Black Statement on LifeWay’s Decision to Recall Pink Susan G. Komen Bibles
Washington, D.C. —Today, U.S. Representative Diane Black (R-TN), released the following statement on LifeWay’s decision to recall pink Susan G. Komen Bibles:
“I applaud LifeWay for coming to this decision and recalling the items associated with the Susan G. Komen foundation. We must all be vigilant about charitable groups and their affiliations—especially ones that associate with abortion-provider Planned Parenthood. While the Komen foundation does good work for cancer awareness and research, they should rethink their association with groups like Planned Parenthood.”
“According to a report by the Chiaroscuro Foundation, 98% of Planned Parenthood’s services to pregnant women--including abortion, adoption and prenatal care—are for abortion. The Chiaroscuro Foundation report also says that Planned Parenthood itself acknowledges that it only provides primary care to about 19,700 of its three million clients.
“This is exactly why in March I introduced legislation to stop Planned Parenthood from receiving taxpayer dollars. We all must speak for those who do not yet have a voice, the precious unborn children, and I commend LifeWay for doing exactly that today.”
The Tennessean: LifeWay's pink Bibles scrapped
Planned Parenthood affiliates use cancer foundation funds
To promote breast cancer awareness, supporters buy pink shirts, pink shoes, pink mouse pads and a host of other pink products.
Until Wednesday, there was even a pink version of the Holman Christian Standard Bible on store shelves. That’s no longer the case.
Southern Baptist-owned LifeWay Christian Resources is recalling its pink Bible because it benefited a charity with ties to Planned Parenthood. The “Here’s Hope Breast Cancer Bible” was sold at Walmart stores and other major retailers, with a dollar per copy going to the Dallas-based Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation.
LifeWay decided to recall the Bible after receiving complaints that some of the breast cancer charity’s local affiliates donated funds to Planned Parenthood. Thomas Rainer, president of LifeWay, called the project a mistake.
“Though we have assurances that Komen’s funds are used only for breast cancer screening and awareness, it is not in keeping with LifeWay’s core values to have even an indirect relationship with Planned Parenthood,” Rainer said in a statement.
The Komen foundation issued a statement of its own, saying that LifeWay’s decision was disappointing and that all funds from the Bible sales would go to breast cancer programs. Andrea Rader, from the charity’s marketing communication department, said LifeWay had pledged $25,000.
Marty King, director of communications for LifeWay, said any money raised so far will go to the foundation for breast screenings only. He said LifeWay had received about three dozen complaints related to the Planned Parenthood issue.
The Bibles will be reused after they are recalled. King said that LifeWay is looking at its options for repackaging them.
They cited a report from the Stafford, Va.-based American Life League, which showed that local affiliates of Komen had granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to Planned Parenthood affiliates.
“The sign might as well read, ‘Buy a Bible and support abortion!’ ” wrote Susan Tyrrell of the Bound4Life blog.
Komen has acknowledged that some funds have gone to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings, saying its Planned Parenthood funding paid for 139,000 breast exams and about 5,000 mammograms, detecting 177 cases of cancer in the past five years, according to the charity’s website.
James W. Sedlak, vice president of the American Life League, said LifeWay made the right decision. While Komen does good work, he said, that work is tainted. “For the sale of Bibles to benefit the largest abortion provider in the nation is atrocious,” he said.
Darlene Jacobs of Mt. Juliet, a supporter of the foundation, said the LifeWay decision was shameful. She says she has raised money for the charity ever since a friend was diagnosed with cancer seven or eight years ago and that Komen does great work.
The claim of ties to abortion is false, she said, and the LifeWay move will hurt people who need breast cancer screenings.
“I don’t think it is very Christian to take money from poor women who were … receiving mammograms with that money,” she said. “Are all the Christians going to boycott Komen altogether, or is it this one particular thing they are mad about?”