Top Susan G. Komen official resigns over decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding

posted at 5:25 pm on February 2, 2012 by Tina Korbe

The drama continues to deepen.

When the board of directors of the Susan G. Komen Foundation decided to halt funding to notorious abortion provider Planned Parenthood, abortion activists launched an informal investigation. Something sinister was happening here; some pro-life plague had to have infiltrated Komen. They pinned their attention on Komen’s relatively new VP, Karen Handel, an admittedly pro-life former Republican candidate for the governor of Georgia. They pointed out that the announcement of Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns’ investigation into Planned Parenthood preceded Komen’s revision of its grant eligibility criteria, which now excludes any organization under investigation by local, state or national government. From that, they concluded that Komen tweaked its criteria precisely to exclude Planned Parenthood. Komen made the rule to exclude under-investigation organizations just because Planned Parenthood was under investigation.

Now, critics of Komen’s decision bring up almost gleefully the resignation of Komen’s top public health official, Mollie Williams. While Williams herself has not said whether her resignation was a reaction to Komen’s decision, National Journal reports that her former senior communications adviser says she left because she just couldn’t stay at an organization that would bow to pressure from the anti-abortion right. Further confirmation that Komen’s decision was politically motivated!

OK, I say. Let’s say it was. Let’s say Komen decided to drop funding to PP because they didn’t want a penny of the money they work so creatively to raise to go to an organization that also provides abortions. Komen officials knew Komen grant money was earmarked by Planned Parenthood expressly for cancer screenings, but they also knew that any dollar Planned Parenthood didn’t have to come up with itself for a cancer screening was a dollar the organization could put toward an abortion instead. Komen officials didn’t want to make abortion any easier or more available than it already is.

So what? Does that lessen the nobility of Komen’s mission to fight breast cancer? Komen did have something to gain by bowing to pro-life pressure — credibility as an organization exclusively dedicated to the eradication of breast cancer and as an organization uniquely poised to receive donations from pro-choice and pro-life donors who, alike, want to eliminate a silent killer of women.

Do the very same folks who say that cancer doesn’t care whether you’re pro-choice or pro-life care whether a cancer-fighting organization is pro-choice or pro-life? Apparently, they do. Even liberal senators want in on the act of criticizing Komen: The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent reports that two dozen senators have written a letter to Komen’s directors to ask them to reconsider the Planned Parenthood decision. If all these critics were pleading with Komen just to ensure that the women who in the past have turned to Planned Parenthood for Komen-funded cancer screenings will still have access to those services some other way, then I would understand. But they’re not; they’re explicitly pleading with Komen to fund Planned Parenthood, as though PP is the only organization that can use Komen’s money to provide low-income women with life-saving services.

This decision has caused a stir for one reason and one reason only: It has revealed that it is possible to advocate for “women’s health” without advocating for “abortion rights.” Do abortion rights activists now want to admit by their disowning of Komen that they don’t actually care about other aspects of women’s health? Or might they admit that an organization focused solely on the prevention and treatment of breast cancer need not donate to an organization that is far less focused in its mission — and even promotes procedures that some consider harmful to women — to prove its “women’s health” credentials?


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Top Susan G. Komen official resigns aborts over decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding.

FIFY

Joe Mama on February 2, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Wasn’t the money going to PP for mammograms, and somebody figured out that almost no PP clinics actually offer mammograms? Isn’t it a simple matter of PP taking contributions for services never delivered?

theCork on February 2, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Every single one of those Senators is bought and purchased with money made by killing children.

Every single one.

If the RNC is smart, it will start running ads that point out that these Senators don’t care about businesses, they don’t care about churches, and they don’t care about people, but they sure as hell care about murdering babies and the campaign contributions they get from the revenues.

northdallasthirty on February 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

The way Romney, the alternative conservative media and Romney’s supporters are working this primary, it looks like the most progressive leftists in the party have just as effective a veto over Conservatives in this party as they just used against the Komen official. Welcome to the Obamaficaction of the Republican party, courtesy of Willard Mitt Romney.

A somewhat conservative party, if you can keep it.

astonerii on February 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

What celebrities will also resign their participation in future events? The world wants to know.

