Great News from Komen

Great News from Komen February 2, 2012

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation is cutting its ties with Planned Parenthood ostensibly due to the investigations and financial inquiries into PP.

Many of us have struggled over the years, our consciences not permitting us to give to the many races and events that friends have run because of these ties since the money that Komen donates to Planned Parenthood frees up more funds for PP’s other works. This is a great step towards focusing on saving women’s lives.

(I don’t believe that Komen has changed their stance on embryonic stem cell research, though would love to know if anyone knows anything about this.)

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  • Mary Alice

    Someone asked me the challenging and important question, will women be hurt because they do not have access to these services, formerly offered by PP through the Komen grant.u00a0 The answer appears to be NO.u00a0 Here is a government website that allows you to search for low cost or free mammography:nn searched my state and it seems that there is a funded program in EVERY COUNTY, many at major hospitals or medical centers.u00a0 My hope is that some of the grant money that Komen formerly gave to PP will go to more free screenings at other places.nnPeople have also argued that because this money is going “just” to screenings, it is heartless to applaud the loss of this money.u00a0 Anyone who has spent time in the non profit world knows that most project specific grants do help offset other expenses, such as building, staff and equipment costs.nnIf planned parenthood truly had a primary goal of being a low cost women’s health care clinic, it would have a different name.u00a0 Fertility and pregnancy are not diseases and should not be treated as such.u00a0

  • Elizabeth M

    A quote from an official press statement:nnnu201cSusan G. Komen for the Cureu00ae has never funded human embryonic stem ncell research (HESCR) nor does Komen currently fund H-ESCR. Komen nsupports research on the isolation, derivation, production, and testing nof stem cells that are capable of producing all or almost all of the ncell types of the developing body and may result in improved nunderstanding of or treatments for breast cancer, but are derived nwithout creating a human embryo or destroying a human embryo.u201dnnnnThis is from a pdf of the Official Statement available in their media center: can’t state for sure what they’ve done in the past. They say they’ve never funded ESCR. nnFrom what I’ve read, the Komen grants accounted for 4.25% of the breast “screening” at PP. PP has had to admit that it does not actually perform mammograms, it refers women for them. This is not to say that a clinical breast exam is not important for cancer screening, BUT the general perception is that huge groups of women will now be without care and that’s not true. PP even has a statement saying that Komen basically caved to “anti-women’s health” groups. You know that’s what they think anyone pro-life is — they cannot see the difference.nnKomen is not perfect BUT this is a huge step. I do hope they get overwhelming support to counter-act the tremendous hateful comments they are getting from PP supporters. It does seem that their new leadership is making a concerted effort to make changes.nnHere’s an article my husband wrote yesterday on the issue:nHereu2019s the article at the National Catholic Register:nnn