Its comments came in the form of a letter of response to a pro-lifer that expressed disapproval of the organization’s financial support of Planned Parenthood when she received correspondence requesting a monetary donation.
Written by Dr. Otis W. Brawley, Chief Medical Officer and EVP for Research and Cancer Control Science, the letter outlines:
“The American Cancer Society has historically funded a very limited number of Cancer Control grants to local Planned Parenthood affiliates to implement smoking cessation programs that trained clinic staff to provide smoking cessation assistance to patients and pregnant women. The grants were used exclusively for the implementation of cancer control programs to help patients seeking care. This program was specifically designed to improve the health of the unborn fetus and the child once born. The grants had the potential to do much good as Planned Parenthood delivers more children than any other medical practice in the US.”
He also added that “the American Cancer Society does not fund — nor has it ever funded — abortion or contraceptive counseling.”
Blogger Jill Stanek says that the notion that Planned Parenthood delivers babies is laughable, since it has never done so — even once.
“Dr. Brawley has obviously confused obstetrics with abortion. In actuality, Planned Parenthood is the United States’ largest abortion provider, not baby deliverer,” she stated.
Stanek explained that according to the Planned Parenthood Foundation, only 63 of Planned Parenthood’s 800+ locations provide any type of prenatal service.
“[P]roviding ‘prenatal services’ is not to say PP delivers babies,” she clarified. “This could only be possible if a PP has 1) in-house physicians and/or midwives who are on 24 hour call; and 2) those physicians and/or midwives have hospital privileges. So, Dr. Brawley is vastly misinformed.”
The pro-life organization Live Action of San Jose, California agrees, adding that the belief that Planned Parenthood provides assistance to pregnant women in order to protect the life and health of children is absurd.
“The American Cancer Society’s grants to Planned Parenthood ‘to improve the health of the unborn fetus’ is about as practical as the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of grants to the abortion giant for the imaginary mammograms Planned Parenthood offers,” Live Action commented. “Yes, Planned Parenthood does deliver babies…about 330,000 every year. The catch is these babies are delivered through a vacuum piece by piece, sucked into a jar, and thrown out as medical waste in the name of ‘choice.'”
Stanek says that the majority of the American Cancer Society is not aware that Brawley issued the letter and is now denying that the statement was ever made.
“Pro-lifers complaining to ACS about Dr. Brawley’s whopper were told no such whopper had been made,” she outlined. “Several pro-lifers received the same response, ‘To be clear, we have no record of ever making that statement and it is not our position.'”
The American Cancer Society states that it is not currently providing any grant money to Planned Parenthood, but offered praise for the organization.
“Planned Parenthood and many other community-based organizations have broad constituencies and solid community networks that help us reach many Americans with potentially lifesaving cancer information,” Brawley wrote.”I hope we can count on your generous support of our lifesaving mission.”