Forum Post: Susan G. Komen Ends Funding to Planned Parenthood due to Political Pressure from the Right
Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 1, 2012, 11:26 a.m. EST by groobiecat2
from Brattleboro, VT
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Susan G. Komen Reverses Planned Parenthood Decision, Pledges To Continue Funding
UPDATE: Komen Official Resigns, Site Hacked, Planned Parenthood Surges (http://tinyurl.com/82zvj6o)
The latest salvo against women? Susan G. Komen, the largest breast cancer charity in the country, terminated its breast cancer screening grant assistance to Planned Parenthood. According to Think Progress:
Planned Parenthood Federation of America today expressed deep disappointment in response to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s decision to stop funding breast cancer prevention, screenings and education at Planned Parenthood health centers. Anti-choice groups in America have repeatedly threatened the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation for partnering with Planned Parenthood to provide these lifesaving cancer screenings and news articles suggest that the Komen Foundation ultimately succumbed to these pressures.
“We are alarmed and saddened that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation appears to have succumbed to political pressure. Our greatest desire is for Komen to reconsider this policy and recommit to the partnership on which so many women count,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
In the last few weeks, the Komen Foundation has begun notifying local Planned Parenthood programs that their breast cancer initiatives will not be eligible for new grants (beyond existing agreements or plans).
According to America Blog: Handel Campaigned for Governor in 2010 on Anti-Choice and Anti-Planned Parenthood Platform. In a statement on her campaign website, Handel wrote, “I am staunchly and unequivocally pro-life. I believe in the sanctity and inherent dignity of human life, and I will be a pro-life governor who will work tirelessly to promote a culture of life in Georgia…. I believe that each and every unborn child has inherent dignity, that every abortion is a tragedy, and that government has a role, along with the faith community, in encouraging women to choose life in even the most difficult of circumstances…. since I am pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood.” [Karen Handel Campaign Blog, 7/15/10] (source: http://www.americablog.com/2012/01/komen-pro-life-vp-promised-to-defund.html)
Enough of the war against women in this country. Send a message to SGK that this isn't okay.