February 02, 2012

Komen screws up again

Yesterday's news about the Susan G Komen For the Cure foundation's withdrawal of support from Planned Parenthood really angered me. Komen says it's all about raising awareness, providing breast health services to underserved women, advocacy and research.

So tell me, how does removing support for Planned Parenthood help give low-income and needy women access to breast health services from a familiar provider?

Although I find it hard to believe that there are Americans who are unaware of the risk of breast cancer, removing funding to Planned Parenthood could mean that some women who might not be aware won't learn about their risk. How does that further Komen's mission?

To me, it's clear that Komen was led to make a political decision about its grant making. This decision can only hurt women, not help women.

Donors all over the country are saying they will no longer participate in Komen fundraising activities. They will withdraw their financial support.

I say, "You go girls!" Kudos for withdrawing your support from Komen, the charity that stopped funding its own mission.


  1. Powerful posting. I live in South Africa but from a distance have tended to look up to Komen. No more.

  2. Anonymous2:17 PM

    My wife has donated up to $15,000.00 a year from her fortune, this will no longer happen. She has donated for the last 7 years. (Both our mothers died from Breast Cancer)

  3. Betty Johanna4:52 PM

    Gives new meaning to "think before you pink."

  4. Amen. I am making a contribution to Planned Parenthood. No more Komen ever. Very little of their money goes to women and research anyway. I have informed my friend that does the 3day every year that I will contribute to her airfare, hotel but wont give money to Komen as I have in the past. I did the 3day once a few years ago. I thought it was poorly planned. It was over 90 degrees and they had very little water. Ugh

  5. Betty Johanna9:49 AM

    I'm still going to donate to Planned Parenthood.

    From Associated Press, February 3, morning.

    NEW YORK — After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity says it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood.

    "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," a Komen statement said.

    As first reported by The Associated Press on Tuesday, Komen had adopted criteria excluding Planned Parenthood from grants because it was under government investigation, notably a probe launched in Congress at the urging of anti-abortion groups.

    Komen said Friday it would change the criteria so it wouldn't apply to such investigations.

    "We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants," the statement said.