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. mary

    nebula, it's 7:43 pm and almost your bedtime.. now go brush your teeth, wash your face and hands, jump into bed and go to sleep. pleasant dreams

    December 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • nebula

      Sing me a lullabye!

      December 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Hush, hush, stupid moron. Hush now, don't you whine. Hush, hush, stupid moron. You're nothing but a swine."

      December 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  2. EatYouAlive

    I am so embarrassed to be the same species as these people.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:43 pm |
    • captain america

      Same here. canadians are the communist inventors of abortion and it needs to be outlawed. Don't listen to tom, because that thing has at least 7 abortions a year and keeps the whole business in place that it uses in canada.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
    • Kate

      OMG captian america you sound like an uneducated "hick." Get a life dude. No one will ever like you.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:00 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And Kate nails it in one.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
    • captain america

      Kate, meet tom. It's a canadian going through menopause, which is evident in everything it says.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm |
  3. Kate

    PP teaches Pedophelia? Yeah...sure, they hand out pamphlets on it Nebula. What is WRONG with you? LOL. You need to go bark up the Catholic Church tree on that one...

    December 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It was born without a brain and has just gone downhill ever since.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm |
  4. nrog

    Do Christians really know who they worship? Listen to the words of Yahweh:

    The LORD said, "All their wickedness began at Gilgal; there I began to hate them. I will drive them from my land because of their evil actions. I will love them no more because all their leaders are rebels. The people of Israel are stricken. Their roots are dried up; they will bear no more fruit. And if they give birth, I will slaughter their beloved children." Hosea 9:11-16 NLT

    Now, get down on your knees and worship that monstrosity.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
    • rzzzll

      You are not a rabbi let alone a Jew I'm assuming so whatever your ridiculous spin on that saying is utterly false. Christians are heretics and they pervert and twist Hashem's words in the Tanakh every day. In what context then? Oh yes never pronounce the Name, not that anyone can know since the Kohanim were slaughtered by the Romans when they desecrated the Temple.

      December 15, 2011 at 9:54 pm |
  5. Genericalolll

    Soooo, let me get this straight.. This group is pulling it's book and no longer funding helping people with breast cancer, because they're slightly associated with abortions... According to them, they are killing humans, yet this group pulls it's funding which would undoubtedly save lives, and so they are killing people as well...Gotcha...Religion is such poison..

    December 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • Caiha

      The Christian Right is neither.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Brandead

      And Komen one hand helps saving adults who has the ability to help and protect themselves while the other hand helps killing the helpless fetus inside the mothers womb.

      Ey (genericalolll)
      dude, wait...your mouth is foaming, you are taking Komen's poison, aren't you?

      You just can't serve two masters at the same time.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  6. myklds

    There are two Christian values and principles in conflict here:

    1.) Uncoditional giving; and
    2.) Pro-life advodacy

    Life Way as the giver has the right to choose which one should prevail.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • mary

      um, i think you meant CONDITIONAL giving is a christian value.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
    • Magda

      That's whatya think.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • myklds


      Did I say atheistic values and principle? Sorry if I confused you but uumm..I think I did NOT.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • rzzzll

      Well if the UNWANTED child's gestation and birth threatens the mother's life that's totally fine and pro-life. Even though it would kill both of them. HYPOCRITES!

      December 15, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  7. WM

    What a joke this so called CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION is. Willing to help save an unborn child, god forbid these good christians don't see a living breathing human being worth saving from breast cancer.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
    • OPT

      All you need to do is GIVE, your 2 cents comments about lifeway or any other organization is useless.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
  8. captain america

    Wal-mart is a canadian brand name anyway.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • Marky Merlot

      Please elucidate for the benefit of the uninformed!

      December 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
    • captain america

      I already did.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • rzzzll

      I wish it was then I wouldn't be so ashamed that it's an American one.

      December 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      @rzzzll: We'll let you keep the ti.tle of ownership.

      December 16, 2011 at 5:20 am |
  9. stevensb

    Sheeesh , another bunch of wack job fake Xtians coming out for their favorite value – death to anyone who disagrees with them .
    This world would be so much better off if the people who followed these faiths/religions ACTUALLY PRACTICED THE TRUE VALUES OF FAITH !!!!!! May they all burn .

