Planned Parenthood and Susan G. Komen Controversy

March 11, 2013

Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, is hailed as a champion for women’s health. Its supporters say women would suffer without it and not receive low-cost healthcare anywhere else. Many national companies and organizations have also expressed their support for Planned Parenthood; one of Planned Parenthood’s supporters was Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, of which 18 of its affiliates (not including the Evansville Tri-State Komen Affiliate) gave the abortion giant money to perform breast cancer screenings.

But on Jan. 31, 2012, that changed – Komen decided to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. This fueled a media frenzy, with many people lashing out at Komen for its decision. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood played the innocent victim.

The situation began in December 2011, when Komen announced it would no longer fund organizations that were under criminal or congressional investigation. Komen also wanted its funding to be more results-oriented. One critical part of a breast cancer screening is a mammogram, which Planned Parenthood, contrary to popular belief, does not provide. (It only does manual self-exams, which a woman can do by herself at home.) Shortly after the announcement, Komen bowed to pressure and resumed funding Planned Parenthood. The situation sent a clear message to the American public: if you mess with Planned Parenthood, you will pay the price.

Planned Parenthood does not need Komen’s or any other group’s money. Komen only gave about $700,000 annually to Planned Parenthood, but the abortion provider received more than $480 million in government funding in 2010. Another $230 million came from donations. While government funding tripled between 1994 and 2010, the number of abortions at Planned Parenthood clinics nearly tripled as well. A bill to cut funding to the abortion giant in 2010 failed to pass the U.S. Senate. The Obama Administration has threatened to cut funding to states that have defunded Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood has shown again and again that it can and will bully people into giving it money. The Komen controversy is a prime example.

Right to Life of Southwest Indiana does not support those who directly or indirectly fund the nation’s largest abortion provider or abortion itself. We hope the cure for breast cancer and other cancers will be found and support ethical means of doing so. Following are some breast cancer research organizations we do support:

National Breast Cancer Foundation
2600 Network Blvd., Ste. 300
Frisco, TX 75034

Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer
PO Box 80201
Fort Wayne, IN 46898-0201
tel. 260-207-5186

Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
30 Rehill Ave., Ste. 3400
Somerville, NJ 08876
tel. 1-86-NOCANCER

The Polycarp Research Institute
2232 Second Ave., Altoona, PA 16602





2. The New York Times article “Komen Foundation Works to Regain Support”

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