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Komen Foundation Stops Grants to Planned Parenthood

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

One of the country’s best-known breast cancer charities is halting funding to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates — cutting off hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure said it will stop giving grants — which help fund breast cancer screening and other breast-health services — to Planned Parenthood because it is under investigation in Congress by Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns.

Planned Parenthood says Komen is facing pressure from anti-abortion activists.

Komen grants totaled approximately $680,000 last year and $580,000 the year before.

Leslie Aun, a spokeswoman for Komen, said the charity's newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities.

Anti-abortion groups welcomed the news. The Alliance Defense Fund praised Komen "for seeing the contradiction between its lifesaving work and its relationship with an abortionist that has ended millions of lives."

Reaction to Komen’s decision was swift and passionate, with people using social media to praise Komen's decision or angrily vowing never to give to it again.

Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has depicted Stearns' probe as politically motivated and said she was dismayed that it had contributed to Komen's decision to halt the grants to PPFA affiliates.

The group was focused on raising funds to replace the Komen grants so that breast-screening services can continue, according to Richards. One person has already donated $250,000 towards that goal.

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Comments [8]

andrea from montclair

Re: Komen / Planned Parenthood -
Anti -abortionists are misnamed “pro-life.”
Planned Parenthood directs its time, money and energy to providing a myriad of health care services.
Anti-abortionists direct their time money and energy to making abortion illegal. This is a very limited agenda
The Komen action underscores the need to pay attention to what an organization does, not what it calls it self. In reality, it is Planned Parenthood that promotes life, and health and family.

Feb. 03 2012 09:03 AM
Susan Sallamack from Cranford, NJ

What I received from Planned Parenthood: The only medical attention I could afford as a married student: Annual Breast exams, self-exam instructions, Gyno exams and tests, diagnosis and treatment of common married-woman infections, and the only one-on-one reproductive information/counseling I received until I was 30 years old. Hooray for Planned Parenthood for valuing women and families.

Feb. 02 2012 08:01 AM
Nick from Jersey

So, my question is:
What is Planned Parenthood's total donations received in a year? Is $600 grand really that much to them? It is interesting that they already got a $250,000 donation from just one person. Honestly, this move will more than likely hurt Komen and help Planned Parenthood. Pretty stupid on Komen's part...

Feb. 01 2012 11:03 PM
RXN from Queens

Congratulations to Komen. If you truly support women's rights, you would be against abortion - a monstrous procedure which makes women into men by allowing them to have sexual relations without consequences. It denies women their femininity. It is a repudiation of motherhood. Our most basic and loving instinct should be to preserve life - especially the life of your OWN child. And we should abhor murder. Instead, we have people who justify taking the life of an unborn baby as a "right." An upside down morality. Fight evil; don't fund it.

Feb. 01 2012 07:16 PM
Joanne Dufilho from North Carolina

I wish I hadn't donated $75 to Konen yesterday in support of my niece in Fort Worth. I would not knowingly donate to any organization that cuts off funds for Planned Parenthood. That shows a short sightedness that is not supported with facts.

Feb. 01 2012 05:43 PM
Dawn Brown from St. Paul, MN

How does one male, Cliff Stearns, get to have that much of an impact on two organizations that primarily benefit women? One high power white guy turns women against each other by initiating a witch hunt. Some things never change in this country.

Feb. 01 2012 05:35 PM
Lynnda Jordan from Seattle, WA

It's truely a sad day in this country when an organization, whose purpose it is to promote breast cancer research, allows their leader to make decisions based on her own religious and politcal beliefs. Why is this allowed to happen? I will not be donating any money to your organization, nor will any of my friends, until this decision is reversed.

Feb. 01 2012 04:55 PM
Stacey Dougan from ATL, GA

Your decision to defund Planned Parenthood is reprehensible. At a time when healthcare is increasingly expensive and unavailable for poor and minority women, you helped to ensure that they will not, cannot, receive it from the one place that was previously available to them. This is cynical politics at its worst. Please fire Karen Handel and beg the women's community for forgiveness. It's the only humane thing to do.

Feb. 01 2012 04:40 PM

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