Midwestprincesse on February 2, 2012 at 5:31 PM

The left wants their blood money. They don’t care how they get it.

darwin on February 2, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Don’t let the door hit you where the Good Lord split you.

davidk on February 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Do abortion rights activists now want to admit by their disowning of Komen that they don’t actually care about other aspects of women’s health?

Well Margret Sanger never cared about women’s health.

darwin on February 2, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Great post, Tina.

Saving this one for the inevitable upcoming battles with my liberal friends.

I posted the Susan G. Komen logo on my facebook page this morning to show my continued support.

The Ugly American on February 2, 2012 at 5:33 PM

Did planned parenthood even do mammograms?
I can’t believe they just now got around to defunding them.

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

A perfect example of why charities and charitable organizations should stay away from political issues.

Yeah, its hard. But if an org/group/etc is going to be about preventing curing cancer (or whatever) they have no business giving money donated for their stated purpose over for something else.

catmman on February 2, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Wasn’t the money going to PP for mammograms, and somebody figured out that almost no PP clinics actually offer mammograms? Isn’t it a simple matter of PP taking contributions for services never delivered?

No. Planned Parenthood annually provides 830,000 breast exams, nearly 1 million screenings for cervical cancer, affordable birth control to nearly 2.5 million and 4 million tests/treatments for STDs.

Mmm...Burritos on February 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

The way Romney, the alternative conservative media and Romney’s supporters are working this primary, it looks like the most progressive leftists in the party have just as effective a veto over Conservatives in this party as they just used against the Komen official. Welcome to the Obamaficaction of the Republican party, courtesy of Willard Mitt Romney.

A somewhat conservative party, if you can keep it.

astonerii on February 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

F*ck off.

Tired of this sh*t…

The Ugly American on February 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

How many lives have been saved by cancer screenings performed at Planned Parenthood. Where are women going to turn to get free screenings now? Komen has put politics above women’s health and its pretty despicable. The two issues aren’t related, its the pro life crazies who have forced them together.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

“In 2010, a panel sponsored by the Girl Scouts USA at the United Nations Commission featured a Planned Parenthood pamphlet called “Healthy, Happy and Hot.”

Girl Scout cookies pay for abortions.

crash72 on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Now who’s gonna fund our baby killing programs?

Damn conservatives….next thing you know, they’ll want us to pay our fair share of taxes, too. They have to be stopped.

Help us, Obi-Wan Obama

BobMbx on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

How can anyone with half a brain think that having an abortion promotes a woman’s health??? Or is in any way a health issue at all? Abortion is murder, after all, so how does that bring into focus any kind of health concern of a woman’s? Don’t want to raise a child? There’s always adoption. At least, that is not murder.

chai on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

No. Planned Parenthood annually provides 830,000 breast exams, nearly 1 million screenings for cervical cancer, affordable birth control to nearly 2.5 million and 4 million tests/treatments for STDs.

Mmm…Burritos on February 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

That women could get anywhere else. PP isn’t the only organization that does these exams, although that’s what they want you to think.

darwin on February 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM

“In 2010, a panel sponsored by the Girl Scouts USA at the United Nations Commission featured a Planned Parenthood pamphlet called “Healthy, Happy and Hot.”

Girl Scout cookies pay for abortions.

crash72 on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

That’s why my parish (Catholic) no longer supports having an affiliated Girl Scout troop.

chai on February 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

National Journal reports that her former senior communications adviser says she left because she just couldn’t stay at an organization that would bow to pressure from the anti-abortion right.

Bye.

Leave the stapler.

Axe on February 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Occupy camps: Largely non-violent

Romney: Largely conservative

BobMbx on February 2, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Many PP clinics cannot do actual mammograms, they don’t have the equipment.

They could do ‘screenings’ but woman can do those themselves (self-examination).

catmman on February 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Planned Parenthood is under Congressional investigation and 91% of women who walk through their doors get abortions.

There’s no reason money for cancer research should’ve been going to an abortion company. Komen made the right decision.

And let’s back them up. I’ve already donated to Komen today. Will you join me?

amerpundit on February 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

How many lives have been saved by cancer screenings performed at Planned Parenthood. Where are women going to turn to get free screenings now?

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Anywhere. PP could disappear tomorrow and no one would miss an exam.

