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

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  1. stevencarlton123

    Interesting. Either way, for me, it doesn't matter which book is being held or pulled back. Both information still helps and teaches the community, leading to positive outcomes.

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    March 27, 2012 at 3:40 am |
  2. georgiaz

    I understand that those who prescribe to various faiths stand against Planned Parenthood due to the organizations support of abortions – and I think it is their right to disagree with a foundation based on those beliefs. That said, I find it interesting that they are willing to go as far as eliminating a spiritual outlet for others within their community suffering from a disease like cancer based on that opinion. I would expect that within the realm of medicine, where so much is based on science and tangible outcomes, religious people would feel the need to have whatever means of spiritual support possible – and the Breast Cancer Awareness Bible seems to be effective in that way. As the article states, Susan G. Komen foundation simply supports Planned Parenthood – they are not directly related to the organization – and, as a spokesperson from LifeWay representative stated, the "...Komen funds that do go to the organization Komen's funds are used only for breast-cancer screening and awareness." I would imagine that this would send a negative message to those dealing with breast cancer within a sector of the Christian community – a message that seems to weigh the importance of association with the gravity of an illness that effects people within the Christian public. I am certain some of these cancer victims agree with LifeWay's stance – but none the less, the message still seems to be rather off balanced.
    It is stated that Planned Parenthood offers many other services besides abortions – and one of those services is birth control of any sort as well as counseling and informational speakers to prevent teen pregnancy. By supporting an organization that does this, one would effectively be in support the fight for less abortions.
    If there are Christian women inflicted with cancer that wish to utilize a book such as the Breast Cancer Awareness Bible, and LifeWay is not offering it, they will likely go to other providers to obtain the support that they desire. Is there really a benefit in cutting off access to this sort of consolation from your publishing house? Especially when the company has admitted their awareness about the funds donated to Planned Parenthood from Susan G. Komen not going to abortion related procedures, and simply going to the mammograms and other cancer awareness programs Planned Parenthood offers. It seems to be sending a warped message to those suffering from the disease.

    December 19, 2011 at 2:04 am |
    • Sarah

      I think that the issue is a little bit skewed. Yes a Breast Cancer awareness Bible might be a fine thing, but I don't think it's a "right" of Christian women who have breast cancer to have such a Bible. Many women I know who have/had breast cancer have not needed, nor even presented a desire for such a Bible. Just like Muslim women do not demand a "Breast Cancer Awareness Koran".

      The awareness is there. We all know breast cancer exists. Why not give money directly toward the cause by donating to an organization of your own choice, and then buy a (probably cheaper) Bible on its own. It just makes sense. I find our society gets caught up on the issue of "rights" and "awareness" without actually addressing or helping the problem they are "fighting" for with the pointless banter.

      December 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
  3. Sarah

    When talking about the money given to certain organisations we really need to be careful to call people out as being "judgmental". I mean, we all judge where we spend or give our money. Some of us think it wise to "donate" our money to certain restaurants or clothing companies in exchange for a good. We put our money where our philosophies match up. If I don't believe in my local hockey club I'm not going to put money toward their cause. If I don't believe in what your church is doing, I won't give them money either. Same with this. If I don't believe that Planned Parenthood has a philosophy that I can buy into, I don't want my money going toward it. And that's it. I don't expect you to give money to my causes unless you believe they're worth supporting. I'm not going to rag on you for spending your money on things that support your life philosophies, don't rag on me for it either. Let's ease up on the trigger words like "fundamentalist" or "radical" Christians. There are lots of people, Christians and non, that don't support PP or abortion. AND just as an added – if you wouldn't buy a Bible anyway, why do you care where a Bible publisher gives money to? Just donate the money yourself and be done with it! THIS IS A FREE COUNTRY!

    December 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
  4. Maria Barker

    Here was (FINALLY) a bible that could do some actual good for women. But that does not matter. Grown Women have no "right to life". Only the unborn.

    December 17, 2011 at 5:29 am |
  5. derp

    Note to jesustards. There is no point in praying to help you with breast cancer. God gave it to you in the first place. If he wants you to die, you are a goner.

    December 16, 2011 at 11:24 am |
  6. John


    December 16, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • .....

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      December 16, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  7. It'stheirmoney

    Susan G.Komen foundation makes way too much money anyways. They make these women "raise" 2500 dollars to even participate in their walks and if an individual doesn't raise the whole 2500 dollars, they take the money and don't even get to participate in the walk.

    It makes sense that they don't want the sales of their bibles to go towards a cause that they don't support..even though they "say" none of the money goes towards abortions. You wouldn't want to buy candy from a kid thinking it's going back to their school and really you're supporting Al Queida. Everything on here always boils down to race, religion,national origin lalalala...It's just the concept of if you are contributing to a cause, you expect t to be for that cause and that cause only and if they don't believe in abortions and don't want to support a facility that does them, then so be it. It's their money at the end of the day and they can do what they want with it.

