February 1st, 2012
07:34 PM ET

Opinions fly after Komen drops Planned Parenthood

Editor's note: This is part of an occasional "Reads You Need" series featuring some of the diverse voices from our site and across the Web on the stories causing ripples throughout the news sphere.

Over the last two days, columnists, advocacy groups and editorial boards have had plenty to say about Tuesday's announcement that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation would stop sending funds to Planned Parenthood for breast exams.

The move by the breast cancer research group came after Congress in September began investigating whether Planned Parenthood, a prominent family planning organization, illegally used federal funds to provide abortions. The Komen foundation has indicated that because it adopted a new policy preventing it from giving money to groups that the government is investigating, it can't continue funding breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood.

"Grant making decisions are not about politics - our priority is and always will be the women we serve. Making this issue political or leveraging it for fundraising purposes would be a disservice to women," the foundation said on its Facebook page.

Some Planned Parenthood supporters have alleged the move is less about investigation and more about abortion. Anti-abortion advocates around the country had questioned the Komen foundation about its grants for months, prompting the foundation to release a statement last year saying that "Komen funding is used exclusively to provide breast cancer programs."

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Planned Parenthood said funding from the Komen Foundation has largely paid for breast exams at local centers. In the last five years, grants from the group have directly supported 170,000 screenings, comprising about 4% of the total exams performed at Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide, according to the group.

At least one Komen affiliate might keep sending money, and Planned Parenthood says its fundraising has spiked since the national Komen foundation made its announcement.

Here are a few takes from around the country:

Komen attacks abortion rights

The Baltimore Sun's editorial board says Komen's decision puts "women's health at risk by denying breast cancer screening funds to Planned Parenthood on questionable grounds."

"Has Komen adopted an anti-abortion stance, too? Given the obvious political motivations behind the (congressional) investigation, it's hard not to see the decision as announcing that. According to Planned Parenthood, Komen is the first private organization to withdraw funding on the grounds of the congressional investigation. One can only assume that this outcome, if it stands, will motivate Congress to pursue all sorts of investigations against all sorts of controversial organizations.

That has to be greatly upsetting to many people who have participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure ... . Quite a few have probably written their share of checks to Planned Parenthood to not only support women's right to choose but basic family planning and cancer-screening services.


Breast cancer can strike anyone, including those who avail themselves of contraception. Shame on Komen for succumbing to pressure from anti-abortion groups and risking the health of the very women for whom they claim to advocate."

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Thank Komen for decision

On the blog of anti-abortion group Bound4Life.com, which was among the groups pressuring Komen last year, the group's Susan Michelle says those who opposed Komen's funding of Planned Parenthood should now thank it for its decision.

"Though Komen says these public criticisms are not a factor in their choice to stop funding Planned Parenthood, it’s hard to believe that the pressure didn’t impact the decision. ... We should be vocal in thanking Komen for this decision."

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Anti-abortion groups cheer Komen's move

USA Today's Cathy Lynn Grossman reports that other faith-based and anti-abortion groups are cheering Komen's decision.

"Planned Parenthood is a 'tarnished brand,' said Melinda Delahoyde, president of Care Net, a pregnancy support agency, who formerly headed educational outreach for Americans United for Life.


She cheered Komen's move to separate the relationship because, "Komen's mission is one that affects every woman... We fully endorse and applaud that mission." Delahoyde says the monies that once went to Planned Parenthood will move now to other groups and "women will continue to be helped."

At the core of religious groups' contention is that money is fungible.

Even if every cent donated by a church-sponsored walk or a Bible sale went to breast cancer screening, the argument went, that donation freed Planned Parenthood to spend more of the funds it raised - privately or from taxpayers - on abortion."

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How will split affect women's health?

Time's Alice Park explores some of the possible women's-health consequences that could follow. She writes that although Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms, it does provide manual exams that are "an inexpensive way to screen for cancer and to educate and introduce women to the importance of screening." Additionally, she writes, Planned Parenthood refers "women to screening centers, pays for screening for women who cannot afford them, and then follows up with continued care in helping women interpret the tests and take appropriate actions based on their results."