I wish it would disappear.

darwin on February 2, 2012 at 5:40 PM

As a breast cancer Survivor let me say this: the statistics show that having an abortion increases the likelihood of breast cancer.

Why, would an organization for the eradication of Breast Cancer want to be associated with an organization that provides the increase in Breast Cancer? Does it not seem absurd?

When I was young, I did a stupid thing and had an abortion. about 30 years later I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. I do not have the BC Gene. This was environmental, all the doctors stated this to be factual. During my treatment I discovered the statistic as I was asked to and did participate in a Mayo Clinic Study.

Facts are facts. The abortionists cannot change this from being true. So again, how can a viable organization trying to eliminate Breast Cancer continue to fund PP? They are not true to their cause if they do, in my opinion.

I think my opinion matters in this case.

uhangtight on February 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Komen has put politics above women’s health and its pretty despicable.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Actually, they’ve put cancer above abortion.

Which is why they’re in business.

catmman on February 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

How many lives have been saved by cancer screenings performed at Planned Parenthood. Where are women going to turn to get free screenings now?

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Any of the other places that provide the same service?

91% of women who go to Planned Parenthood go for abortions. And one of the reasons Komen pulled funding was because PP was referring people off-site for screenings. They weren’t even providing them.

amerpundit on February 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

If Komen were a cervical cancer organization, then PP sure would be an appropriate partner.

But the whole concept of PP performing breast cancer screening has always been a complete joke– they have no access to mammogram machines.

Their “screening” consists of mid level providers supposedly doing breast exams on women mostly in their teens to 20s, who are an exceedingly low risk population to begin with.

When the rare woman does have a lump, PP has to contract out or go back to Komen to get the appropriate mammograms, ultrasound, biopsy, etc at another office.

The whole argument is laughable aside from the abortion issue.

The fact is, Komen could find much more appropriate organizations to do actual breast cancer screening for the money than PP in the first place– orgs who can reach a much higher risk population, and provide the actual testing needed for that money

thurman on February 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

That women could get anywhere else. PP isn’t the only organization that does these exams, although that’s what they want you to think.

darwin on February 2, 2012 at 5:38 PM

That may be true, but PP is tops in the industry simply because they offer free abortions with every breast exam

BobMbx on February 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

As a breast cancer Survivor let me say this: the statistics show that having an abortion increases the likelihood of breast cancer.

I think my opinion matters in this case.

uhangtight on February 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Yes it does.

darwin on February 2, 2012 at 5:42 PM

A relative emailed two months ago to say she was taking part in a Komen Run for the Cure and looking for sponsorship. I told her about Komen’s then contributions to Planned Parenthood which she had not heard about. Then I emailed an excerpt from their website that stated their contributions to PP. I told her I would contribute to another cancer-fighting organization but not Komen.
I’m sure it was encounters like this that showed Komen it was better to ditch PP than to continue with that abortion albatross around their necks.
Next time she runs, I’ll sponsor assuming Komen doesn’t change their minds about no longer contributing to the baby killers.

Christian Conservative on February 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Komen has put politics above women’s health and its pretty despicable.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Once again, how does having an abortion promote a woman’s good health? A rather large disconnect….
Certainly the abortion does not promote the fetus’ good health: it’s murdered.

chai on February 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

And, for those of you crying foul how do you explain the fact that American Cancer Society has doctors and medical facilities willing to conduct pro bono breast cancer treatment for the poor and/or those with out insurance. All you have to do is call your local American Cancer Society or even the KOMEN organization and they will direct you to one of these Doctors and medical facilities.

Seriously, PP is just pumping for cash to continue the abortion mill.

uhangtight on February 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

I do not get it.

What does breast cancer prevention, awareness, research and battle with have to do with “planned parenthood”?

What does the Komen group want anything do with PP?

The way I see it, they should have never had to do anything with PP.

Again, planning parenthood has nothing to do with breast cancer prevention, awareness, research and battling against it, right??

Hello?

Opposite Day on February 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

I sent a $10 text donation earlier today…

ww5.komen.org/donate/DonatebyText.html

It doesn’t get any easier than that, folks.

