Susan G. Komen, one of the world’s most respected organizations dedicated to fighting cancer, has dropped all ties with Planned Parenthood. In addition to the over hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding Planned Parenthood loses from this move, it’s a huge blow to Planned Parenthood’s credibility.
Planned Parenthood and its liberal pro-abortion allies are filling the air waves and trying to change the subject, claiming this is about Susan G. Komen making a political decision to defund Planned Parenthood.
This is not about Susan G. Komen. This is about Planned Parenthood.
Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun told The Associated Press that the cutoff results from the charity’s newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. Aun said this applies to Planned Parenthood because it’s the focus of an inquiry launched by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., seeking to determine whether public money was improperly spent on abortions. [AP]
In addition to being under investigation by Congress, Planned Parenthood is also under investigation in numerous states and localities.
Here is Komen’s statement:
At Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the women we serve are our highest priority in everything we do. Last year, we invested $93 million in community health programs, which included 700,000 mammograms. Additionally, we began an initiative to further strengthen our grants program to be even more outcomes-driven and to allow for even greater investments in programs that directly serve women. We also implemented more stringent eligibility and performance criteria to support these strategies. While it is regrettable when changes in priorities and policies affect any of our grantees, such as a longstanding partner like Planned Parenthood, we must continue to evolve to best meet the needs of the women we serve and most fully advance our mission. It is critical to underscore that the women we serve in communities remain our priority. We are working directly with Komen Affiliates to ensure there is no interruption or gaps in services for women who need breast health screening and services.
Please join me in thanking Susan G. Komen!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “Thank You for Defunding Planned Parenthood!” — this only takes a few seconds. Please do it now. And invite your friends to do the same. It’s important that we stand with organizations and individuals who have taken a stand against Planned Parenthood.
Special thanks to Austin Ruse at C-FAM for his work and leadership on this.