"The loss of funding from Komen may disproportionately hurt those who need cancer screening the most. Some Planned Parenthood affiliates use the money to fund outreach programs to minority groups or to those who normally don’t have access to health care. Those programs now risk being terminated, if Planned Parenthood is not able to find additional funding to continue them.

The split may trigger other moves to withdraw funding — from both groups. Many critics of Komen’s decision are long-time supporters of the group, who gave in small but important ways, by fundraising in the group’s annual race for breast cancer research, for example. “My first 5K ever was for Susan G. Komen. Never will I raise money for this org again,” said one commenter, Jenna Marino, on Twitter. Many others expressed their displeasure on the Komen website; others advised people to donate directly to Planned Parenthood instead."

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Decision politicizes breast cancer prevention

The Star-Ledger editorial board in New Jersey is no fan of Komen's decision.

"The Komen foundation put its stamp on breast cancer research with its pink ribbon campaign and other events, raising funds and consciousness about the disease. It created a community of women and men with a single goal: to find a cure. Breast cancer strikes everyone, no matter your race, ethnicity or political affiliation.

Now that sense of unity has evaporated. People are taking sides. Many who once supported Komen say they’ll take their donations elsewhere and plan to drop out of other Komen activities."

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  1. Meaghan

    I made my first donation to Planned Parenthood today.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm yeah

      I know groups of people that are cutting up their pink rubber bracelets and mailing them back in to the Susan Komen Foundation.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • reasonablebe

      This is the most destructive, politically based decision this 'charitable' organization could make– it has nothing to do with a concern for women, and flies in the face of their supposed concern that all women are screened for cancer.

      The person who made this decision should be ashamed of herself. Politics does not belong in medical decision making and care provision.

      I recommend all stop giving to Komen and give directly to the group you want funds to go to– take the time to send to planned parenthood and to the American Cancer Society itself. Better to get rid of the middle man and have all funds go where you want, rather than paying additional admin costs anyway.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Call a Wahhhmbulance

      For all of you who are planning to stop donation to Komen – those funds will be made up from people like myself who have boycotted Komen due to their PP association but will start donating to them now.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • NorCalMojo

      If you really want to change their minds, you better be ready to make one next month, too. Every study on charitable contributions show the people who oppose abortions are big givers.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. belladonna

    It's a farce that Komen is suspending funding over an "investigation" when so they're in bed with so many corporations who are/have been investigated. Let's see...American Airlines, Bank of America, KFC, Caterplllar, General Mills...and what's with their ties to Big Pharma? You know, the ones who benefit from all that research money that will dry up if they actually *find* a cure? And let's not forget that Komen dropped theur research into the causes of breat cancer after a number of their corporate sponsors howled because their products or enviromental practices are part of the problem? Or hey, let's go after smaller, weaker companies for trademark infringement, because their ownership of that trademark is so damned important (read: money).

    Yes, Planned Parenthood provides abortion – they've never lied about that. They also provide contraceptives (you know, to prevent unwanted pregnancy), health checks, cancer screenings, and in neighborhoods the lilly white donors of Komen wouldn't be caught dead. Komen is a private group. OK. But they lost my donation years ago, whne they caved to big corporations who have a substantial stake in NOT finding a cure – or the causes! (and btw, abortion does not cause breast cancer, that was disproven years ago).