    Trust me, Susan G Komen is not hurting. We could probably pay off the national deficit with all of the money they make if we consider all the walkers paying 2500 at each major city and all of the endorsements they have. Every major league sport had pink on in what October or November..wearing the little ribbon and darn near everything you bought during that month contributed to breast cancer in some way shape or form. IDK why this even made the news.So are people supposed to boycott Lifeway now? Because everybody is supposed to support breast cancer awareness, right??

    December 16, 2011 at 2:03 am |
    • Logical

      Hey It'stheirmoney – The Susan G. Komen foundation does not "make" money, nor too much of it. SGK is a non-profit organization which RAISES funds for cancer research. Breast cancer still exists. Therefore, SGK has not yet raised enough money. If breast cancer is ever eradicated, then SGK can stop raising money. Until then, you should keep your ridiculous thoughts to yourself.

      On the topic of the article, it's amazing how these religious zealot nutcases are so opposed to medicine, health care, science, and the existence of women, that they will go to any lengths to advance their cause, including buillding a partnership with cancer to help shorten women's lives.

      December 16, 2011 at 5:27 am |
    • derp

      Pardon me dumb as s. But I have participated in over 15 Komen events. I have never ever done anything more than pay the simple registration fee.

      December 16, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  8. Reality

    o Bottom Line #1: The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the pill and male condom have led to the large rate of abortions ( one million/yr) and ST-Ds (19 million/yr) in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or condoms properly and/or use other safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion .

    Bottom line #2-
    Currently, a perfect birth control/STD barrier system does not exist. Time to develop one! In the meantime, mono-ma-sturbation or mutual ma-sturbation are highly recommended for het-eros-exuals who need a contraceptive. Abstinence is another best-solution but obviously the s-ex drive typically vitiates this option although being biological would it not be able to develop a drug to temporarily eliminate said drive?

    December 15, 2011 at 11:25 pm |
  9. MP in VA

    Cherry pickers.

    December 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm |
  10. hello

    Hey gupshoo I noticed that you were born right smart one?. Are you human or not? How are they any less human than us?
    Answer my questions on these first then I may answer on your questions.
    1. Did it ever occur to you that you begin to breathe inside the womb?
    2.Isn't a 10 year old an 'immature' human? Should we kill them beacuse we can't send them to school, and because they aren't mature enough to live on theri own?

    December 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
    • Observer


      Did it ever occur to you that you don't take your first real breath of air until you get outside the womb?

      December 16, 2011 at 1:35 am |
    • grist

      Hello Hello,
      Actually, we don't start breathing until we are born. Remember that thing about smaking the baby's behind to get them to breathe?
      And your second question, I did send my 10 year old to school.

      December 16, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • WASP

      @hello: you're an idiot. i don't say that to many people but you deserve it.
      1) you don't breath in the womb, the umbelical cord provides your body with oxygen. there is a valve due to this fact that causes your blood to by pass the lungs, one of the last things to develop.
      2) a clump of cells, or an advanced fetus can not survive outside the pretective area of the female body until around 9 months. any"child" born earlier runs a very high risk of dying without medical intervention. what you said" 2.Isn't a 10 year old an 'immature' human? Should we kill them beacuse we can't send them to school, and because they aren't mature enough to live on theri own?" is murder because a ten year old can think for itself and obviously lives outside in our hostile enviroment with little need for assistance.

      March 29, 2012 at 9:35 am |
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    December 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
  12. ZZZzzzzzzzzz

    Ah the good old "christians" shooting off their noses to spite their faces.

    December 15, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
  13. Carla

    I agree with pulling the book. Planned parenthood is a Satanic organization in the business of murdering babies.

    December 15, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
    • gupsphoo

      If you agree that abortion is equivalent to killing babies, I dare you to answer my questions just a few posts down.


      December 15, 2011 at 9:21 pm |
    • gupsphoo

      LOL! Thought so! No Christian dared to answer my questions, and neither did you.

      December 15, 2011 at 9:29 pm |
    • rzzzll

      But you're opposed to to the death penalty Carla? RIGHT? RIGHT?

      December 15, 2011 at 9:39 pm |
    • rzzzll

      And you are in favor of federal and state paid daycare? RIGHT?

      December 15, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • rzzzll

      And you are against raising money to fund something that is truly evil, like breast cancer? Right?

      December 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
    • rzzzll

      Do you believe a "person" begins at conception, when it is only a few divided embryo cells? RIght?

      December 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • rzzzll

      Where does it say in Planned Parenthood's charter, publishing, employees, etc. that Satan or anyone related to Satan, his demonic forces, evil will are part time let alone full time members of that organization?

