For some people, when they see the color pink, they think of Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen. I, however, do not.
I am the daughter, niece and granddaughter of breast cancer survivors. I am well aware of breast cancer and its implications; between these three courageous role models in my life, they have survived cancer five times. Furthermore, I would not be alive and writing this piece today if it weren’t for the conviction of my parents, who made what they consider a “no brainer” decision back in July of 1993.
Just 12 weeks into her second pregnancy, my mother was diagnosed with Stage IV recurrent breast cancer (her first occurrence was in 1988, 10 months after my brother was born). Immediately, my parents sought the best advice in southern Texas. They were shocked at the initial responses of the medical professionals. The first two oncologists who they saw recommended aborting me. The radiologist suggested aborting me. The doctor that did the two amniocentesis procedures was astounded that my parents were proceeding with the pregnancy.
Due to their conviction and determination, and the tremendous grace of God, they finally found a group of physicians to help them maintain the pregnancy, and I am alive to tell the tale.
There can be no doubt that my parents are pro-life and that they’ve provided my brother and me a pro-life moral foundation. I would never stand behind an organization that promotes, supports or defends any part of Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen, or any other abortion-funding or pro-choice group.
Instead, I stand with Blue Crew: an organization that did not shy away from a challenge to raise awareness and money for a worthy cause that provides support for pro-life organizations that research this horrific disease and offer life-saving tests and procedures to those in need. Planned Parenthood hosted a Pink Out celebration the same day Blue Crew announced its Pink Out initiative. Fortunately, this untimely announcement did not stop Blue Crew from raising over $1,400 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
For some Catholics, the color pink and the iconic pink ribbon have negative connotations since many breast cancer awareness foundations help fund pro-choice organizations like Planned Parenthood. But perhaps instead of altogether changing the color and symbol associated with the disease, we can work to give them positive implications, by supporting more pro-life foundations such as the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
While the color pink is not in my personal color wheel, I wear it with pride during the month of October. And when I wear it, I do not think of Planned Parenthood or Susan G. Komen. I think of my beloved family members and the millions of men and women who have fought so courageously against this disease. Before anyone questions Blue Crew’s intentions with “pink-out” month, I ask them to reserve their criticism and consider who is being helped — courageous, pro-life women like my mother, aunt and grandmother.