The Misguided Charity Of American Airlines

May 3, 2008 09:00 AM
I fly all over the place and frequently use American Airlines. My husband loves collecting those "miles" for upgrades. However, we were quite shocked to read a note from a fellow airline traveler mentioning the airline was going to support the activities of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. In the official press release the airline announced:
 
American Airlines has launched ‘Miles for the Cure,’ a special fundraising campaign that rewards donors by giving them five AAdvantage miles for every dollar they contribute to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

This project will run through the end of May – May 31 to be exact. It is fortunate that we learned of this early enough to let the airline know precisely how disturbing it is that they have chosen a foundation that is aligned with many facets of the culture of death to benefit from their charitable efforts. Before I give you the contact information for American Airlines so that you can register your displeasure, let me set forth the problematic nature of the Komen/Planned Parenthood record:
  1. In a single year Susan G. Komen for the Cure contributed $711,485 to Planned Parenthood.
  2. The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer notes that a former Komen Latina adviser, Eva Sanchez Silver, left Komen due to not only its support of Planned Parenthood but its refusal to acknowledge the link between abortion and breast cancer.
  3. It has been proven that a woman who uses oral contraception has a higher risk of have breast cancer than a woman who does not. As the Polycarp Research Institute makes clear: "As of 2003, 18 out of 21 retrospective studies show that women who take oral contraceptives prior to their first-term birth incur an increased risk in developing breast cancer." Today we can be sure that number is either the same or higher.

Any charitable effort pursued by a corporation as large as American Airlines should be based first and foremost on the undeniable fact that the charity being supported is totally honest about the efforts it is pursuing.

We know beyond a doubt that the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is not involved in unbiased, savory research efforts. It is not providing support to research that confirms the connections between abortion and breast cancer, not to mention the connections between contraception and breast cancer. And, perhaps most egregious, it has aligned itself with the world’s number one promoter of the very things that contribute to breast cancer: contraception and abortion.

Therefore, American Airlines has made a grave error and it is up to you and me to point it out to them.
Here's how:

AA Customer Relations invites customers to send comments or inquiries via mail, fax or e-mail.
 
  • U.S. Mail
    American Airlines Customer Relations
    P.O. Box 619612 MD 2400
    DFW Airport, TX 75261-9612
  • Overnight Mail
    American Airlines Customer Relations
    4255 Amon Carter Blvd. MD 2400
    Fort Worth, TX 76155-2603
  • Fax
    Fax: (817) 967-4162
  • You may e-mail American Airlines by going to their web site, http://www.aa.com/index_us.jhtml, clicking on "Contact AA," then clicking "Customer Relations" and then selecting "Email AA Customer Relations."

Don’t let this opportunity to let American Airlines know what a dreadful error in judgment they have made by choosing to support a "charity" that is not interested in stemming the real cause of increasing numbers of breast cancer cases in America pass by.
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