Susan G. Komen Foundation Cuts Planned Parenthood Funding
Susan G. Komen, of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Charity has severed its charity funds to Planned Parenthood for breast examinations and other breast health services.
Why is the Susan G. Komen Foundation Stopping Funds to Planned Parenthood?
Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced Tuesday that a newly adopted policy, that says they must not partner with affiliates under government investigation, is causing the halt to fund Planned Parenthood. Komen is famous for the pink ribbon and known for a long history in fundraising for breast cancer and funding other women's health organizations to help fund breast exams, mammograms and biopsies for suspicious lumps in the breast.
Although the money that is given to Planned Parenthood is not used for abortions, speculation circles that the pressure to stop funds came from anti-abortion groups when Florida Representative Cliff Stearns (republican), questioned whether or not the organization was using public money to fund the abortion services offered at some Planned Parenthood centers.
Planned Parenthood's Part in Breast Health
Over the last five years, Planned Parenthood has provided 4 million breast exams and referrals to over 70,000 mammograms through out the United States. One Komen Grant funded a Planned Parenthood in Vietnam for breast exams, and another allowed the chapter to fund referrals for biopsies for women who had suspicious lumps discovered during breast exams at a Planned Parenthood clinic.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation has allowed themselves to be bullied by anti-abortion activists while this isn't even an abortion issue. Women's health is political debate ran by rich white males who don't understand the devastating effects of breast and other cancers related to female health.
Komen President Liz Thompson forwarded a statement to the foundation's spokesperson for the public:
“Grant making decisions are not about politics—our priority is and always will be the women we serve. Making this issue political or leveraging it for fundraising purposes would be a disservice to women.”
What's Going to Happen to Planned Parenthood?
The Komen foundation funded nearly $680,000 to just 19 Planned Parentood centers. Despite the blow to their financial situation, Planned Parenthood may receive more money from other patrons and organizations as revenge against the Susan G. Komen foundation. A wealthy couple in Texas have reportedly pledged $250,000 alone.
Judy Blume, author of many beloved children's books tweeted "Susan Komen would not have given in to bully or fear. Unfortunately the organization bearing her name did."