Friday, February 3, 2012

An open letter to Susan G. Komen

Dear Susan G. Komen Foundation,

I am a pastor of a church in Knoxville, TN. My mother is a breast cancer survivor. I am profoundly grateful for your work. I have a wife, daughters, and a sister who I pray will never have breast cancer. Many people in our church have donated to and participated in SGK events. As a church, we have encouraged this participation. I was glad about the news that you would not fund Planned Parenthood, and was then very disappointed upon hearing about your retraction. By giving in to political pressure, I am afraid you have become political and have significantly hurt your altruistic cause.

As an organization, Planned Parenthood is a well-known abortion advocate, activist, and offender. Please know that for those of us who believe God creates human life, any organization promoting and performing abortions is treacherous. Most people who feel like me will not take the time to write you. They will simply make mental note and quietly choose to not participate or donate to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. There are other organizations that are also "fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures" for breast cancer who are not enabling others who do not share a commitment to all human life.

I am sorry that I will not be able to knowingly support any organization that funds those who disregard life. I am praying that you will retract your retraction. My support will follow that decision.


Chad Sparks
Providence Church
1432 Lovell Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37932

Note: I did send this to Susan G. Komen via their website contact form. You can find it here.


Dale Maddox said...

Thanks, Chad, for always being willing to stand up for and speak a truth when you see a wrong. I appreciate your boldness and leadership.

Anonymous said...

Great letter! Thanks for standing in the truth. I have heard, but have not done any research, that women who have had an abortion have a greater chance of getting breast cancer.

Anonymous said...

Totally, totally, totally agree. I don't know if you've seen it, but here's a great article in Christianity Today. Thought I would pass it along.

Krista J.

Gail C. said...

To my son Chad. I am proud that you are always standing up for what's right. Thank you for writing this letter to SGK. I too will stand and withdraw my support to this organization until and unless they decide for life - all life. mom