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Komen Cuts Ties to Planned Parenthood, Embryonic Stem Cell Research

For years, several Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates have given Planned Parenthood over half a million dollars in grants every year. Last year that amount was roughly $680,000 and $580,000 the year before. Now, the Nation’s largest breast cancer awareness organization says it will officially end its financial support for the Nation’s largest abortion provider.

The cutoff, Komen spokesman Leslie Aun told the AP, is the result of Komen’s newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. Currently, Planned Parenthood is being investigated by a U.S. House Committe to determine whether the abortion giant properly reports criminal conduct or has improperly used public money to pay for abortion services.

Another likely factor in their decision is Komen’s new initiative to strengthen its grants program to be more “outcomes-driven” and allow for greater investments in programs that “directly serve women”.  While Planned Parenthood provides some “breast health” services, mammograms, which are a woman’s best chance for detecting breast cancer, aren’t among them. An investigation last year by LiveAction revealed that, contrary to the claims of Planned Parenthood Federation of America CEO Cecile Richards, Senator Barbara Boxer and other supporters, Planned Parenthood can only refer women to other locations for mammograms since not a single one of their facilities is equipped to offer them.

Naturally, Planned Parenthood is not happy with this decision and claims that the move is political and based on heavy pressure from pro-life groups.  Cecile Richards told the AP, “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. It’s really hurtful.” The Hill reports that Planned Parenthood has set up an “emergency fund” to offset the loss of the Komen funds (a deficit that could easily be recovered if Richards and her affiliate CEO’s would agree to even a 1% cut in their paychecks).

Whatever the reason for it, this is very welcome news to pro-lifers who have been condemning he deadly link between the two organizations for years now for several reasons, not the least of which being the fact that Planned Parenthood is in the business of killing innocent human beings.

Why in the world Komen would ever want or need to give money to Planned Parenthood of all places has always been a mystery to me.  Not only do they not provide mammograms, but mounting evidence suggests that some of the main “goods and services” they do provide — abortion and hormonal contraceptives — actually increases a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer. The link between hormonal contraceptives and an increased risk of breast cancer has been acknowledged by the Mayo Clinic and the World Health Organization and in 2010, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute, which previously denied the link, admitted that abortion significantly increases a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer.  Even Dr. Janet Daling, a leading cancer epidemiologist and pro-choice advocate has said, “I would have loved to have found no association between breast cancer and abortion, but our research is rock solid, and our data is accurate. It’s not a matter of believing, it’s a matter of what is.”

At any rate, besides being a good moral decision, this was just a smart financial move for Komen. Planned Parenthood does not fit into Komen’s agenda. Period. And there’s no reason for them to keep funding it. There are better ways to make sure that poor women have access to breast cancer screenings than giving money to an organization that alone is responsible for roughly three hundred thousand of America’s annual 1.2 million abortions.

But wait! There’s more good news from Komen: it appears that their support for embryonic stem cell research may also be a thing of the past. A new statement on their website, dated November 30, 2011, notes that Komen has never funded embryonic stem cell research and only supports research on stem cells that are derived without creating or destroying a human embryo. Pro-life sources close to the Komen situation have told LifeNews.com that the purpose for that statement was to tell grant seekers that Komen will categorically not fund any embryonic stem cell research.

I don’t know what’s up with the leadership at that organization, but I like what they’re doing! Tell them you like it, too! Email: (Enable Javascript to see the email address)

Now, if only they would stop denying the abortion link and provide women with information on the full range of unnecessary breast cancer risk factors.


Chelsea Zimmerman is the editor-in-chief for Catholic Lane and a managing editor at Ignitum Today. She often writes and speaks about life issues and Catholic spirituality. She has been featured on EWTN's Life on the Rock. Her website is Reflections of a Paralytic.

  • christymomof3

    Too good to be true? Friday Komen announced at a PP luncheon that the money would keep flowing after all. Pray for them all.

    • This should have always been viewed with very cautious optimism by pro-lifers. That’s why I never told anyone to run out and donate to Komen and I never called it a major “victory” for pro-lifers – as others have. Komen always intended on honoring existing grants to PP and they never said that PP would never be eligible for future grants. Their statement on Friday was nothing new, really. Nancy Brinker said as much on MSNBC on Thursday: http://on.msnbc.com/yFe3l1

      Nevertheless, I stand by what I said here. Komen deserves/deserved a thank you both for no longer supporting embryonic stem cell research and for tightening their grant criteria in such a way that, at least currently, excludes PP from getting them – and still does, btw. As far as I can tell, Komen’s statement on Friday does nothing to reverse their new policy to only fund organizations that provide mammograms – which PP does not.