Komen Foundation cuts off Planned Parenthood — permanently?

posted at 11:05 am on February 1, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Give the ultimate credit for this decision to Lila Rose and Live Action.  While the Susan G. Komen Foundation made the decision to halt grants to Planned Parenthood because of Congressional investigations into its activities — especially in defying legal requirements to report child abuse — those investigations got started because of the investigative work done by Live Action and the intense follow-up from many more pro-life organizations:

After years of protests and criticism from pro-life advocates, the biggest breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has announced it is halting further grants and donations to the Planned Parenthood.

Figures from August directly from the Komen for the Cure foundation show 18 affiliates of the breast cancer charity gave a total of more than $569,000 to the Planned Parenthood abortion business in 2010. That was down from the $731,303 Komen officials publicly confirmed in October 2010, when they acknowledged that 20 of the 122 Komen affiliates gave to Planned Parenthood during the 2009 fiscal year.

Now, Komen says it is halting all grants because of public pressure from pro-life groups and due to the impending investigation in Congress of the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

The policy makes it so no further Planned Parenthood grants will be given unless the investigation results in Planned Parenthood’s favor.

According to Fox News, Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun said “the cutoff results from the charity’s newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. According to Komen, 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.”

And this is not temporary, either, at least not if one takes the Komen Foundation statement at face value:

Austin Ruse, the president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (CFAM) tells LifeNews that the AP report is wrong and that the Komen funding is not a temporarily decision based solely on the fact that Planned Parenthood is under investigation at the federal and state level.

He told LifeNews.com that the official Komen statement announcing the decision does not mention that it is conditioned based on the results of the Congressional investigation and that it not a temporary change based on a change in how grants are allocated — pointing to the sentence in the Komen statement saying, “We also implemented more stringent eligibility and performance criteria to support these strategies.

“What you take from the Komen statement is that it is about a change in funding criteria which does not rely on the success or failure of an investigation. You can infer from this that the decision is long-standing and not temporary,” Ruse says. “Pro-lifers should be happy today that Planned Parenthood gets yet another black-eye. Susan G. Komen Foundation should be congratulated for making this important decision.”

The key in the Komen decision is the grant criteria it uses to make grants. That has changed from “pass-through” grants, which allowed agencies like Planned Parenthood to receive grants that allowed it to make referrals for women to receive mammograms from other agencies to outcome based programs. (Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms at any of its centers across the United States, something Komen has acknowledged). This reportedly has the effect of ending Planned Parenthood funding even if the Congressional probe finds Planned Parenthood free of any wrongdoing.

That’s why this goes beyond the Congressional investigation over abortion funding.  Several states have opened investigations into Planned Parenthood activities after Live Action’s sting operations show clinic workers actively attempting to hide cases which the law required to be reported to the state, in order to protect children from sexual abuse.  Others show nurses instructing patients about how to lie to judges.  Planned Parenthood has become politically toxic, and the Komen Foundation hardly needs that kind of baggage from its grant recipients.

Needless to say, Planned Parenthood isn’t terribly happy about this, and predicts dire consequences:

Planned Parenthood, in an email to its supporters, is putting the blame squarely on pro-life groups.

“I wanted to share some extremely discouraging news from a partner and longtime ally for women’s health — news that could have devastating consequences for women,” Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards writes to top supporters of the abortion business in an email LifeNews received. “The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has announced that it will stop supporting lifesaving breast cancer screening for low-income and underserved women at Planned Parenthood health centers.”

“It’s a deeply disappointing decision — made even more alarming because 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,” she said. “But when anti-choice groups began criticizing the Komen Foundation for partnering with Planned Parenthood, the foundation ended its support for Planned Parenthood health centers. We know our opponents put their ideology over women’s health and lives. What we never expected is that an ally like the Komen Foundation would choose to listen to them.”

The email asks for an “emergency donation” to the abortion business to replace the donations Komen sent.

Funny — from our perspective, it looked like Planned Parenthood was putting both its ideology and its revenue ahead of both the health and lives of its underage customers, in states all across the nation.  From Congress, it looks like Planned Parenthood was putting public money into abortions.  The Komen Foundation had little choice but to recognize reality.

Kudos to the courageous Lila Rose, Live Action, and the pro-life organizers who put Congress’ feet to the fire on Planned Parenthood funding.


