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Christian publisher pulls 'Cancer Awareness Bible' over abortion concerns
LifeWay Christian Resources has pulled its “Cancer Awareness Bible” from Wal-Mart and other stores.
December 15th, 2011
08:49 AM ET

Christian publisher pulls 'Cancer Awareness Bible' over abortion concerns

Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story erroneously stated that Lifeway Christian Bookstores carried the “Cancer Awareness Bible.” The chain never carried that Bible.

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) - A Christian publisher is withdrawing copies of the "Breast Cancer Awareness Bible," from stores because the Bible helped raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which contributes to Planned Parenthood.

Many conservative Christian groups oppose Planned Parenthood because of its role as an abortion provider, though many of the group's services are not abortion-related.

The "Breast Cancer Awareness Bible" is described "as a way to place God's Word into the hands of those suffering through breast cancer." It was published by B&H Publishing Group - a division of LifeWay Christian Resources, which is owned by the Southern Baptist Convention - and was sold with the stipulation that $1 from the sale of each book would go to the Komen Foundation to support breast health education, screening and treatment programs.

LifeWay Christian Resources also owns LifeWay Christian Bookstores, but the stores never carried the "Cancer Awareness Bible." The book had been distributed to Walmart, K-Mart and other retailers, according to LifeWay Christian Resources.

The Komen Foundation says on its website it gives money to Planned Parenthood, stating that funds from the foundation go to "Planned Parenthood-sponsored breast cancer health programs."

When LifeWay realized it had partnered with an organization that donates to Planned Parenthood, the publisher released a statement saying that it had "made a mistake."

"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," said Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay, in a release.

"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," he said.

This is not the first time the Komen Foundation has been questioned about its connection with Planned Parenthood.

The foundation issued a June 2011 statement that further clarified its association with "19 Planned Parenthood programs."

"In all cases, Komen funding is used exclusively to provide breast cancer programs, including clinical breast exams conducted by trained medical personnel," stated the release. "It's important to note that Komen will only make grants to non-profit organizations. As many mammography providers are for-profit entities, we are only to fund mammography services through grants made to local non-profit service providers."

As long as there are vulnerable communities in need, said the release, "Komen will fund the facilities that can best meet those needs."

The Komen Foundation issued a statement Thursday afternoon contending that there were "no dollars going to Planned Parenthood programs" from sales of the Bibles.

"LifeWay is a first-year partner that pledged $25,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure from sales of the pink-covered 'Here's Hope Breast Cancer Awareness Bible.' LifeWay and Komen for the Cure entered the partnership with the mutual hope that this Bible would have special meaning for women and their families during breast cancer treatment and recovery," the foundation said in its statement.

"We are sorry to hear that LifeWay has decided to end sales of the Bible, especially since proceeds from partnership were to support national breast cancer programs."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Abortion • Belief • Bible • Christianity

soundoff (672 Responses)
  1. BOBBY

    Planned parenthood does more for womens health than any church in existance in the us. abortion is a TINY portion of what they do

    December 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • sockpuppet

      how do you know that? Because as a matter of fact, most communities have centers for pregnant women run by the local churches that privde them with health care and the items they need (like cribs, clothes etc)

      December 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  2. Kathleen Farrell

    It's all about the right to life - unless, of course, you're just a breast cancer patient. Hmmmmm. What would Jesus do?

    December 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • BOBBY

      or if your one of the millions who get free pap smears from planned to preven cancer and many other diseases from killing women

      December 15, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  3. Do the Research

    Do the Research

    This is yet another black eye for this org. They are becoming more and more a 'product' and cliche of pink ribbon. I am concerned about the well meaning people that give, yet so little actually goes to research the disease! Please do the research, see how much on the dollar goes here and there. Especially, the top person, I almost fell over at that yearly salary. The involvement with Liberman, and conflict of interest with the BIG PHARM companies–dear me. Do the reading your self, and see how you feel then. My mom has been fighting cancer for 16 years- I hate this disease, but I really hate the products and marketing of pink, pink, pink. NPR did an excellent story on this-'All Things considered' and those who have suffered with breast cancer found nothing cute and cuddly in the pink teddy bears they saw while getting their mammogram.
    Thank you and Lets really find a cure.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  4. Jim Beranis

    It's not the planned parenthood thing that concerns me? I've donated to Komen for a cure and can't help but wonder.....where else do they send money to now?