    I stand with Planned Parenthood.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Yes the research money will dry up since breast cancer is the only disease left in this world to cure. Take off your tin hat and come back to reality.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Marge

      No Planned Parenthood do not PROVIDE abortion. They refer a woman to a doctor or clinic that performs abortion. They do not do it themselves. AND how many doctors offices, clinics, hospital etc refer women to places that perform abortion. Will the republicans try to shut them down. Hades fire we won't have hardly any left in this country. So we kill the many ot safisfy the extremist few.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Danielle

      @ Matt, it is the only disease they stand to profit off of for not finding a cure. We have made so many medical advancements in the 50's by leaps and bounds, and now we are sluggishly researching cures, because to treat cancer is more profitable than to cure it

      February 2, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • belladonna

      Matt – I am being realistic. The big corporations that benefit from all this research have no intention of curing *anything*. Dr Linus Pauling (2 Nobel Prizes for medicine) put forth an easy fix for many of today's medical problems, only to see himself ridiculed out of business – because his solution is not only found in nature, but will cost the medical industry *trillions* in lost treatments, procedures, research monies and personnel. They make more damned money "treating" theses diseases than finding a cure or preventing them in the first place. This includes not only breast cancer, but heart disease, diabetes, other cancers. You really think Big Pharma and Big Agra have your best interests at heart? They're some of Komen's biggest sponsors. Why did Komen stop contributing to research into the causes of breast cancer? Because too much evidence was coming to light that enviromental causes, including oil-based plastics, chemical contamination in the water supply, hormones in beef, etc, were contributing to the increase in cancer – the big companies' products that sponsor Komen pressured it into dropping that research, and Komen's not about to bite the biggest hands that feed it. BTW – all this information is available. Look it up.

      PP has its faults; no denying that. But ya know something? When I was a poor and literally starving college student, they were the ones who provided me with health care. I didn't "qualify" for public assistance (no kids, so no Medicaid), but PP gave me my check ups – and the number to the food bank.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • tlarose

      Marge – they also give pregnancy counseling that let women know about the options to abortion. Not every women that enters their offices unsure about their pregnancy is shuttled to an abortion clinic. Try actually visiting a Planned Parenthood! Pro-life people are just so dead set (no pun intended) against anything that has to do with anyone who offers women a CHOICE!

      February 2, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      @Danielle. Cancer is a generic term used to describe a mutation in a cell. Do you really think its that easy to "cure" the body from creating mutated cells, especially since many of the reasons it happens is environmental? Every mutation is different and the antibodies are different in everybody which makes making a generic cure very very difficult to create. It's not a simple fix that you can just give a vaccine for, which was what many of the cures were that were discovered in the 50s. You need to take off your tin foil hat if you really think pharmaceutical companies are hiding the cure in some lab because they don't want it to get out and make people better. There are doctors and scientists that work tirelessly every day trying to find cures for these diseases, many of whom have had family members affected or died by these same diseases. But you're right I'm sure they just let their friends or families die to profit off their loses and to keep the cure hidden.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      @belladonna. Actually you aren't being realistic. I looked up the doctor and his miracle cure you are talking about and big surprise you have to buy his book to get the cure, pot and kettle situation there. Plus reading about it further the cure is taking in more vitamin C at the level he recommends. There has been thousands of studies on vitamin C levels and all have been proven wrong or they come back inconclusive, here's where you go into big pharma did the studies and lied about the results to continue to make money off their drugs.

      Please provide the information where it proves that big companies pressured SGK into stopping the research of the causes of breast cancer since all I found where dollars on how much SGK spends on research into breast cancer each year, including the causes of breast cancer.

      February 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff from Columbus

    One more thing – health care is NOT a "right". Anyone who claims this is just inserting their political bias.

    A right is freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from illegal search and seizure, etc. Its not a "right" to have your health services paid for by the government.

    We live in a country where we have basic rights – unlike millions in other countries. Claiming health care is a "right" is incredibly pretentious and, frankly, insulting to people who don't enjoy the TRUE rights we take for granted in this country.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • doug

      Right on!

      February 2, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Danielle

      why should only the wealthy afford good health? My sister's mother-in-law is dying of cancer. She is in a lot of pain, and the doctors will only do this new treatment that costs $1,200/ treatment, she needs at least ten treatments. her insurance company wants her to die, because they will get more money if she is dead then paying out when she is alive.. how is that fair?