      December 15, 2011 at 9:48 pm |
    • rzzzll

      Even though less than 10% of PP's budget goes to contraception and abortion you'd rather have more women die of breast cancer? Onlly a fraction of PP's budget which is completely separated from its anti-breast cancer research funding makes the ENTIRE organization evil? Which is it Carla?

      December 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      You're a complete and utter moron, Carla. "Most of us"? Most of who? Brain-dead zealots? As if anyone cares what goes on in the vacuum between your ears.

      December 15, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Observer

      Tom, how much do you weigh? I ask because I don't know many skinny people that are this vicious. You always act like you're backed into a corner.

      December 15, 2011 at 10:33 pm |
    • A Real Christian

      Now, it's that kind of nonsensical childish talk that shows you to be an immature, pseudo-wannabe Christian. A real Christian knows better and doesn't bash other good people trying to do good things who just happen to disagree with your position on something that cannot be proven one way or another. That's why we call it "faith". And that's why real Christians don't bash other Christians who happen to disagree with them about some element of our faith. Try to grow up.

      December 15, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • Observer

      *slides a bathtub of chocolate over to Tom*

      Maybe that will calm you down. Perhaps you should sit back, fire up the old DVR, and watch a few dozen recorded episodes of "The View." I hear that's what you're into.

      December 15, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
    • derp

      "A real Christian knows better"

      I am curious, exactly how does one identify a "real christian". I hear this often. Seems like everybody has a different idea of what a real christians is.

      IIs there some special jesus tattoo that all you "real christians" could get so that I can easily identify the fake christians.

      December 16, 2011 at 11:30 am |
    • Dubs

      Yes, Carla, we all know the stories of Planned Parenthood and Satan worship. The 'Hood's ties to Satan are just so obvious, aren't they? They have formed at the Devil's hand and will continue to carry out his work until the Earth is engulfed in fire and all human beings will be destroyed, except for Planned Parenthood of course, whose minions will experience a sort of anti-rapture.

      Seriously though, are you insane or just so blind that you let your hatred for human freedom mask itself as an opinion...something which I'm sure helps you assure yourself that you cannot be wrong. Well, all we can do is hope that one day you pick up a book and read it...try starting with the Bible. That might teach you a thing or two about what God "did". Oh but don't worry, rest assured, these Planned Parenthood people who work tirelessly to prevent disease and spread information regarding healthy and successful lives and lifestyles will be gone soon enough. Just like you. Just like all of us. How about while your here you focus on accepting things and loving people, rather than obnoxiously attacking and name-calling the groups that don't fit your image of the tainted, quasi-spiritual, self-diluted, "perfect" Christian that I'm sure you revere.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  14. butterflytat

    Since the book is such a major factor, why don't they sell the Bible on an internet website and donate the proceeds to whomever they choose?

    December 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm |
  15. navin johnson

    By opposing Planned Parenthood Christians are advocating more abortions since it will provide more women with less means of birth control and more unplanned pregnancies and so more abortions. I thought Christians were opposed to more abortions. Hmmm..doesn't seem that way to me..

    December 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
    • ZZZzzzzzzzzz

      And apparently they could care less about those suffering from cancer- who this book tries to help. Oh by all means lets destroy the means of helping a group of terminally ill people to satisfy our self-rigteous, vindictive passions against another group.

      December 15, 2011 at 9:41 pm |
  16. Prometheus

    Hmmmm...says I cannot post because I have a duplicate post but I do not see, nor can I find evidence that my other post was ever in fact...posted. WTH?

    December 15, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
  17. navin johnson

    "If there no gods, there would be no atheists"..very true..if there were no people beliving in silly serpernatural stuff, there wouldn't be other people not believing in it because its silly supernatural stuff.

    December 15, 2011 at 8:06 pm |
  18. gupsphoo

    I'd be grateful if perhaps one of you Christians could answer my questions below:

    1. Where does the Bible say abortion is wrong?
    2. How is abortion equivalent to murder when the Bible specifically says life begins at its first breath?
    3. If you're against killing babies, then how can you justify your god ordering the killing of infants in so many instances as described in your Bible?


    December 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • Kate

      Prepare yourself Gups. They will bombard you with bible quotes that they twist and turn to fit in their narrow minded convictions so they can finger point and whack you over the head with the bible.

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

      Don't worry about me Kate. I'm looking forward to it. I just want to learn more about the Christian mindset. lol

      December 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      What "mindset"? They don't HAVE minds!

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

      They used the same set of quotes for every topic you can ever imagine.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • Enlightened one

      Would explain it but found a link that answers your question for me. It basically squashes your answer. Just read it.

