Susan G. Komen Foundation Cuts Planned Parenthood Funding

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The Susan G. Komen Foundation is cutting funds to Planned Parenthood, sparking outcry from abortion rights advocates and praise from an anti-abortion group.

The major breast cancer research group cut funds after the organization came under increasing scrutiny from Congress over how it provides abortion services.

The Komen Foundation gave few details on the reasons behind the decision, citing "changes in priorities and policies" and a need to "fully advance [its] mission."

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"It is critical to underscore that the women we serve  remain our priority. We are working directly to ensure there is no interruption or gaps in services for women who need breast health screening and services,” the group said.

Nancy Brinker, Susan G. Komen's sister and the founder and CEO of the Komen Foundation, was a political appointee of the George W. Bush Administration, in which she served as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and as Chief of Protocol.

Planned Parenthood, meanwhile, was clearly disappointed.

"We are alarmed and saddened that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation appears to have succumbed to political pressure," that group said.

As for the amount of funding cut, Planned Parenthood said the dollars from the Komen Foundation have largely paid for breast exams at local centers.

In the last five years, grants from the group have directly supported 170,000 screenings, comprising about 4 percent of the total exams performed at Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide, according to the group.

The family planning organization announced a recent "emergency fund" from a different group, the Amy and Lee Fikes' Foundation, that will go towards making up for lost funds from Komen. The gift totaled $250,000.

Planned Parenthood said Komen began notifying local affiliates recently that their breast cancer initiatives would not be eligible for new grants.

In a statement, the group said the foundation's leadership did not respond to requests to meet with Planned Parenthood officials about the decision.

In September, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce investigated Planned Parenthood's "compliance with federal restrictions on funding abortions."

In a letter sent to Planed Parenthood, the committee asked the group to provide information on how it segregates family planning from abortion services, as well as its policies on reporting cases of sexual abuse, rape and sex trafficking.

The committee also asked for all internal audit reports from 1998-2010.

Funding for Planned Parenthood came under the spotlight in April, when a GOP push to strip $317 million in federal funding for the group failed in an eleventh hour budget deal to avoid a federal government shutdown.


Susan B Komen Foundation! So Sad to think all your good intentions will end in you being ok with abortions of innocent babies.Wow what would your sister think... I will not walk for this organization again or donate to it. I am a surviver of Breast Cancer 18 yrs going on 19. I was so proud walking for the Breast Cancer Cure If I'd of known what I know now I'd of never given a dime. I'm done if only the pro -life org. could have used that money to STOP Abortions. To the person who thinks abortion is a women's right, I wonder what you"d think if you were the baby being aborted


Thank you for your reversal on your stance against Planned Parenthood!


It's is clear that the Susan B Komen organization, which had been doing very good job in combating breast cancer, very foolishly allowed itself to be hijacked for political purposes by far-right Republican political extremists who care far more about advancing their own "back to the Middle Ages" social agenda than the do about combating breast cancer. The Komen board and management have done a grave disservice to their own cause thereby. It should never have been dragged into politics of any kind, and certainly not extremist politics, in this way. All this damage is direct consequence of another grave mistake by the board and management: hiring as Senior Vice President of public affairs. a failed candidate for the Virginia State Senate who is from the most extreme, gun-totin' far right of the Republican party, and is evidently misusing the money that pays for her salary -- money raised to combat cancer -- in an attempt to revive her failed political career.


Oh, the power of women. Woman united to tell Susan B Koman you are wrong. Good luck with your reversal. Women will no longer walk, rather we will gather and shout, "Shame on you.".


Oh, the power of women. No longer will walk....we will gather and shout, "Shame on you."


Cowards! What happened to taking care of WOMEN?! ALL WOMEN? I know where to send my donations.


I strongly oppose abortion. This article said they used the money for breast exams, but I think that's why they are being audited. The earmarked money is going to abortions and they lied. Now @LAURA.... Did you really say lazy women need to keep their legs closed? It is NOT only the womans responsibility. It requires a male whom can just as easily use a condom.


Way to go,SBKF. You managed to politicize women's health. No way I'm giving you a dime any more. Nor walking for you. And believe me, I"m not alone.


Maybe Susan B. found out that the money she was donating was going to killing babies not breast cancer screening (their org. focus).
Way to GO!! Do not back down- more people need to become aware of what goes on behind closed doors at Planned Parenthood! I think if we could send all our 4th grade girls on "tours" through most facilities we would see a lot less baby killing. Sure, they provide other services so they can remain in the good graces of the public, but their overall profit is in abortions. Please tell me... when is it "ALL RIGHT" to kill a baby?


It these economics times, one must focus on what the priority is. Susan B. Komen priority is a cure for breast cancer. period. The origins of Planned Parenthood are dark and sinister. The disadvantage woman that they didnt want to procreate was the black woman. so the planned parenthood facilities sprung up in the black nieghbors. Please don't insult my intelligence like this is a good thing to eradicate a race by pretending you providing a service it needs when the ultimate goal is the destruction of a race. Defective contraceptions were provided. $$$ was provided. If you think Planned Parenthood is about a woman's right, look at how much money is transferring hands. GET REAL people. If it was about a woman's right, they would have taught women the games men play to get in the panties a long time ago.