. If you would like to join, thank you! If you would like to donate pray for Erika, thank you! If you would like to donate a small contribution, thank you! If you kindly share the link to friends and family, thank you!