LifeWay Christian Bookstores is “one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services” including church literature, music, video recordings, church supplies, and of course bibles in hopes of “providing biblical solutions for life.” But one Bible didn’t meet their “biblical” standard and was subsequently pulled from the shelves. Why? Because it helped raise money for breast cancer programs.
For every copy of this particular Bible that was sold, $1 dollar from the sale went to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, a breast cancer charity well-known for organizing “Race for the Cure.” The foundation, in turn, donates some of its funds to breast cancer health programs sponsored by Planned Parenthood. Because the religious right views Planned Parenthood as the pinnacle of abortion evil, LifeWay immediately said they had “made a mistake” in selling the Bible and pulled it from the shelves:
“When our leadership discovered the overwhelming concern that some of Komen’s affiliates were giving funds to Planned Parenthood, we began the arduous process of withdrawing this Bible from the market,” stated a release by Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay. “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.”
The Susan G. Komen Foundation explicitly states that “Komen funding is used exclusively to provide breast cancer programs” and that “under no circumstances are Komen funds used to fund abortions or other non-breast services.” The goal is to help provide breast health education and breast screenings to thousands of low-income, uninsured, and under-served women through nearly 2,000 local organizations, of which only 19 are Planned Parenthood programs. What’s more, the majority of the services Planned Parenthood clinics provide surrounds cancer screenings and STD testing. Not all clinics even provide abortions. After all, only three percent of Planned Parenthood’s services deal with abortion.
Regardless of reality, the fact that Susan G. Komen is in any way affiliated with the number one enemy of anti-choice activists casts the foundation as unholy. Indeed, Ohio’s Catholic Bishops banned parishes and Catholic schools from donating to the foundation because it is a “contributor to Planned Parenthood.” As such, all donations were banned “to avoid even the possibility of cooperation in morally unacceptable activities.”