Susan G. Koman halts Funds to Planned Parenthood

It always bugged me that Susan G. Koman for the Cure threw so much money toward Planned Parenthood when there are well-established (but ignored) links between abortion and breast cancer.

Today it was announced that the foundation is halting its grants to Planned Parenthood:

Planned Parenthood says the move results from Komen bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists. Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress — a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups.

The rupture, which has not been publicly announced as it unfolded, is wrenching for some of those who’ve learned about it and admire both organizations.

So far, there is only that AP report out there. Will update as more comes in.

How does Abortion connect to Breast Cancer
in very “laymen’s” terms

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  • no good deed

    I have never contributed to Susan G. Komen because of their support of Planned Parenthood. I will make a donation this week to show my support of their decision.

  • Mike

    I’m so confused (and obviously not up to date on the Susan G. Koman Fund). What did they use as a rationale for giving *any* money to Planned Parenthood? What exactly is the connection between breast cancer and family planning (even ignoring PP’s involvement in abortions)?
    I’ve given money to the foundation because my mother, my mother-in-law, and one of my aunts died from breast cancer. Now I feel like a sucker: As if I bought Girl Scout Cookies and found the funds were invested in a Nevada casino.

  • jkm

    Mike, the ostensible connection has always been that a small percentage of Susan G Komen funds go to clinics (including those run by PP) that provide free or low-cost mammography. And if you’ve bought Girl Scout cookies you’ve provided a small percentage of that small percentage, as SGK is one of the charities supported by Girl Scout cookie sales. This split would be a boon for many consciences, and I hope it goes forward.

  • lethargic

    Hooray! I think I’ll do like no good deed and donate today.

  • Sally

    so sad, this is a vote against women’s health. planned parenthood does so many valuable things in poor communities by providing free women’s health care. Learn your facts people. Today is the day I no longer buy susan komen products

  • lethargic

    So I went to the website and donated. Also registered and left a thank-you message on their boards … so very sad that they are being mobbed by pro-abortionists for doing the right thing.

    Mike … the principle at work here is that money is fungible.

  • RandomThoughts

    The woman who founded the Susan G. Komen Foundation– Nancy Brinker, her sister–served on the Advisory Board of Planned Parenthood of Dallas Texas. The link between SGK and PP goes back to the very inception of the Komen organization.

    I will wait to see if they fully detach from funding PP…it seems unlikely.

  • SKay

    Sally–perhaps the same could be said for supporters of PP. It is quite clear what their main business is.

  • doc

    I would not get so excited about this, folks. Komen said they have a policy where they don’t fund groups under investigation. I have seen no mention of them having a problem with abortion. Until I see otherwise, I’ll assume they will resume their Planned Parenthood partnership once the congressional investigation is over. Komen did not just ignore the breast cancer studies that show abortion and the pill are causes, but angrily denied them. Komen’s focus on a cure for breast cancer while ignoring known causes would be like the American Lung Association searching for a lung cancer cure while denying that smoking causes the disease.

  • Romulus

    There’s no reason to believe that Komen has had a change of heart; this announcement is merely a response to PR realities. I’d be not at all surprised to learn of continuing Komen support for PP through in-kind donations, friendly intermediaries, etc. I do not trust either organization.

  • Jane Hartman

    I’ve never given to Komen because of the link with Planned Parenthood. This appears to be a step in the right direction.

  • Karen

    Hold on everybody!!! Before you go rushing out to throw money at them, know that they still fund embryonic stem cell research. And I would be leery of supporting them anyway after all this time of insisting on financing murder and now suddenly they have a new policy of withholding money from any organization under investigation? They didn’t know this before??? Sorry, but my money will go to some other breast cancer research organization that has a much cleaner record. I don’t trust them as far as I can throw them.

  • Lin Myers

    As a scientist, I can tell you the supposed link between breast cancer and abortion is not supported by research that was designed to look at cause and effect. There is a large correlation between shoe size and height, but no one says one causes the other. I am ashamed of Komen – even with a difference of opinion about abortion, to defund reproductive health for women is a crime. Is it really about being under investigation? Come on – this is still about politics, not health care.

    As for embyronic stem cell research, there are new techniques that allow for a single cell to be taken from an embryo that do not kill the embryo, that are used to develop cell lines. It would be very helpful if those of you who want to use science to back up your opinion about abortion would stay up-to-date.

    So, I wish people who focus on helping others, not tearing them down becuase we don’t all believe the same things.

  • Mike

    Whatever else you say, one person’s health is always dramatically affected by abortion – the baby’s.

  • Marie

    When I first saw this, I celebrated too, and considered donating to them to reward them for taking the right stand. Then today I got an e-mail from Komen in Austin explaining the decision:

    “We are dismayed and extremely disappointed that actions Komen has taken to strengthen our granting process have been widely mischaracterized. It is necessary to set the record straight.

    Starting in 2010, Komen began an initiative to help measure the impact of our community grants. This is important because the Komen Affiliates invest significant dollars in local community programs–$93 million in 2011, which provided for 700,000 breast health screenings and diagnostic procedures.

    Following this review, the decision was made to implement stronger performance criteria for grantees to minimize duplication and free up dollars for direct services to help vulnerable women. To support this new granting strategy, Komen has also implemented more stringent eligibility standards to safeguard donor dollars. Consequently, some organizations are currently ineligible to receive Komen grants.

    Some might argue that the standards are too exacting, but over the past three decades people have given Komen more than just their money. They have given their trust and Komen takes that responsibility very seriously.

    We regret that these new policies have impacted some longstanding grantees, such as Planned Parenthood, but want to be absolutely clear that the grant-making decisions are not about politics. The eleven non-profit healthcare organizations currently funded by Komen Austin to provide free breast health services in our community will continue to receive funding through March 31 of this year. As we look to the next grant cycle, we will continue to work diligently to ensure there are no gaps in services for those women in need.”

    I’m sorry, but Komen is no friend to Pro-Life. They stay off my charity list.