      February 2, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff from Columbus

      @Danielle: I'm not saying people shouldn't have basic health care. They should. But, its not a right. People should also have shelter, food, and clothing. But, those aren't "rights" either and they are far more important than health care.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Danielle

      @ Jeff, if they have their health, they have a more level playing field. Do you know of anyone who has lost their home to foreclosure because their daughter's chemo treatments were so expensive? they both have jobs, which is hard to do when you have a daughter in the hospital all the time, They are contributing citizens but their daughter's sickness wiped them out financially, should they have let their daughter died so they could keep their home?

      February 2, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Gracko

      A "right" then is to keep government out of your personal lives, then, including the rights of gays to marry and women to have a legal medical procedure. You can't have it both ways.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff from Columbus

      @Gracko: You're still not getting the point. There isn't a "right for gays to marry". That's not a right. There's no "right to have an abortion". Now, should the government ensure that gays are free from persecution for being gay? Absolutely. THAT is a right. Should the government ensure that women aren't attacked when they go to have an abortion? Absolutely. THAT is a right.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • musings

      You say health care is not a right. Then Susan G. Komen foundation takes all the money people have given to be used to help women with breast cancer and says an important clinic cannot have it ("Mine, all mine"), in a typically Red State Republican move. Health care may not be strictly a right, but a nation which treats the poor as unworthy of the best care it can afford, is a nation on the way to oblivion and third world status. No, I won't be eating off a garbage heap anytime soon. No generation of my family since we came on Mayflower ever did. But I resent it that I am expected to stand idly by while it happens to others. Even my Puritan forebears would agree that city on a hill cannot afford that kind of inequality.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Katie

    Is Komen part of the "pro-life feminist" camp? Because that's a crock. What an oxymoron. If their "priority is and always will be the women we serve," then they need to serve all the women whose only access to healthcare is through Planned Parenthood. Good job at screwing over your own cause.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      So if you donate $1000 to Planned Parenthood under the assumption that your money will be used for breast cancer screening, but then find out that part of your donation could be being used to euthanize mentally challenged children (random example not saying PP does it) would you continue to give that $1000?

      February 2, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Well, I would assume that my $$ is going towards ALL of the services Planned Parenthood provides, not just breast cancer screenings. If I found out they were doing something horrible, then yes I would stop funding, just as many of us are stopping of Komen. I personally think euthanizing mentally challenged children is morally reprehensible, but that abortion is not, there's a big difference. However, even Komen is claiming the issue isn't about abortion or politics, but about PP's investigation. Thus, the morality surrounding abortion is a moot point in their argument.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • musings

      If you find Mrs. Brinker on Wikipedia as I did, you will discover to some surprise that she has been a major Republican operator for years and that she served in the George W. Bush administration as his chief of protocol and as Ambassador to Hungary. She has decided to run Susan G. Komen as a PAC and it is already rolled out for the election year as such. Give only if you want the main issue of the campaign to be abortion, that is "waving the bloody shirt." So much better than examining the growing inequality in this country, based on banking.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Matt

    Planned Parenthood is under investigation for using taxpayer money to perform abortions, which is illegal. This isn't about pro-choice or pro-life, its about a company that gets millions of dollars from taxpayers using the money illegally. If SBK doesn't want to be associated with a company that is under investigation for breaking the law and could be using their donations for something other than what they want it to be used for then that is their right.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Yes, but then they should be consistent. Plenty of organizations they fund have been under investigation before, but they didn't pull any money. Why now? Why PP? Hmmmm

      February 2, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      Being investigated and being found guilty of are two VERY different things.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Marge

      HOW MANY TIMES DO PEOPLE IN THIS COUNTRY HAVE TO BE TOLD THAT PLANNED PARENTHOOD DOES NOT, DOES NOT, DOES NOT, DOES NOT PERFORM ABORTIONS. They might refer woman to a doctor or clinic that does, but they are not the only place that gives these referals. If people would only get their facts straight and not listen to what Fox and Rush say and take those spewing liars for granted this would be a better country.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Umm, Marge, I'm totally with you, 100% support Planned Parenthood and a woman's right to choose, but you might want to check out PP's website. They say themselves that they provide in-clinic abortions at some of their facilities. Not all of them do, but some definitely do.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Danielle