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Logus on February 1, 2012 at 12:08 PM

I was also part of autism walks-until I found out that Autism Speaks nasty fingers were all OVER them.
If II want to walk for charity-I’ll figure out to do something on my own-on MY terms.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I don’t get the whole notion of a charity donating to another charity. Not just Komen or PP. Any charities.

If I give money to cause X, I want my money used for Cause X. I don’t want it sent on to causes Y and Z. If I want to support Y and Z, I’ll donate to Y and Z, I don’t need X as the middle man.

angryed on February 1, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Exactly. Makes no sense to me why this is done or tolerated.

D-fusit on February 1, 2012 at 12:12 PM

What do you think about the idea of putting that question to a National Referendum?

listens2glenn on February 1, 2012 at 12:05 PM

I like the qustion but not the format of a national referendum. We’re a republic and this is a states’ rights issue. Put it on 50 statewide referenda.

Trafalgar on February 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Great news!
Now we must push the government completely out of the abortion business!

angrymike on February 1, 2012 at 12:14 PM

While it’s a nice gesture, I still have major issues with Komen. The last thing they want is a cure for breast cancer. There is a Canadian documentary called Pink Ribbon, Inc. that I hope makes its way to American theaters. It’s an inside look at the hypocrisy of the Komen foundation and the mockery it has made of women who are struggling with this disease. The pink ribbon campaign has become more absurd with each passing year.

jennifernaz on February 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

BTW, who’s the hot broad in the photo?

NoDonkey on February 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

“The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has announced that it will stop supporting lifesaving breast cancer screening for low-income and underserved women at Planned Parenthood health centers.”

Classic liberal spin. “Lifesaving screening” for a group of women in a low-risk category. Free screenings are available elsewhere. The AP story on this contained numerous libbie keywords: “Hurtful,” “saddened” and “bully.” God help me I loathe liberals.

8thAirForce on February 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

From their website. At least they’re somewhat transparent about it:

1. Is a portion of the registration fee a donation?

No. Your registration fee does not apply towards your fundraising minimum, nor is it tax-deductible.

2. If I can’t participate in the event, what happens to the donations that I have raised?

All donations submitted to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure are non-transferable and non-refundable. If you are unable to participate in the event, your donations cannot be refunded nor can they be transferred to another participant. Your donations will go directly to the cause as if you had participated, and we hope your donors will appreciate supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure regardless of your participation in the actual event.

Net proceeds from the 3-Day for the Cure are invested in breast cancer research and community programs.

3. What if I haven’t met my fundraising minimum in time to check in for the 3-Day for the Cure?

For 2011: If you have not met the minimum required amount by the time you check in for the 3-Day, you have two options. You can make an instant self-donation or a delayed self-donation. The instant self-donation is a regular donation (credit card or check attached to a donation form) that you make to your own fundraising account.

For a delayed self-donation, you give us a credit card number to secure coverage of the donation balance, but you have four weeks after the event to make up the difference. That means that you can continue to accept donations for four weeks after the event to reach your minimum. After that four-week window, if you still have not reached your fundraising minimum, any outstanding balance will be charged to your credit card. If you reach your fundraising minimum within that four-week window or do not participate in the 3-Day, your credit card is not charged.

With the delayed self-donation, please note that you have only four weeks after the event to meet your minimum fundraising goal and mailed donations can take up to four weeks to process. We cannot allow extra time for mailed donations to process. We recommend that you submit any donations received after the event online.

For 2012: All walkers must agree to raise a minimum of $2,300 by the first day of the 3-Day in order to walk. If you haven’t raised at least $2,300 by the time you check in online for a 2012 3-Day, you can still complete online check-in. You will need to have at least $2,300 in your fundraising account in order to receive your official 3-Day credential and participate in the event.

Fallon on February 1, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Some perspective please. The most recent numbers I can find show that Planned Parenthood receives about $350M in grants every year, which happens to be about one third of it’s billion dollars in annual income. Komen’s pulling of $680k works out to be less than one-fifth of one percent of their grant income.

Cry me a friggin’ river.

TheLoudTalker on February 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

“God help me I loathe liberals.”

