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Cancer charity confronts backlash

February 3, 2012

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NEW YORK — The renowned breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure faced an escalating backlash Thursday over its decision to cut breast screening grants to Planned Parenthood. Some of Komen’s local affiliates are openly upset, including all seven in California, and at least one top official has quit, reportedly in protest.

Meanwhile, Komen has been deluged with negative emails and Facebook postings, accusing it of knuckling under to pressure from anti-abortion groups, since The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that it was halting grants that Planned Parenthood affiliates used for breast exams and related services. The grants totaled $680,000 last year.

Planned Parenthood has been heartened by an outpouring of support in response to the cutoff. In addition to $400,000 in smaller donations from 6,000 people, it is receiving $250,000 from a family foundation in Dallas and a $250,000 pledge announced Thursday by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to match future donations.

In Washington, 26 U.S. senators — all Democrats except for independent Bernie Sanders of Vermont — signed a letter calling on Komen to reconsider its decision.

“It would be tragic if any woman — let alone thousands of women — lost access to these potentially lifesaving screenings because of a politically motivated attack,” the senators wrote.

Komen’s top leaders, in their first news conference since the controversy erupted, denied Planned Parenthood’s assertion that the decision was driven by pressure from anti-abortion groups.

Comments

Ragingbear 2 years, 10 months ago

They are also cutting funding to KU Medical Center because they do stem cell research. You know, that research that has the potential to eradicate horrific diseases like Alzheimer's, Huntington's and so forth? As in almost every neurological disease in existence and the ability to restore paralyzed patient's ability to function again? Yeah.

Up next, Susan G. Komen will join forces with PETA, form Voltron.

littlexav 2 years, 10 months ago

I read a study where they injected stem cells (from a mouse maybe?) into the brain of a patient with Parkinson's. Within six weeks, he was like 98% better. It faded a little bit, but he was never as bad as before the treatment. Hard to believe that curing someone of a disease that rips away their motor skills is immoral.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 10 months ago

Oh, do let us dictate how a private foundation spends their own money! It will be ever such jolly fun!

Beth Ennis 2 years, 10 months ago

I honestly don't know if a charity organization is considered "private", but since ALL of their funds come from donors, the donors are speaking. If they want to continue to receive money from donors, they do need to listen to them. They don't have to, but their organization may not be around much longer if it doesn't. They have gotten too big and are more concerned about money than they are fighting cancer. They have also spent a lot of time and money suing other cancer organizations who use the phrase "for the cure". That one alone was enough for me to no longer donate to them or participate in events that send money to them. Oh, and their CEO, the sister of Susan Kommen is making closet to a million dollars a year. I just have a hard time with that.

Ragingbear 2 years, 10 months ago

That's closing the barn door after the horses already got out.

cowboy 2 years, 10 months ago

New Information shows Komen organization flat out lied about cutting off Planned Parenthoods Cancer screening dollars.

Via Huffpost

But a Komen insider told HuffPost on Sunday that Karen Handel, Komen's staunchly anti-abortion vice president for public policy, was the main force behind the decision to defund Planned Parenthood and the attempt to make that decision look nonpolitical.

"Karen Handel was the prime instigator of this effort, and she herself personally came up with investigation criteria," the source, who requested anonymity for professional reasons, told HuffPost. "She said, 'If we just say it's about investigations, we can defund Planned Parenthood and no one can blame us for being political.'"

Emails between Komen leadership on the day the Planned Parenthood decision was announced, which were reviewed by HuffPost under the condition they not be published, confirm the source's description of Handel's sole "authority" in crafting and implementing the Planned Parenthood policy.

Handel's strategy to cut off Planned Parenthood involved drafting new guidelines that would prevent Komen from funding any organization that was under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. Since Planned Parenthood is currently the target of a congressional inquiry prompted by House Republicans into the way it uses government funds, the family planning provider would have been immediately disqualified from receiving new Komen grants.

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