    December 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
    • BOBBY

      dude planned parenthood SAVES millions of womens lives each year.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  5. y2daddy

    Maybe the answer is to just quit slapping a pink ribbon on everything with the promise to give a portion of the proceeds to breast cancer awareness. We're aware already. Breast cancer is bad. We don't need to keep being reminded. Just give the money right to the charities and put the can of soup or the munchies back on the shelf.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
    • BOBBY

      no....all you need is a sticker and a prayer

      December 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  6. Really?

    Supporting Unplanned Parenthood is so much better!

    December 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  7. Ex-Believer

    Spread the Word! Just not to those who disagree with you. No wonder church attendance is down.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  8. skinsrock

    It probably wasn't FDA approved.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  9. TXMike

    In the New Testament time, there were a couple of groups of people who believed they knew exactly what the scriptures meant. They had studied them extensively. The were convinced they knew God's mind on all topics, and made certain that they told people what God's opinions were, and how people should live their lives.

    These people were known as Pharisees and Sadducees. And I recall that Jesus had some pretty harsh words for them.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • sockpuppet

      TX as a person who believes in Jesus, I absolutely agree with you. I believe the church has become modern day pharisees. Like the pharisees, though, they believe they are doing as God commands. They aren't inherently evil, just missing the point

      December 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  10. Jay

    How many of you donate to causes you find objectionable? If you liberals are not donating to The Christian Coalition then you define hypocrite.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • RapidOne

      Umm... yes you are foolish. These Christian organizations are hypocritical because they are all about protecting life, but then take money away from something which would help and protect breast cancer victims' lives. It's that simple.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • BOBBY

      Planed parenthood is one of the most prolific women health organizations on the planet. they save 100s of 100s of women each year.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Jay

      Rapidone, is planned parenthood the only game in town to get women's services? I can find 47 different listings in Knoxville area. And now they are all free to the patient under Obamacare. Why are liberals so in love with PP if it isn't for the abortions, a mammogram, pap smear is the same everywhere. Abortions seem to be the only difference.

      December 15, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Jay,

      If I give to a cause, then I really don't care what organization furthers the cause as long as it is furthered. If I give to a charity that helps feed the homeless, then I could care less if they in turn gave it to a secular or a religious organization to distribute. Why you may ask? Because I care about the cause not the people who further the cause.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm |
  11. voice of reason

    To the person that said WalMart pulled the book....no, they didn't. Read carefully, ok?

    December 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  12. longshot

    these are the same people who oppose birth control...it seems life to them does begin at conception and end at birth

    December 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  13. Edward T. Moore

    Oh Lord, those Christians. Gotta love the love and compassion. "Imagine no religion." Just a human spirit.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  14. jkINC

    It's their choice. I don't agree but nonetheless it's their choice.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
  15. suelue

    Interesting that so many people are concerned about the fetus but after the birth, they don't seem to care at all about child abuse, domestic abuse, poverty etc. I'm beginning to think that those anti abortion people are interested in over population without care for the child. I hope I am wrong.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • Alison

      I've said it before and I'll say it again. "Pro-lifers" don't care about life, they care about the fetus. Once you are born, you are on your own.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • cecilia

      you are not wrong – you are right on and could not have said it better –

      December 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • sockpuppet

      you could make the same argument that people who are concerned with social issues don't care about the babies before they're born. Both sides are hypocrites

      December 15, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Alison

      Wrong. People who are pro-choice aren't anti-baby. Nobody wants to be in a situation where they need to decide if an abortion is the right choice for them. Nobody is "pro-abortion". But pro-choicers want to know that IF that decision needs to be made, there will be a safe place get that service if necessary. Pro-lifers, to me, are anything but pro-life. They do not care about the life of the pregnant woman, who was once a fetus herself. They only care about a fetus. And once that fetus is born, who cares anymore?