Me, too! I just went to the grocery store and some age 60s/70s white guy was loudly talking about how “Obama is cool” and “Obama is doing a great job”. I saw him in the parking lot and walked right up to him and said (and I quote exactly): “Obama is a f …ing nightmare who is destroying this country and you are an idiot!” I’ve never done anything like that in my entire life and I have to say it felt good. I also enjoyed the look of shock on the moron’s face. :-)

Samantha on February 1, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Planned Parenthood also offers primary care for poor, young women (mammograms and referrals).

But that’s a small part of PP’s work and it’s largely irrelevant. There are plenty of places that do both.

NoDonkey on February 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Funny, that’s what they say, but Ed found out differently: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/03/30/video-former-pp-director-slams-abortion-profit-center-public-funding/ Be sure to check out the second video where PP was called and they all said no, they don’t offer that.

razorbackchick on February 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

The Portland libs are going nuts. They are denouncing Komen Foundation, and some are demanding that the Susan G Komen Cancer Marathon not be allowed to be held in Portland this year.

What a bunch of babies.
portlandon on February 1, 2012 at 11:16 AM

So I guess that means that they care more about killing babies than saving womens’ lives, huh?

It must really be hard being a liberal….

TeresainFortWorth on February 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Do not fret. Some federal judge will issue a fatwa that the Komen Foundation must keep supporting PP’s abortion business.

You heard it here first.

jukin3 on February 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM

According to Physicians for Life – as of 2010 Komen has given money to at least 5 research and educational facilities that experiment on human embryos:
http://www.physiciansforlife.org/content/view/1808/2/

This is a cultural and spiritual war, I am happy we seem to have won at least one battle.

quiz1 on February 1, 2012 at 12:47 PM

BTW, who’s the hot broad in the photo?

NoDonkey on February 1, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Looks like a blonde Ann Miller.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 1, 2012 at 12:50 PM

It seems very telling to me that the upset liberal groups are more concerned about keeping the abortion funding flowing freely than about reigning in a group that actively aassits in the cover up of child rapes.

krome on February 1, 2012 at 12:51 PM

While it’s a nice gesture, I still have major issues with Komen. The last thing they want is a cure for breast cancer.

jennifernaz on February 1, 2012 at 12:17 PM

In 2010 they spent 24% of their revenue on research. 7% was spent on treatment.

The rest was spent on admin, fundraising, screening and education.

darwin on February 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Some perspective please. The most recent numbers I can find show that Planned Parenthood receives about $350M in grants every year, which happens to be about one third of it’s billion dollars in annual income. Komen’s pulling of $680k works out to be less than one-fifth of one percent of their grant income.

Cry me a friggin’ river.

TheLoudTalker on February 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

If they’re really worried about the shortfall from this, er, immobilizing punch from SGK, perhaps they can start shaving here. The way I figure, eliminating a few CEOs would about take care of it:
http://www.jillstanek.com/2012/01/planned-parenthood-ceos-we-are-the-1/

hoosiermama on February 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Please be sure to send Komen a note of thanks to news@komen.org. They are being bombarded 20 to 1 against this decision.

sybilll on February 1, 2012 at 1:02 PM

More twisted perspective available on the Komen message boards:

One sad sack reports:

My yearly donation to the Komen foundation will now go directly to Planned Parenthood. Women have been beaten down and bullied for long enough. To have an organization with such an immense public profile buckle in the this way shows we have not come as far as we’ve allowed ourselves to believe.

So apparently Komen is now “attacking, bullying and beating” women.

Drama queens?

8thAirForce on February 1, 2012 at 1:13 PM

One reason for the change is because Komen has a new VP, pro-lifer Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of State (who was also an unsuccessful primary candidate for governor in GA):

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/01/31/new-komen-pro-life-vp-credited-for-planned-parenthood-cuts/

Ward Cleaver on February 1, 2012 at 1:20 PM

It really hard to justify providing funds for MASS MURDER.

TeaPartyNation on February 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Planned Parenthood also offers primary care for poor, young women (mammograms and referrals).

But that’s a small part of PP’s work and it’s largely irrelevant. There are plenty of places that do both.

NoDonkey on February 1, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Actually, PP doesn’t do mammograms. Call any PP location, and they’ll tell you they only do referrals. They don’t need $700k from Komen to do that.

Ward Cleaver on February 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Dear Planned Barrenhood:

Go pound sand.

KrebsCyclist on February 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM

Thank God.

