Komen Foundation reverses funding decision of Planned Parenthood
February 3rd, 2012
11:35 AM ET
8 years ago

Komen Foundation reverses funding decision of Planned Parenthood

(CNN) - Faced with a deluge of opposition that included pressure from lawmakers and internal dissent, one of America's leading breast cancer advocacy groups on Friday reversed itself on a decision that would have cut off funding to some Planned Parenthood projects.

"We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation said in a statement. "We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities."


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  1. Annie, Atlanta

    This isn't exactly a reversal of their stance. They will consider PP applications for grants in the future. Want to wager on what the answer will be?

    In the meantime I thought SGK Foundation needs to be investigated. How does a non-profit that's supposed to be looking for the cure spend only 19% of their donations on said search, while paying themselves and their PR people boatloads? Interesting no?

    February 3, 2012 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. Ron

    "For a very scary day for Womens Health, you made the humane decision!!! "We thought your Foundation was Republican for some "Odd" reason???? Why would any Foundation that makes health care possible for a great deal of American women,go the Republican Way????? Bless Planned Parenthood!!!!

    February 3, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I live in the DC area and the outrage behind this politically motivated decision was palapable. My well-heeled customers were outraged, and quite prepared to demonstrate said outrage by shutting their wallets and purses vis-a-vis donations to Komen.
    Money, as usual, makes even the blind see the light huh Susan?

    February 3, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Misspelled: palpable. Pardon.

    February 3, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  5. Al-NY,NY


    Bad move. I will no longer support an organization who gives money to kill humans.

    so you gave money to them before? you baby-killer!!!!! how dare you not protect a clump of cells from those murderous heathens!

    February 3, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "Cons are for human life in the womb, but are quite willing to end it by sending citizens off to a war that was based on lies. Google the number of dead and wounded in Iraq then get back to us with your holier-than-thou crap."
    We have a volunteer armed forces staffed by adults who made a conscious decision to serve, knowing full well of the potential consequences of their actions. To make an analogy with an innocent unborn is quite honestly disgusting. You've stooped to a new low.

    February 3, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Furthermore, what is the big problem with our President quoting Bible verses? Is it forbidden for THIS President to reference his Christian beliefs? We had one president who actually stated that he made many decisions because God spoke to him. Rick Santorum can't say two words without referencing his Catholic upbringing. But we're going to jump all over President Barack Hussein Obama for correctly stating that the Bible tells us to look after the poor? What the hell is wrong with you people?!

    February 3, 2012 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Truth wrote:

    BTW, Prohibition was "settled law" too right? Mistakes are made and mistakes are corrected. That's also the law of the land. You don't have to agree with it.
    BTW, it was criminals and gangsters who didn't respect the Prohibition. By your logic that would make today's abortion opponents outlaws and criminals. Considering the violence that we have seen against clinics and doctors, I will concede your point.

    February 3, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  9. Diane

    I am disappointed in the decision to to now support Planned Parenthood. I will not support this org.

    February 3, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Fair is Fair
    We have a volunteer armed forces staffed by adults who made a conscious decision to serve, knowing full well of the potential consequences of their actions
    Men and women who volunteer for military service do so with the implicit understanding and belief that they won't be sent off to fight and die UNNECESSARILY. That those in charge of making the decision to send us to war will do so judiciously and not for profit, personal reasons, or make the decision based on lies. That covenant was broken and I didn't hear you complaining about it.
    I will stoop even lower, lady, in telling the truth.

    February 3, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  11. JerseyJeff

    Womens health in the United States owes a huge thanks to Plan Parenthood.

    The politicization of Plan Parenthood funding is immoral based on the medical care and screening they do and, like it or not, abortion is a choice allowed to American women to make. It is just as much of a choice to not have an abortion as it is to have one.
    We know already what happens when abortion is illegal... It is well known the women that suffered in back rooms and risked their lives with conditions that were less than medically acceptable and died in fear. Like it or not, the legal right to CHOOSE whether you want a safe and medically acceptable abortion or not based on whatever reason a person has, has and will continue to save lives.

    February 3, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  12. Anonymous

    This is how it's done people. The insane rightwing extremists who worship money and power uber alles will react and respond only to those things that affect their money and power. Imagine how much better America would be if we all united like this against one organization per month until it learned up its act. Imagine, boycotting the worst oil company, or the worst bank, or the worst retail chain? The predators and psychopaths hidden among the elite will be shaken to their core if we can pull this off regularly.

    February 3, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. hangar13

    It's easy to be "pro-choice" when you're not the one being killed.

    February 3, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. Ethyl Mertz

    What a shame that Komen caved in to the noisy left. We donate to Komen for RESEARCH on breast cancer, not so Komen can give our money away to the #1 group murdering unborn babies.

    If Planned Parenthood wants to raise money, let them solicit the liberals and leftists who support them. Why should Komen be forced to give them money?

    Komen is going to see it's contributions drop now.

    February 3, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. anagram_kid

    Fair is Fair,
    40,000 people starve to death every day. Half of these peole are children. Please enlighten us on why abortion is a bigger issue than this?

    February 3, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Fair is Fair


    Fair is Fair,
    40,000 people starve to death every day. Half of these peole are children. Please enlighten us on why abortion is a bigger issue than this?
    Never said it was, anagram. Never said it was.

    February 3, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  17. thomas mc

    The only thing pandering to the Religious Right will get you is syphilis.

    February 3, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  18. JerseyJeff

    I am utterly confused by the reaction of anti-choice people.

    Planned Parenthood offers medical care to women for free and only 3% of its funds go to abortions.

    Why would we cut off an organization that extends medical care to women in a position unable to afford or seek out care for a large variety of illinesses and conditions? Agree or not with the right to choose, why hurt funding to an organization that does so many other things besides providing an avenue to get an abortion?

    February 3, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    @ Dominican Mama –

    Jesus also said "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he eat for life". Seems like both you and Barack Hussien Obama are quite selective in your spirituality, huh?

    February 3, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    Truth, since you are following the President's reasoning, will you reverse your earlier statemtns regarding the poor, since, form an economic standpoint they are the most vulnerable? What will you do to help get them employed or offer them a job, beyond casting your vote than going back inside you house? Will you hire someone who has lost their home? Will you help them? What would Jesus do? Put up, or shut up, junior.

    February 3, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  21. The Real Tom Paine

    Fair, you are highly selective as well. Thats the beauty of scripture, which any devil, including you, can quote to his/her own purpose.

    February 3, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  22. anagram_kid

    The best solution to end the debate is to have more and cheaper access to contraception. I guarantee these same people will oppose that too. The reason is painfully obvious.

    February 3, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
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