      December 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  16. topaz99

    And we wonder why this country is failing.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
  17. CBR

    Folks, This is just the beginning of the prejudice we will see if we allow groups to withhold funds like this. It will start small but as long as it is allowed the movement to withhold funds from different groups will grow. It is sad to think that unless you agree with me we cannot support one another.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • glyder

      it's thier choice,not ours.keep your hands to yourself.your a bit self righteous in your own way.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • Do the Research

      This is yet another black eye for this org. They are becoming more and more a 'product' and cliche of pink ribbon. I am concerned about the well meaning people that give, yet so little actually goes to research the disease! Please do the research, see how much on the dollar goes here and there. Especially, the top person, I almost fell over at that yearly salary. The involvement with Liberman, and conflict of interest with the BIG PHARM companies–dear me. Do the reading your self, and see how you feel then. My mom has been fighting cancer for 16 years- I hate this disease, but I really hate the products and marketing of pink, pink, pink. NPR did an excellent story on this-'All Things considered' and those who have suffered with breast cancer found nothing cute and cuddly in the pink teddy bears they saw while getting their mammogram.
      Thank you and Lets really find a cure.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  18. Observer

    It's about time some Christians faced reality:

    (1) The Bible NEVER mentions the word "abortion"
    (2) The Bible offers more to SUPPORT abortion than to oppose it.

    Read it sometime.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • nympha

      Now there's an oxym oron!

      definition: A rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined, as in a deafening silence and a mournful optimist.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
    • sockpuppet

      really? why don't you back up number two with some actual facts

      December 15, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Observer

      sockpuppet,

      The Bible says that if we hurt another person, the penalty is "an eye for an eye".
      The Bible says that if someone hurts a mother who loses the fetus, the penalty is a FINE paid to the father.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • MatchlessG11

      Where are the passages that support abortion?
      I cannot find them.
      (Maybe they are not there?)

      December 15, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • Analyzer

      @Observer

      Be informed that article said that it's a "Breast Cancer Awareness Bible," NOT the (HOLY Bible) one which is used by Christians.

      How many times do I need to tell you to don't just observe but also ANA.LYZE?

      December 15, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
    • MatchlessG11

      The Bible says that if we hurt another person, the penalty is "an eye for an eye".
      The Bible says that if someone hurts a mother who loses the fetus, the penalty is a FINE paid to the father.

      Again This in NOT support.
      Better research your argument better.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • Observer

      Analyzer,

      Why are clueless enough to foolishly ASSUME that the Bible couldn't be mentioned in a story about a CHRISTIAN book store? Pay attention next time before you criticize. ANALYZE before writing.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • Observer

      MatchlessG11,

      It does REFUTE the argument that the Bible considers a fetus to be the same as a person.
      That's only part of the evidence.

      The Bible is full of commands from God for his people to kill women. NOT ONE TIME does God give a rip if the woman to be killed is pregnant or not.

      Read the Bible.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
    • Analyzer

      @Observer

      Ah, okay, I just wish that Santa will give you a clue how to be on-topic sometimes.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • sockpuppet

      You are quoting old testament, which is Jewish Law, not meant to be applied to Gentiles. You are also making a wild leap to say that eye for an eye would support abortion–did the baby murder someone and needs to be murdered back? That isn't even logical.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • Observer

      Analyzer,

      This story is about:
      (1) a CHRISTIAN publisher,
      (2) a book that draws on the name of the Bible,
      (3) Planned Parenthood (in other words, the topic is "abortion")

      And you say I'm am "off topic" by discussing Christians, abortion, and what the Bible says about abortion? Wow! Not a whole lot of critical ANALYSIS there.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Observer

      sockpuppet
      "You are quoting old testament, which is Jewish Law, not meant to be applied to Gentiles.'