Common Sense Floridian on February 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/02/1061151/-New-Komen-Foundation-policy-also-refuses-funding-for-embryonic-stem-cell%20research?via=blog_1

Apparently, Embryonic stem cell research is also no longer part of the Komen Foundation’s efforts. So they are no longer a cancer research group and now are a pro life mouthpiece?

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Do conservatives EVER win ANY of these political battles? Color me shocked.

Paul-Cincy on February 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

No. Planned Parenthood annually provides 830,000 breast exams, nearly 1 million screenings for cervical cancer, affordable birth control to nearly 2.5 million and 4 million tests/treatments for STDs.

Mmm…Burritos on February 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

They do not do cancer screenings at all.

“In the tapes, a Live Action actor calls 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 different states, inquiring about mammograms at Planned Parenthood. Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells her she will have to go elsewhere for a mammogram, and many clinics admit that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide this breast cancer screening procedure.”

link

Dante on February 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Where are women going to turn to get free screenings now?

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Health clinics, health fairs, medicaid/care providers, payment plan with doc, benevolent funds from churches/orgs, family assistance, etc..

hillsoftx on February 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Apparently, Embryonic stem cell research is also no longer part of the Komen Foundation’s efforts. So they are no longer a cancer research group and now are a pro life mouthpiece?

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Hey, you know what? The left doesn’t own them so they can do whatever they think is right.

darwin on February 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I get a free mammogram at a mobile unit at the library. There is medicaid and medicare. There are low cost or free medical facilities in every urban area. PP is an abortion mill, plain and simple.

HellCat on February 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

So anyone remember this ? This was 3 yrs ago :

Senator Joe Lieberman has said he will filibuster against the Obamacare bill if it expands the nearly bankrupt Medicare plan to cover people 55 to 64, which undoubtedly will cause more people to retire early and help bankrupt Social Security, too.

The Daily Kos — a group blog — is calling for people to stop donating to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure fund until Lieberman’s wife, Hadassah Lieberman, is fired.
The Daily Kos: “When Komen dumps Lieberman, then we will all resume donating to them.”

http://blogs.dailymail.com/donsurber/archives/5852

burrata on February 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

F*ck off.

Tired of this sh*t

The Ugly American on February 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Just making an on topic point. Didn’t Romney, the conservative alternative media and Romney fanatics use shut down the debate tactics to shut down our ability to have a conversation and make informed decisions instead of forced decisions by the vocal minority? Likely a paid minority. It is the only explanation I can come up with how ever single source came out with the exact same meme “anti capitalist”.

What is more anti-capitalist? The embracing of socialist programs to keep people poor, making work illegal based on what it pays? Or saying that one specific person’s specific limited set of actions in business were worthy of scorn?

You see, this is how the left works. Look above. This is how Romney works. Their philosophies are one and the same. Shut down the debate, do not argue points and counter points, shame, shun, demonize and push out! Hot Air and many posters on Hot Air were part and parcel to something similar as happened to this woman.

astonerii on February 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Aaaand NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg is donating $250,000 to Planned Parenthood to make up for the Komen money it’s losing.

http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/bloomberg-donate-250k-planned-parenthood-article-1.1016157

Sharke on February 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

I think my opinion matters in this case.

uhangtight on February 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Your opinion would matter anyway. :)

You’re pretty courageous. I’d hate to tick you off.

Axe on February 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Again, planning parenthood has nothing to do with breast cancer prevention, awareness, research and battling against it, right??

Hello?

Opposite Day on February 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

How utterly and completely clueless of you. Planned Parenthood has performed *millions* of free breast and uteral cancer screenings for women all over the country. Along with pap smears and other gynecological check ups. What’s really ridiculous about this is that Planned Parenthood provides women with affordable pre-natal care for when they want to carry their babies to term. They are a women’s reproductive health service and that includes breast, uteral cancer. God the *ignorance* of some people.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Apparently, Embryonic stem cell research is also no longer part of the Komen Foundation’s efforts. So they are no longer a cancer research group and now are a pro life mouthpiece?

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

They took a position against embryonic stem cell research — not adult stem cell research, which has proven far more fruitful — last year.

That position is old news, dug up now because pro-abortion activists realize they’re getting nowhere with their outrage over placing cancer research above abortion funding.

amerpundit on February 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Note that the phrase PP uses is “cancer screenings.” Not “mammograms,” not “breast exams,” but “cancer screenings.” Because it lets them roll in the irrelevant (to breast cancer detection) PAP smears in their (let’s face it) fundraising campaign based off the Komen news.