FlatFoot on February 1, 2012 at 2:31 PM

I’m gonna go to bat for all the kids murdered and pump “180″ every chance I get

apocalypse on February 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

PP – death by 1000 cuts? One little nick.
999 more to go.

WhaleBellied on February 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

S.G. Komen and P.P. are both sham democrat organizations, specializing in promoting abortion – this is nothing new.

Pork-Chop on February 1, 2012 at 2:53 PM

PP – death by 1000 cuts? One little nick.
999 more to go.

WhaleBellied on February 1, 2012 at 2:45 PM

More than a nick…this organization is across America and is very, very high profile…the money is harmful enough, but ad the bad publicity and it is devastating to them.
Watch for a lot of kickback from radicals disrupting the different events across the country…women be damned, we want to kill babies, it is profitable.

right2bright on February 1, 2012 at 2:56 PM

In 2010 they spent 24% of their revenue on research. 7% was spent on treatment.

The rest was spent on admin, fundraising, screening and education.

darwin on February 1, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Thanks for this info. I’ve been wondering where the billions we have poured into breast cancer “research” have gone. With all the money spent on it, more progress toward curing/stabilizing/eradicating/whatevering breast cancer should have been made by now. It’s just as I suspected-less about the research than about other things. How much was spent on admin, for example?

totherightofthem on February 1, 2012 at 3:02 PM

Actually, PP doesn’t do mammograms. Call any PP location, and they’ll tell you they only do referrals. They don’t need $700k from Komen to do that.

Ward Cleaver on February 1, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Exactly right.

talkingpoints on February 1, 2012 at 3:25 PM

The Left is going NUTS over this.
There is a pie chart over at Move On showing that abortions only count for 3% of what PP does.
This would be funny if it weren’t so sick.

ORconservative on February 1, 2012 at 3:38 PM

This is why I previously never donated to this organization. I will do so in the future. I assume that their revenues will rise upon the news of this decision and the resulting publicity.

mouell on February 1, 2012 at 3:47 PM

If there is a cancer charity that might have a reason to fund PP, it would be a cervical cancer charity. Because PP actually does PAP smears. But they DON’T DO MAMMOGRAMS, and Komen is a BREAST CANCER charity! If the decision to fund PP was costing Komen support, they probably figured the support it was costing them was not worth paying for an organization to refer people to other organizations for mammograms. It’s better spend on orgs that actually perform the mammograms.

Sekhmet on February 1, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Super news. Wish it happened a year or more earlier.

Another reason why I tend to avoid hyped charities. So often you never know where the money is going. You can find a few sites that will give you information on their admin & fund raising fees. Always a good thing to do before you give.

sdbatboy on February 1, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Yes, yes… back alleys, wagon rides and coat hangers. We’ve heard it all before.

I’m just waiting for some Hollywood bimbo to bleat “What about the children?” Or perhaps a First Lady.

contrarian on February 1, 2012 at 4:02 PM

I wonder if the, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, group saved more people with cancer or killed more people with their donations to Planned Parenthood.

I’m guessing abortions are pretty cheap compared to cancer treatments, so it’s more likely that they killed more people than they saved.

RJL on February 1, 2012 at 4:06 PM

How much was spent on admin, for example?

totherightofthem on February 1, 2012 at 3:02 PM

12%, their total assets were $366,000,000.

Anyway, if you go here you can view their finacial statement … starts at pg 13.

http://ww5.komen.org/uploadedFiles/SGKFTC_FY10AnnualReport.pdf

darwin on February 1, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Do not fret. Some federal judge will issue a fatwa that the Komen Foundation must keep supporting PP’s abortion business.

You heard it here first.

jukin3 on February 1, 2012 at 12:44 PM

You know, I should have — and I started to — just laugh that off as nonsensical. But I couldn’t.

I didn’t know bond-holders could be shafted and companies carved up and handed to unions; I didn’t know states’ election laws were just a basic suggestion from the point of view of the federal courts; I didn’t know anyone in the federal government thought they had a right to tell me to buy insurance; I didn’t know any company could be told it couldn’t move a factory; I didn’t know the gulf could be shut down on a presidential whim; I didn’t know a standing occupation army could be created on US soil and posted at airports, trains, ports, and highways.

Before these most recent were more mild shocks having to do with (what I thought were) illegal police checkpoints and (what I thought were) unconstitutional home-owner’s association laws and (what I thought were) clearly illegal education policies.