      @ Matt.. you aren't the least bit curious of why we have no new treatment since chemo and a couple pills. We invented the internal combustion engine, the airplane, crazy advances in technology, we are not making any advancements in the same aspect in technology as we have in medicine. Why? Heart disease is not a mutation of cells, nor is juvenile diabetes... btu they can't seem to cure those either. Why? because if you give people pills and treatment to manage symptoms you stand to gain more than if you cure it. Open your eyes and don't believe everything you hear, put the puzzle pieces together and take a look at the big picture

      February 2, 2012 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • cooper49

      Obviously you have never been to a PP facility. They do not perform abortions. The will refer a woman to a Dr. that can provide that service. They do provide conciling, birth control. breast screening and other womens services. The right can't stand the idea of women being impowered to make decisions about there own bodies. I used to support Koman but will no longer do so. There will never be a cure for cancer reveald (there already is one) because cancer research is big business that has made millionares of researchers and drug company execs. Why would they want a cure?

      February 2, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      @Danielle if it's so easy then why haven't you provided a cure? Apparently the human body is as simple as a combustion engine or an airplane. What was the last great leap in technology for cars, the electronic fuel injection, what was the last great leap in technology for airplanes, the jet engine, both of those have been around since the 50s or earlier with no great technological advancement in either of those fields in over half a century. There hasn't been any new original technologies in decades, all the technological advancements are just making a product better. Medicine doesn't work that way.

      Show me one thread of proof from a reputable source that pharmaceutical companies are purposely keeping people sick to make money. Its people like you who just constantly cast stones at others while you do nothing and complain that its so easy to fix these diseases, while you sit at home and complain on the computer. If its as easy as you say then go to medical school and discover this disease so we can all be cured.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      Cooper, I absolutely agree that they're scared of empowering women. I'm with you 100% on that. And yes I have been to a PP clinic, 3 actually, and none of them provided abortion services. However, if you look on their website, there are SOME PP clinics that DO provide in-clinic abortion services. For example, the one in downtown Manhattan, because it's a much larger facility.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. john

    Does komen screen their race participants to exclude lesbians ???? Now would be a good time to start , right?


    February 2, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. SafeJourney

    I will donate to Planned Parenthood to help make up for the funds Koman decided to deny Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening for poor women. I have donated to Koman in the past and I have walked for their organization. My support for Koman STOPS today. This decision by Koman is political nature. Read the follow up stories on the Head of Koman.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Marge

      And did you know that only about ten percent of the money donated to the Komen so called search for the cure goes to research for the cure. Most of it goes to administration cost. The salaries of people like this vice president who was urged to drop Planned Parenthood by Vitter the Diaper senator from LA. And who ran for governor of Georgia pledging to brake Planned Parenthood. And then Komen Cure appoints her Vice President. And the rest goes for donations to right wing companies like McCain for president for one. They have been pulling the wool over the eyes of the public for years. And taking money under false pretenses.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. David

    I've walked my last Walk for the Cure.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Jeff from Columbus

      Really? You're going to punish women who have breast cancer to further your political agenda? That's a pretty sad commentary on your value system.

