Today in facepalms: a chain of Christian bookstore called LifeWay are pulling copies of the Here’s Hope Breast Cancer Bible from their shelves after it learned that one of the organizations benefiting from the sales is Planned Parenthood. The bible is produced by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and $1 from each sale is donated to non-profit organizations that provide help breast cancer sufferers. Of course, Planned Parenthood is one of them. In fact, to assume that Planned Parenthood — the most well known non-profit sexual health clinics in the country — would not be among them was naive.
Yes, Planned Parenthood performs abortions (and provide Plan B, the morning-after pill, which some extremists consider to be an abortofacient). But the clinics’ other services include pap smears, gynecological exams, anemia testing, diabetes screenings, physical exams, flu vaccines, tetanus vaccines, and — oh! — breast exams and mammograms. Though the Komen Foundation pressed that funding goes solely towards breast exams and screenings, LifeWay CEO, Thom S. Rainer, commented that”it is not in keeping with LifeWay’s core values to have even an indirect relationship with Planned Parenthood.”
LifeWay can sell and not sell what they please. It’s just disappointing — when our mothers lives, our grandmothers lives and our lives that will be affected by breast cancer — how politics overrule.
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