New and Breaking News
in February 2012!
Late in the week of Febuaray 1,
2012... Komen Breast Cancer Foundation announced they were stopping the
funding of Planned Parenthood.
By February 3rd they'd bowed to the
pressure of the abortion giant Planned Parenthood and Komen apologized
to the public and stated they in fact would restore funding to Planned
Breast Cancer research is critical,
but donating to the largest abortion provider in the United States is
not helping to prevent breast cancer. In fact, with all the
evidence and links between breast cancer and abortion, it's actually
taking money people donate to help and it help to create more and more
Komen apologizes for ‘recent
decisions,’ pledges to
continue funding Planned Parenthood.
By Tom Benning / Reporter 10:01 AM on Fri., Feb. 3, 2012
UPDATE, 12:32 p.m.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, said during a Friday
conference call that her understanding of Komen's announcement is that
it's a complete reversal of the decision to bar funding to her group.
clear that Planned Parenthood and our health centers and our doctors are
eligible now to work with Komen foundation again," Richards said, before
adding that she hasn't actually talked to Komen leaders about the
decision. "I certainly take them at their word."
said she was "grateful" for Komen's decision and that the experience
from the last few days could strengthen the relationship between the two
groups, particularly at the community affiliate level.
Komen has said repeatedly the funding decision wasn't politically
motivated, Richards said she believed "the Komen foundation has been the
target of political bullying."
sends an important message about those kinds of tactics," Richards said.
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UPDATE, 10:44 a.m.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards just released a statement
praising Komen for "clarifying" its grant process, saying "we look
forward to continuing our partnership with Komen partners, leaders and
volunteers." Click here for more.
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the Cure just released the following statement from Nancy Brinker and
the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors:
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 events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters,
partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been
distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding
criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize
Planned Parenthood. They were not.
Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by
not funding grant applications made by organizations under
investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that
disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature
and not political. That is what is right and fair.
Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families
in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure
that politics has no place in our grant process. 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.
It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause,
slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be
administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge
everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country
over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want
our mission marred or affected by politics - anyone's politics.
Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key
supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing
our work. We ask for the public's understanding and patience as we
gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to
move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.
We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have
received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that
these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their
Breast Cancer Research Giant Funds Planned Parenthood
By Bradley Mattes
Do you think it odd that the
largest private funding source for breast cancer research is giving
sizeable grants to entities whose activities actually cause breast cancer?
You aren't the only one, but that's exactly what is happening.
First, some background information on this monolithic fundraising
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1982 by Nancy
Goodman Brinker after losing her sister, Susan Komen,
to breast cancer. According to their latest annual report, the Foundation
and its affiliates have raised, in sum, over $300 million and have made
more than 600 grants totaling over $70 million.
The key to Komen's financial success has been its annual
Race For the Cure,
a 5K run/fitness walk, which began as a
single event in Dallas in 1983 and has grown to over 100 races with over
one million participants. The 2000 event raised $83 million, which
represented sixty-three percent of Komen's total gross revenue.
Komen has a network of over 70,000 volunteers and 100 staff members. They
have affiliate groups in more than 110 cities in the United States and
have a presence in Italy, Germany and Greece. Local affiliates keep up to
seventy-five percent of the funds they raise. A minimum of twenty-five
percent is given to the national headquarters.
Most people are familiar with the
Race For the Cure
and have a positive impression of the organization. Many prolifers have
themselves participated in one or more of the races. The Komen
Foundation's mission is indeed noble. They want to "eradicate breast
cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education
screening and treatment." However, there is a darker side to the Komen
Foundation that many are just now becoming aware of.
affiliates of the Komen Foundation have given grants to Planned
Parenthood, the largest single promoter and provider of abortion in
America. In Denver, for example, not only did they give nearly $200,000
Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, they awarded over $18,000 to the
Boulder Valley Women's Health Center, a notorious, late-term abortion
Komen grants to the abortion industry are usually categorized as funding
for education or screening. They make a good faith effort to see that the
funds are used for the designated purpose. However, this is no guarantee
against commingling of funds with abortion services.
The irony of affiliates of the largest, private funding source for breast
cancer research giving grants to Planned Parenthood should escape no one.
Twentyeight out of thirty-seven worldwide studies have independently
linked abortion with breast cancer. Seven studies report a more than
Joel Brind, Ph.D., is a professor of biology and endocrinology at Baruch
College of the City University of New York and the leading expert in the
abortion/breast cancer connection. When we apply his calculations to
Planned Parenthood, we come up with the following grim estimation. Since
1977, Planned Parenthood has performed over three million abortions. Sound
medical research indicates that they may be responsible for 22,500
additional deaths of women due to breast cancer as a result of their
Why is Komen funding one of the root causes of breast cancer? The
answer may lie with its founder.
Brinker has strong ties to the Planned Parenthood of Dallas and Northeast
Texas affiliate. She currently sits on their Advisory Council and
was the 1996 recipient of the Gertrude Shelburne Humanitarian Award. This
award was named for the woman who was primarily responsible for
founding this local Planned Parenthood organization.
It is a sad case of political philosophy taking precedence over the
fundamental mission of the Komen Foundation – with tragic results for the
women they strive to protect.
do research to find out if your local Komen affiliate is indeed funding
Planned Parenthood or another entity of the abortion industry. If a
women's health clinic is listed, check to see if they perform or refer for
your local affiliate has a connection to the abortion industry, meet with
those in charge. Calmly and rationally share the medical research that
demonstrates a link between abortion and breast cancer. Here is an
Internet link that will provide you with documentation:
www.abortionbreastcancer.com. Also explain the extent to which Planned
Parenthood is involved with abortion. The following link will connect you
to PP's latest statistics on abortion:
Ask for a firm commitment, preferably in writing, that Planned Parenthood
or any entity of the abortion industry will no longer be a beneficiary of
their funds. If they agree, thank them and urge people to continue to
support the pos- itive things the Komen Foundation does. If they refuse to
separate themselves from the abortion industry, there are steps you can
In the same calm and rational fashion, meet with the local sponsors of
Run For the Cure
race and ask them to withdraw their support. Also begin notifying the
pro-lifers in your community by writing an article in your local pro-life
publication, listing those sponsors who have refused to withdraw their
support. Distribute the information to pro-life churches and
organizations. Write letters to the editor and consider taking out a
newspaper ad in the weeks prior to the event. If you have a sympathetic
local newspaper, ask them to write an article. The controversy and media
attention this generates will help educate the public to the link between
abortion and breast cancer, while exposing Planned Parenthood's aggressive
role in the abortion industry, at the expense of women's health.
October 2002 Issue of Life Issues Connector, Life Issues Institute, Inc.