      February 2, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • DBSaint

      Jeff from Columbus: No, women can still get screenings and wellness checkups...they'll just have to work harder to do so...that's if they have coverage which many working americans don't. So who is really punishing women here? Komen is. Like many on this board my wife and I are done donating to them and I'll send my money to PP.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Danielle

      @ jeff, only 10¢ of every dollar donated goes to research, i plan on putting my money in swiss countries and countries not tied to Pharmaceutical companies that have nothing to gain from "curing cancer" than curing cancer. Chemo is toxic for our bodies and there really is hardly any ways to cure ANY cancers, why, because to treat makes more money than to cure, Komen has invested in Pharmeceutical companies, they stand to lose a lot if they do find a cure

      February 2, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Gracko

      Komen is "NOT* the only corporation of its kind providing cancer education, awareness and support. There are others. Ceasing support of Komen does NOT mean abandoning women with cancer. Other organization make better use of the funds since they are not so bloated as Komen is.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • BR

      DB Saint: WELL said. It's Komen that just HAD to bring politics into women's health.How ironic for this to fly over the heads of a women's group, no less. Funny how these right wingers benefit from allowing them to choose to NOT terminate a pregnancy. In China, they'd be forced to terminate if it was a girl. Choice works both ways, and to "make up" that PP steers women to any decision is absurd.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. Lisa

    I wonder how many of you would have no problem donating to Mayo Clinic or using their services, even though they also perform abortions.

    February 2, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
    • lunchbreaker

      I prefer Miracle Whip.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • tlarose

      Since Roe V Wade made abortions legal in 1973, I'd still support the Mayo Clinic.

      February 2, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Ann

    If Planned Parenthood is so contraversial, why do we need to support that organization when there are many other women's clinics that do not provide abortions. Planned Parenthood has grown due to funding from our government and other organizations, while smaller clinics that provide the same services (minus abortions) don't nearly get the same recognition nor support. If our government and other organizations started funding other women's clinics that aren't as contraversial, then they'd have the opportunity to expand world-wide and allow the same conveniences to women's health services (minus abortions) as Planned Parenthood.

    February 2, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Danielle

      @ Ann, go to several different PP's and ask if they offer abortion services, hardly any of them do.. They can't because they are such a well-known name and are a target to right-wing nutjobs that try to bomb their clinics, instead many of them refer patients seeking abortions to other clinics

      February 2, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  11. John

    Planned Parenthood provided my wife with birth-control pills when we were without insurance and too poor to afford them. Now we are upper middle class, and my wife is pregnant with a baby we planned, not were surprised with. Shame on Komen for this, I will never support them again.

    February 2, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Thomas

    Komen hired Karen Handel as Sr. Vice President for Public Policy last year after she failed in her run as GOP candidate for Governor of Georgia. She is on record as pro-life and has publicly stated that she "does not support the mission of PP". So you don't think this decision was right wing based politics? Please! I've supported my last Run for the Cure event and personal donations to Komen. Now it will go directly to PP for breast cancer screenings.

    February 2, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  13. reasonablebe

    This is the most destructive, politically based decision this 'charitable' organization could make– it has nothing to do with a concern for women, and flies in the face of their supposed concern that all women are screened for cancer.

    The person who made this decision should be ashamed of herself. Politics does not belong in medical decision making and care provision.

    I recommend all stop giving to Komen and give directly to the group you want funds to go to– take the time to send to planned parenthood and to the American Cancer Society itself. Better to get rid of the middle man and have all funds go where you want, rather than paying additional admin costs anyway.

    February 2, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jj

    Oh I'm going to go hunt for Bambi this weekend. How many idiots on Here want to tell me that it's soooo wrong while advocating killing babies F#%king idiots!

    February 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Jj, after you are done hunting, please go and adopt a baby.
      It’s the right thing to do.

      February 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ryan

    Just go somewhere else for a breast exam ladies.....last I checked, this was America, and they have the right to financially support whomever they choose....

    February 2, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • tlarose

      Can you name another facility that would offer these services for free, or to women without health insurance?

      February 2, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      google "free healthcare clinics"......

      February 2, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • tlarose

      I did...and in the top ten listed for my location, PP was at the top of the list. Then, of the next nine, only three offered OB/Gyn health care for women, assuming that breast cancer screening was part of that care. All three of the "free" clinics said on their websites they took most major insurances, or Medicade....what if I don't have insurance and I don't qualify for Medicaid...

      February 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
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