DALLAS - Many breast cancer survivors rely on their faith to get them through their bout with breast cancer.
So it seemed like a perfect partnership when the publishing arm of Lifeway Christian Resources and the Susan G. Komen Foundation partnered to create the "Here's Hope Breast Cancer Bible," a pink-bound version of the Holman Christian Standard Bible.
A dollar from each copy sold would have gone to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Foundation.
But some Christian groups complained to Lifeway because the Komen Foundation has been known to give grants and funding to Planned Parenthood, which besides providing preventative medicine, including mammograms to low-income women, also performs abortion.
"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," said Thom Rainer, President and CEO of Lifeway Christian Resources.
Punky Tolson, a Dallas cancer survivor, was given a Bible with a pink cover when she was diagnosed with cancer. Tolson said she relied on her faith to get her through breast cancer, but agrees with what Lifeway is doing.
"Lifeway is a Christian publishing company and retail outlet, and they have quite a responsibility to hold that name, so I agree with their decision," Tolson said.
But others, like cancer survivor Dr. Sharon Peterson, fear severing ties could have serious implications on low- or no-income women.
"A mammogram saved my life," Peterson said. "I was able to go in on an annual basis and they found cancer at the very early stages, so what troubles me now is that something as holy as the Bible is being used to perhaps deny women access to this very vital form of healthcare."
The Susan G. Komen Foundation released a statement saying, "We are sorry to hear that Lifeway has decided to end sales of the Bible, especially since proceeds from the partnership were to support national breast cancer programs with no dollars going to Planned Parenthood programs."