Sick. I’m not even having to try to think up examples.

Whether I’m stupid, undereducated, or something else is irrelevant. The simple truth is — for whatever reason — I can’t laugh you off.

I can’t imagine it happening, but what else is new?

Axe on February 1, 2012 at 4:23 PM

For 2012: All walkers must agree to raise a minimum of $2,300 by the first day of the 3-Day in order to walk

I had no idea the threshold was so high.

Quisp on February 1, 2012 at 5:23 PM

I’m pleased that the Komen Foundation no longer supports Planned Parenthood in any way. I still can’t support the Komen Foundation, however, because of its legal action against small charities who use the phrase “for the cure” in their advertising. With all the many types of cancer and other illnesses, NO charity should have dibs on that phrase – and they certainly should not spend money that’s desperately needed for research to bully small charities.

themediansib on February 1, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Now PP is putting out a big campaign to get donations because the mean old Komen group pulled their contribution.
PP is going to profit.
And Komen did the right thing.

ORconservative on February 1, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Thanks for fueling one of my favorite fantasies. I’m not an old man like your victim, but having someone like you come up and spew something like that would be a dream come true… to be accurate, the direct consequences of your action is where the fantasy come in.

I just went to the grocery store and some age 60s/70s white guy was loudly talking about how “Obama is cool” and “Obama is doing a great job”. I saw him in the parking lot and walked right up to him and said (and I quote exactly): “Obama is a f …ing nightmare who is destroying this country and you are an idiot!” I’ve never done anything like that in my entire life and I have to say it felt good. I also enjoyed the look of shock on the moron’s face.

Drew Lowell on February 1, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Our local ABC news outlet had a story on this but said it was “unknown” why the Komen foundation stopped the funding. UNBELIEVABLE! Every story I have read about this mentions the WHY.
As said above: PP will profit – this is just a blip. Komen did the right thing.

AndAero on February 1, 2012 at 6:48 PM

It is incredible to me that Planned Parenthood regularly gets away with this crap. That they’ve gotten away with it for so many years, despite the fact that Live Action has proven over and over that PP is unserious about protecting kids from incestuous relationships and / or statutory rape. The media protects them, even very few conservative newsites are willing to report on it.

Huge kudos to HotAir for talking about it.

Book on February 1, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Happen to see NBC demonizing this decision with hog face Lisa Myers contorting and body-languaging her sneering presentation. The liberals are having a cow and Lisa Myers, as big as one, is no exception.

wepeople on February 1, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Lila Rose just posted the news that Komen is ending funding for embryonic stem cell research. I think the left is going to go to “ramming speed.”

hoosiermama on February 1, 2012 at 7:56 PM

That woman’s mouth is as big as her waist.

hawkdriver on February 1, 2012 at 8:40 PM

hoosiermama on February 1, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Thank you for that link.

Axe on February 1, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Good decision.

Feel free to log onto the Komen message boards and drive the dingbats even crazier.

bmmg39 on February 2, 2012 at 12:24 AM

“It’s a deeply disappointing decision — made even more alarming because 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,”

Yeah, that makes sense. Because if there’s one way to become more popular in today’s society, it’s the determination to undermine women’s access to care!

These PP people make up whatever they want then just spew it out. It doesn’t have to make sense or be logical. The scary thing is how many people just buy it with zero critical thought.

runawayyyy on February 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Interestingly, the Komen donation site at ww5.komen.org appears to be under attack.

I just donated a hundie. The rest of you should too.

Here’s what the opposition is doing:

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-komen-planned-parenthood-20120202,0,5429206.story

unclesmrgol on February 2, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Not sure why Komen dropped PP, hope is for the best reasons. The boobies, knockers, cans, guns, tatas, hooters and breasts Komen does so much to preserve are first and foremost the best neutrician for new borns, the same little people PP seeks to kill when ever possible. Good job Komen! so pleased you stopped the PP murders from co-opting your fine efforts.

StevC on February 2, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Ok let’s be the devil’s advocate here’s. Statistically speaking the majority of babies aborted are female. In a way, Planned Parenthood is reducing the instances of breast cancer by reducing the pool of potential victims of breast cancer, so you COULD make the case ….

BrideOfRove on February 2, 2012 at 4:58 PM

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