By Randall K. O’Bannon, Ph.D.
National Right to Life Education and Research Director
Over the years, the American Cancer Society has done a great deal of good, funding programs and research that is believed to have saved millions of lives. But even the most intelligent people dedicated to the noblest of causes can occasionally have a blind spot, an area where what they think they know just isn’t so, and that can lead to some embarrassing, and in some cases, tragic mistakes.
Sadly, that appears to be the case with Dr. Otis W. Brawley, the Chief Medical Officer for the American Cancer Society.
A letter was sent, raising questions about the relationship between the American Cancer Society and Planned Parenthood. His amazing response was passed along to us and others.
Brawley employed many of the usual justifications and rationalizations private grantors give for sending money Planned Parenthood’s way – that they money didn’t go for abortion, that the organization respects everyone’s “personal beliefs,” etc. That’s S.O.P. But then he goes on to make a claim that is as bizarre as it is erroneous.
Brawley says that the “limited number” of Cancer Control grants given to Planned Parenthood were just to implement smoking cessation programs for patients and pregnant women. He says that “This program was specifically designed to improve the health of the unborn fetus and the child once born.” Then Brawley adds this whopper: “The grants had the potential to do much good as Planned Parenthood delivers more children than any other medical practice in the U.S.” (emphasis added).
Look over the service reports for the past ten, twenty, or even thirty years and you’ll find millions of abortions, but statistics on live births are sorely lacking. That isn’t what Planned Parenthoods do.
Kill babies, yes. But help babies be born? Brawley must have Planned Parenthood confused with some other organization.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider, performing about 330,000 abortions a year, more than a quarter of the nation’s total. By contrast, it recorded only 31,908 prenatal visits in 2010 and did just 841 adoption referrals nationwide. It reported no births in 2010, or in 2009, or 2008, or 2007…
Planned Parenthood isn’t about parenthood and shows little concern for the “health of the unborn fetus.” Most of the unborn children of those mothers who come into Planned Parenthood looking for “services” for pregnant women never get a chance to be born.
Brawley says that “The program under which the grants were funded has now expired, and there are no plans to award any more such grants at this time.”
Let’s hope that Brawley and the American Cancer Society do a little bit better research the next time grants like this are considered and decide to put their money towards more life affirming, rather than life destroying, activities.
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