    December 15, 2011 at 7:27 pm |
    • dean

      We should all pray fervently for God to deliver us from his followers. A miniscule amount of the funds from Planned Parenthood go to abortion, but these false christians would rather let breast cancer sufferers suffer even more to satisfy their gross distortion of the teachings of the new testament.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
  10. John


    December 15, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  11. Jim Rousch

    This publisher is a perfect example of how religions poison our world. They would rather kill people for political advantage instead of work for the common good.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • Jackie

      Just how many of the freedoms we have will be taken away by the 'religious right' before we say "enough is enough"??

      December 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
    • J. Mark Lane

      Well said. The Komen Foundation has done more to help fight cancer than any other private organization on earth. It is the very epitome of a worthy cause. These anti-choice activists are lunatics. I put them in the same category as "Muslim" terrorists. They all defile and insult the good religions they purport to be part of.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • rzzzll

      Why are you making an ignorant statement that is as broad and generalized as a religious fanatic's? How does religion, in of and itself cause evil? Don't make yourself look like a yutz. I'm religious yet I support the right to have or not have an abortion.

      December 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  12. dfsglheog

    Also, the Bible isn't even anti-abortion (or at least it doesn't agree with the "abortion = murder" crowd.)

    There's a verse somewhere in the Old Testament that says that any serious injury to a pregnant woman is punishable by death, while an injury that only causes a premature pregnancy or miscarriage is only punishable by a fine. Nothing else in the book can even be interpreted as being applicable to abortion unless you already have the preconceived notion that a fetus is equal to a fully-developed person.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  13. Ray

    I do not condone abortions,to me itis murder by proxy of a doctor.Planned parenhood should be more open about their intentions toward human life.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • rzzzll

      Try something called READING you ignorant hick.

      December 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm |
  14. Dana

    Imagine there's no heaven
    It's easy if you try
    No hell below us
    Above us only sky
    Imagine all the people living for today

    Imagine there's no countries
    It isn't hard to do
    Nothing to kill or die for
    And no religion too
    Imagine all the people living life in peace


    December 15, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
    • EAPoe

      It's a wonderful sentiment, but if there weren't any countries or religion, we'd find something else to bicker about, hate and kill each other over. Sadly, it's human nature.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • Robert

      Tutsis and Hutus is a great example. The only difference between them is one group is over 6ft and one isn't. If you grow tall enough you become "high class". A million+ died over this. Imagine peace if you can, then wake up you were dreaming.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  15. dfsglheog

    "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."

    Core value #1: anyone who disagrees with us on anything is THE ENEMY, even if they're doing things we can admit are good when it comes to things we don't disagree on.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  16. Allyn

    This book should be replaced by: The Speed Bag Bible, helping cancer patients stay fit one punch at a time.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  17. aWitchintheWoods

    Yahweh hates the tatas. How sad.
    Patriarchial religions suck.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • rzzzll

      You are insane. Obviously there wouldn't be" tatas" without Hashem.

      December 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
  18. michelle geil

    Why is The Komen Foundation contending that there were "no dollars going to Planned Parenthood programs" from sales of the Bibles? Are they now going to be forced to deny funds even to the breast cancer programs provided by Planned Parenthood, whom they vowed to support? Please tell me I misunderstood this statement.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Marky Merlot

      You misunderstood this statement.

      December 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm |
  19. nrog

    God murdered babies as well as aborted fetuses:

    "The people of Samaria must bear the consequences of their guilt because they rebelled against their God. They will be killed by an invading army, their little ones dashed to death against the ground, their pregnant women ripped open by swords." – Hosea 13:16 NLT

    "Happy are those who seize your children and smash them against a rock." – Psalms 137:9 NAB

    December 15, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • rzzzll

      Uh where does it ever say that Hashem blessed is his name actually killed babies? People kill people, even if they are an instrument, they are not zombies it is they who have shed blood.

      December 15, 2011 at 10:03 pm |
  20. marie

    Nice to see how much Christians care about us breast cancer survivors. I guess we're only worth saving if we support their agenda.

    December 15, 2011 at 7:08 pm |

      You're already a survivor. So, uh, what do you need saved from now?

      December 15, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • stevensb

      I would say she , along with the rest of us , needs to be saved from the hate filled death cults that almost all religions seem to be these days .

      December 15, 2011 at 7:29 pm |
    • catbs


      I'm sorry to tell that you're less likely to be saved. Because when all religious will pee, you and the rest of you surely get drown by it.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:03 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      I would think that as a survivor, she might just fear a re-occurrence. PP helps in educating about early detection...without that education people like Marie might not be here to tell their story.

      December 16, 2011 at 5:25 am |
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