Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Issues

Hi everyone, this is simply an update about what has occurred concerning the Komen Foundation recently. Komen is the largest breast cancer charity in America. It has been donating to Planned Parenthood because Planned Parenthood caries out breast exams and claims to do mammograms. Mostly, Planned Parenthood refers mammograms rather than doing them. Komen made an announcement recently that it would not renew grants to all Planned Parenthood facilities except for three in low income areas. These three would be have their funding cut as well once Komen could find replacements to carry out breast scans and treatments in these areas. A main cause of this was that a Congressional investigation was occurring on Planned Parenthood's possible misuse of funds. Komen was planning to eliminate the middle man of Plant Parenthood. Last year Komen gave Planned Parenthood $629,159. This is about 1/20th of 1% of Planned Parenthood's funding. When the announcement was made, Planned Parenthood had an outrage. Much of the liberal media tried to pressure Komen into reversing its decision. Also, Planned Parenthood tried to encourage many businesses and donors that sponsor Komen into cutting their funding for Komen. I believe the reasoning is not that Planned Parenthood needed this money, but because it makes Planned Parenthood look good when they are involved in trying to help breast cancer patients and because Planned Parenthood was worried that if Komen left, who would jump ship next? Because of this huge pressure, Komen apologized for its decision. However, the last I heard, Komen has not said it would renew future grants to Planned Parenthood, but that it would continue with its current grants. I believe Komen was planning on continuing with its current grants anyway. Since then, the vice president of Komen, Karen Handel, resigned with Komen. She is strongly pro-life, and ran for governor of Georgia on a pro-life position.

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