Susan G. Komen cuts ties with Planned Parenthood; PP donations swell


Everyone’s been talking about the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision yesterday to cut its funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings. Representatives from the Komen Foundation insist the move is not political, but rather in response to an ongoing Congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood. The investigation comes in response to claims that PP has been using federal funding for abortion services (which is against the law). However, previous audits of PP have shown that this claim is not true. Rather, it is more likely that the claim is politically motivated (the investigation was launched by a conservative Republican egged on by anti-abortion groups).


Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards says, “It’s hard to understand how an organization with whom we share a mission of saving women’s lives could have bowed to this kind of bullying.” Much criticism of the Komen foundation has been come in similar forms of this sentiment– both organizations are meant to promote women’s health. So why sever ties? 

The good news for Planned Parenthood, however, is that approximately $400,000 in donations has poured in since yesterday’s announcement from the Komen Foundation. (In comparison, Komen provided PP with approximately $680,000 in grants last year).

What do you think of the Komen Foundation’s decision? Was it politically motivated? What will be the long term repercussions of this decision?

UPDATE: Mollie Williams, former managing director of health programs at the Komen Foundation has resigned in protest of Komen’s decision. Read more about her resignation here


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