      Oh, s the Ten Commandments and all the nonsense about gays is of no significance to Christians?

      PLEASE spread the words to all the Christians who don't know better.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm |
    • Analyzer

      Do you know what the word "bible" means? Does Plan Parenthood advocates abortion?

      I want an honest answer, please!

      December 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • Observer

      Analyzer,

      Planned Parenthood offers information to women to make decisions based on their UNIQUE physical and mental situations. Abortion is ONE of the options.

      December 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • Analyzer

      "Oh, s the Ten Commandments and all the nonsense about gays is of no significance to Christians?"

      There goes another nonsense! AGAIN?!

      December 15, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • Observer

      Analyzer,

      So do you agree with sockpuppet that the Ten Commandments and all those commands to kill from God (including gays) in the Old Testament has nothing to do with Christians?

      December 15, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
    • Analyzer

      What I meant was, neither the Ten Commandments nor the Bible condemns gays.

      December 15, 2011 at 6:19 pm |
  19. hannibal123

    I love christian hyprocrites'. These are the same people who see nothing wrong with taking my tax dollars for a christian school because 'it is used for education and not religion'.

    December 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • xjdavid

      Christians aren't hypocrits. Human beings are hypocrits and Christians are human beings. That's like saying that all Catholics (or football coaches) are pedofiles because some of their number commit the same terrible crimes that many non-Catholics (or non-football coaches) commit.
      Doctors who are overweight are hypocrits. Bankers who spend money unwisely are hypocrits. In fact, chances are you're a hypocrit too unless you're doing everything you believe a person SHOULD do and not doing ANYTHING a person shouldn't do.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
    • sockpuppet

      we all have to pay taxes for things we don't agree on...how about people who choose to homeschool or send their kids to private school? They still pay taxes for public schools

      December 15, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  20. Fantasies

    Prayer has been proven as useless in modern medicine. It's about medical science and morons who'd rather believe in fantasies are the loosers .

    December 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • xjdavid

      Don't be ridiculous. You can not prove prayer doesn't work any more than you can prove that it does. This is true of everything having to do with matters of faith. It's just as silly to put faith entirely into science as well, since scientists prove and disprove themselves all the time and make discoveries that change our understanding of the most basic scientific assumptions.
      And since you can't even spell the word "losers," I think you need to think about how much YOU DON'T KNOW and not try to argue things that none of us can possibly know.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Clint

      That's jsut it, some of us DO know, the rest of you should wake up.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Guest

      What? Science proves/disproves themselves because they aren't afraid to challenge someone's way of thinking of understanding. Relgion...well they've had the same way of thinking of understanding for how long now? I for one would not like to be stuck in the past because of religious opression.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • xjdavid

      No Clint, you don't. You don't know that there is or is not a God. You don't know if there is more to our existence and reality than we can see or understand. You don't know that prayer does or doesn't work, and you can't possibly think that because some people believe that it does, that you are somehow more "aware" than they are.
      Science and faith are two sides of the same coin. Science observes what we can observe, and faith and philosophy attemp to make sense of what we don't. It doesn't mean that a person who believes in God lacks intelligence, and it doesn't mean that you're superior because you do not.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
    • xjdavid

      Yes, Guest, religion DOES challenge itself and change over time. Religions have NOT had the same way of thinking for thousands of years. I'm not arguing in favor of religion, but religion has done much more for humanity than you give it credit for.
      Science (real and fake) has been used EXACTLY like religion (real and fake) to lie, manipulate, and control societies. It doesn't mean that science is bad, and it doesn't mean that religion is bad. It means there are bad people and governments who will misuse these basic tennets of our existence in order to fulfill their own selfish ends, and there are just as many non-religious people guilty of doing that as there are religious.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Casey

      Of course prayer can be proven not to work. A double blind study will prove it doesn't work time and time again. Prayer is literally "the least you can do" for someone. You may as well just spend the time pleasuring yourself. That has a positive outcome.

      December 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
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