Komen Ends Planned Parenthood Grants
Special Report - February 2, 2012
In a decision heralded by pro-life advocates, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has announced that they are ceasing grants to the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. According to the Associated Press, Planned Parenthood said that the Komen Foundation provided approximately $680,000 in grants in 2011 and $580,000 the previous year. In a statement, the Komen Foundation defended their decision, explaining that the change came as a result of implementing “more stringent eligibility standards” for organizations receiving grants from the Foundation in order to “safeguard donor dollars.”.
“Some might argue that our standards are too exacting, but over the past three decades people have given us more than just their money. They have given us their trust and we take that responsibility very seriously,” the statement continues. “We regret that these new policies have impacted some longstanding grantees, such as Planned Parenthood, but want to be absolutely clear that our grant-making decisions are not about politics. Throughout our 30 year history, our priority has always been and will continue to be the women we serve.” The Foundation also released a YouTube video where Komen Foundation Founder and CEO, Nancy Brinker, responds personally to the funding controversy.
Activists on both sides of the abortion issue reacted quickly to the news from Komen. In a press release from Planned Parenthood, Richards responded by stating that the organization was “alarmed and saddened” by the decision and saying the Komen Foundation “appears to have succumbed to political pressure.”
Pro-life organizations praised the move. “As a breast cancer survivor, I applaud the decision made by the Komen Foundation to discontinue their partnership with the billion-dollar, abortion mega-provider, Planned Parenthood,” said AUL president Charmaine Yoest in a statement. “The work of the Komen Foundation has life-saving potential and should not be intertwined with an industry dealing in death. When I learned that the foundation was using donated funds to support abortion providers, I stopped running in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. In the future, I’ll be racing with them to support this courageous decision.”
The Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) also applauded Komen for its decision. “In a civilized society we should protect innocent lives: victims of breast cancer and abortion alike” said ADF senior counsel Steven Aden, in a press release. “ADF applauds Komen for seeing the contradiction between its life-saving work and its relationship with an abortionist that has ended millions of lives.”
As we previously reported, Planned Parenthood is under investigation by Congress. The Congressional investigation began in September 2011, soon after Americans United for Life (AUL) released a report that raised concerns about Planned Parenthood, which receives millions of federal taxpayer dollars each year. In a September 2011 letter to Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL) wrote that “the Committee [on Energy and Commerce] has questions about the politics in place and actions undertaken by PPFA and its affiliates relating to its use of federal funding and its compliance with federal restrictions on the funding of abortion.”
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