      December 15, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
    • Enlightened one

      And to your third question. Yes, God has killed in the bible. So does the military. So does the man who kills to protect his family. What does all of this have in common? Neither has anything to deal with murder. All has killed for just reasons. You can't sit there and point the finger at God just because he has killed. So what? If it implies eliminating "evil" then it is justified. If you read the bible you never find that God killed without a cause. If he killed, it was because they were wicked. Nothing wrong with that whatsoever.

      December 15, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • Bill6672

      "And if men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she has a miscarriage, yet there is no further injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman's husband may demand of him; and he shall pay as the judges decide. But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life." (Exodus 21:22-23)

      For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Thy book they were all written, The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. (Psalm 139:13-16)

      There you go, in context and directly from the bible.

      December 15, 2011 at 11:33 pm |
    • Enlightened one

      Okay, so what's your point? What does Exodus 21:22-23 have to do with gupshpoo's question? Besides do you even understand the scripture you just gave before quoting it? Was dealing with the eye for an eye tooth for a tooth situation. However that has been squashed by the Messiah. Should read a little bit more so you won't risk taking things out of context.

      December 16, 2011 at 2:12 am |
    • Enlightened one

      Hey you know what bill i apologize. I just now understood your comment and thought you were trying to debunk my message with that scripture. Was confused at first but i see you wrote that to gushpoo. Sorry about that 🙂

      December 16, 2011 at 2:17 am |
    • gupsphoo

      @Enlightened one – I was talking about killing infants. The god of the Bible specifically called for the murder of infants. Name me one single instance that the military specifically called for the murder of infants that you think it's OK.

      December 16, 2011 at 4:01 am |
    • gupsphoo

      The god of the Bible ordered Joshua to kill everyone in an enemy tribes except for virgins, whom they can take for themselves. How do you justify something like that?

      December 16, 2011 at 4:05 am |
    • derp

      "What does all of this have in common? Neither has anything to deal with murder. All has killed for just reasons."

      I think jesustards are delusional freaks that take up valuable resources hre on earth that would be better used for other purposes.

      Is that a just reason for killing christians?

      December 16, 2011 at 11:36 am |
  19. Kate

    Christians who are part of organized religion (not all, most) seem to be so self righteous, that they spout the words of the bible as if they were their own, and then use the bible as a weapon against people who don't feel EXACTLY like they do. Interpreting little quotes along the way...but only interpreting them to push their agenda, closing their ears to any other thoughts. I CAN'T STAND THOSE PEOPLE!!!! Holy rolling christains seem to be the angriest "in your face" NON peaceful, VERY judgemental, CLOSE minded people that walk this earth!!!

    December 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
  20. harrison

    women have breasts? This is gonna upset a lot of conservative bible thumpers

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

      This wouldn't be an issue if certain people (mostly canadians) kept their legs closed.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      captain america,

      I see your posts day after day, and I cannot help but wonder, what exactly do you have against Canadians? I am halfway convinced that you are merely trolling for the kicks, and I sincerely hope this is the case.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:07 pm |
    • Clayton

      Are we not mammals? Teats (can't say t.i.t.s for some reason) exist on pretty much all mammals. Unless they need to be removed due to cancer. Support breast cancer research today!

      December 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • captain america

      captain america does not troll.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm |
    • captain america

      captain america never excuses himself and captain america would never refer to canadian legs.You may have stolen the name but I just don't feel the love.

      December 15, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • TruthPrevails

      "captain america
      This wouldn't be an issue if certain people (mostly canadians) kept their legs closed."

      And that is why the USA has the highest rate of teenage pregnancy...right? I would suggest re-reading Doc's posts with some rather accurate and comparative data. I know he's Canadian and to you it doesn't matter what he says but facts are facts. We educate our children and allow them to use birth control.

      "In 2006, the lowest teen birth/abortion rate per 1,000 women aged 15-19 was in Canada (27.9) followed by Sweden (31.4), England/Wales (60.3), and the U.S.A. (61.2)."

      I don't see where Canada has the problem...we are promoting safe s.e.x and the use of protection for the purpose of preventing pregnancy instead of promoting 'go forth and multiply'.

      Try looking in your own back yard!

      December 16, 2011 at 5:13 am |
    • Mirosal

      I'm sure he'd like to look in his backyard, but his mommy's basement has no windows.

      December 16, 2011 at 5:34 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @Mirosal: You mean its padded cell has no windows...right? This can't possibly be walking the streets freely and we do know that jails and asylums now have computers....that's where all your tax money goes. 🙂
      Enjoy this beautiful weekend

      December 16, 2011 at 6:19 am |
    • derp

      Speaking of Canadians, did you guys see that spectacular smack down the Flyers laid on the habs last night.

      December 16, 2011 at 11:38 am |
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