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Southern Baptist publisher recalls pink Bibles, cites Planned Parenthood donations

December 15th, 2011 2:11 pm by Staff Report

NASHVILLE (AP) — The Southern Baptist Convention's publishing division is recalling pink Bibles, saying some of the money raised through their sale was to be given to Planned Parenthood.

LifeWay Christian Resources no longer markets the pink-bound version of the Holman Christian Standard Bible and is recalling copies it sold, according to The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/u90K40).

A portion of the purchase price was pledged to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Andrea Rader in the charity's marketing department said LifeWay had pledged $25,000.

LifeWay's move came after complaints that some local Komen affiliates were helping fund cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood, which also provides abortions.

"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," LifeWay president Thomas Rainer said in a statement.

The Komen foundation issued a statement in which it said all proceeds from the Bible sales were going to breast cancer screenings and expressed disappointment in LifeWay's decision.

The pink Bibles had been in stores since October.

Last week, some anti-abortion websites cited a report from the Stafford, Va.-based American Life League, which showed that local affiliates of Komen had granted hundreds of thousands of dollars to Planned Parenthood affiliates.

"The sign might as well read, 'Buy a Bible and support abortion!'" wrote Susan Tyrrell of the Bound4Life blog.

Komen has acknowledged that some funds have gone to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings, saying its Planned Parenthood funding paid for 139,000 breast exams and about 5,000 mammograms, detecting 177 cases of cancer in the past five years, according to the charity's website.

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Information from: The Tennessean, http://www.tennessean.com

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