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.

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I will now support the Susan G. Komen Foundation even more. I believe the foundation will still help many, many women. I am truly grateful that the foundation has taken a stand against abortion.

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I did not have a family practice doctor when I started having issues with
my period. I called planned parenthood hoping they could at least refer me
to an OBY/GN when they said I could be seen there by one of their doctors.
It was the planned parenthood doctor who insisted I get my (very 1st )
mammogram. That was the one that detected my breast cancer and saved my
life. I am extremely unhappy with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision. I have four children. I, personally am pro-life. However, I give other FREE Americans the right to have different believes then me. Christianity is not meant to enslave people to Jesus' teachings. It was a whole lot easy to support Republicans when they truely were the party of small government, more power to states and individuals. The decision a woman made to have an abortion was NOT any of the big bad government's business. BELIEVE me, when you hear you have cancer, your 1st thought isn't an agency's polical leanings.

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I absolutely applaud this decision by the Susan B. Koman Foundation! Personally, I can only hope that this wasn't just a politically presuaded move....but an ethical one. The way the media is painting Planned Parenthood as a wonderful resource for preventing breast cancer for women....is preposterous, to say the very least. First of all, there are reputable places to obtain free mammagrams all over this country. Not to mention, that the majority of insurance companies pay the full cost for yearly mammagrams, including free insurance offered to low income women. Planned Parenthoods primary objective is simply:making money and LOTS of it. They make that money by exploiting underpriviledged women, providing them abortions that are unrelated to health and then giving these individuals a low dosage birth control pill to help ensure that they will be a repeat customer! Planned Parenthood does not care about women.....it cares about the bottom line: Millions of taxpayer dollars.....period!

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Eleanor Dwight Jones
(Social Darwinist)
Head of the American Birth Control League If you listen to these fools, NO ONE should have babies no one is perfect in their eyes except for them and their families, and I guarantee you, you nor I are related and neither is about 90% of the population... I will agree their are some medical reasons for having abortions, but if 90% of you lazy females would either keep your legs closed or try something to prevent it like umm oh yeah BIRTH CONTROLL DUH! we wouldn't have to murder all of these unwanted babies! Murder is Murder!!!!

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"The second half of our program is to secure the cooperation of the social agencies in these cities in getting the women of the lowest social and economic class to avail themselves of the contraceptive advice offered them... We ... are concentrating on the practical work of making it possible for the lower social classes to practice birth control. For the good of the race, people of poor stock - incompetant and sickly - should have few or no children, and fortunately they want few or no children. In this matter private interest is in accord with public interest. That is the strength of the birth control movement."

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"The time is ripe for us to launch throughout the country a systematic campaign against the present disgenic multiplication of the unfit. The public is beginning to realize that scientific, constructive philanthropy does not merely care for the diseased, the poor and the degenerated, but takes steps to prevent the birth of babies destined to be paupers, invalids, degenerates, or all three."
writing to Lawrence B. Dunham, director of the Bureau of Social Hygiene, Nov. 5, 1930

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How many of you silly people even know who and why this organization was even started? Umm maybe 1 or 2, listen to Mary do some research on Planned Parenthood and Margaret Sanger(the founder)! This organization was started by a nurse who believed in eugenics(n)- the study of or belief in the possibility of improving the qualities of the human species or human population, especially by such means as discouraging reproduction by persons having genetic defects or presumed to have inheritable undesirable traits or encouraging reproduction by persons presumed to have inheritable desirable traits! (This is the same kind of study done by hitler to the jews, his scientists started the study of eugenics and we all know they did such GREAT things to the Jewish people in Germany back in the early 40's.) They want to WEED out the "undesirables", excuse me, but who are they to say WHO the undesirables are?

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"It is critical to underscore that the women we serve remain our priority" We are just choosing not to serve the poor.

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If you all would read the article the funding was given to Planned Parenthood for breast screenings...not abortions. This is like saying that by giving to the Catholic Church you support child molestation.

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Thank You so much Komen Foundation for deciding to use your money and influence to help women and to not fund death sentences on a woman's child.