Yesterday afternoon it was announced that the nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, made the decision to cut all funding to Planned Parenthood. Within just hours, both Susan G and Planned Parenthood were trending on Twitter, and a war unlike any we’ve seen in a while erupted across the Internet. The massive cut in funding will mean a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants that help Planned Parenthood pay for breast exams. According to NPR, Koman states they’ve cut funding because Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress, an investigation started by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups. Planned Parenthood thinks the funding cuts were purely due to Komen failing to stand up to the pressure placed on them by anti-abortion activists.
Early afternoon, soon after the news hit, Planned Parenthood sent out an email to their supporters that called the decision, “Deeply disappointing and alarming.” The email goes on to read, in part:
“Over the past five years, Komen funds have enabled Planned Parenthood health centers to provide nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and referrals for more than 6,400 mammograms. These cancer detection and prevention programs saved the lives of women who often had nowhere else to turn for care… Politically motivated groups and individuals determined to undermine women’s access to care appear to have successfully intimidated the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to withdraw this critical support.”
Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood president told The New York Times that “The decision came abruptly in the face of a long, good, working relationship with Komen,” so I guess everyone was surprised, Planned Parenthood included. It’s hard to know why Komen really pulled funding, or if they even have an actual viable reason. Komen, thus far, has no official statement posted at their website. A bad press move in my opinion, because right now they’re seriously under attack. Of course, what could Komen say in their defense. We are talking about a breast cancer advocacy group who partnered with KFC and other seriously unhealthy companies, so I guess I’m not as shocked as I could be.
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