The dirty secret is that religious conservatives are better givers to charity than liberals. And the Planned Parenthood relationship was going to cost them more in donations than they gained in liberal cred.

Another ugly truth is that most liberal women in a position to donate to charity wouldn’t be caught dead on the other side of the counter at a Planned Parenthood for their own routine gyno care. Their own Doctor Goddard G Gotrocks has his own mammography machine, so like, Planned Parenthood must like totally have their own mammogram machines, right? And nobody ever gets pregnant with a baby they want to keep in the boondocks, so Planned Parenthood must be the only possible provider of gyno care out in those places on the map they are too scared to drive their Mercedes into, right? In other words, they are snobbishly ignorant, and Planned Parenthood plays on this for money.

Sekhmet on February 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

“Do abortion rights activists now want to admit by their disowning of Komen that they don’t actually care about other aspects of women’s health?

Um…..Yes

Opposite Day on February 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

How many lives have been saved by cancer screenings performed at Planned Parenthood. Where are women going to turn to get free screenings now? Komen has put politics above women’s health and its pretty despicable. The two issues aren’t related, its the pro life crazies who have forced them together.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

How many innocent lives have been TAKEN at planned parenthood before the child could even take their first breath outside of the womb???????
There are other places other than PP where women can get FREE mammograms, health fares, or reduced fee mammograms through a clinic.
Giving money to a baby murder factory has been laced together with women’s health for too long. People need to finally know, if you go to PP, it’s because you are going to kill your baby. No more hiding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Maybe they figured out that embryonic stem cells produce no good results ?
Was PP was a major ‘reaper’ ?? (I don’t know that.. speculating)
Glad SOMEBODY is becoming reponsible in their spending !!

pambi on February 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Mmm…Burritos on February 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Cancer is horrible.

However, your comment underscores just how far off the mark from Komen’s central mission this funding is. They focus on breast cancer. No PP office I am aware of has the capability to effectively serve in oncological services of any kind- though screening is important. As to your first point- yes, exams can be helpful. Then, if for example a lump is discovered, they would then refer elsewhere (“go see your doctor.”)

Nothing else in your comment is even tangentially related to breast cancer.

So… could you make a more cogent argument as to why funds raised by Komen for breast cancer should be funneled to PP?

cs89 on February 2, 2012 at 5:49 PM

Health clinics, health fairs, medicaid/care providers, payment plan with doc, benevolent funds from churches/orgs, family assistance, etc..

hillsoftx on February 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

That’s what this is really about. Forcing women into Christianity or right wing groups if they want to be able to check if their uterus is growing a malignant tumor. Komen foundation makes me sick.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:47 PM

They’re an abortion mill, no matter how much you want to downplay their bread and butter.

The new document the abortion organization posted shows Planned Parenthood did 329,445 abortions in 2010 while it provided prenatal care to only 31,098 women and referred only 841 women to adoption agencies.

The number of women receiving prenatal care dropped significantly from 2009 to 2010, as the abortion business helped 40,489 women in 2009 — meaning almost 10,000 fewer women received prenatal support from Planned Parenthood last year than the year prior, or a drop of almost 25 percent.

amerpundit on February 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Now that their horrific “abortion-factory” behavior and actions have been exposed, Planned Parenthood probably will do an ACORN and change their name, while continuing the same disgusting behavior. I suggest they tell it like it is and call themselves: “Unborn Fetus Murderers R Us” with their slogan “One Billion Fetus Murders Served – and Counting.” (And, of course, “Want Fries with that Abortion?”)

A key tenet of the warped ideology of the lunatic-left d-cRAT socialists: abort, abort, abort – and do it WITH TAXPAYER MONEY !

Per The Washington Examiner, Planned Parenthood has contributed MILLIONS to get lunatic-left d-cRAT socialists elected. In 2012. In particular, they spent massively for Babs Boxer (D-imwit, CA) and Patty Murray (D-elusional, WA) to help them win close races. That’s YOUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK !!!! No wonder dingy-harry reid and the rest of the d-cRAT socialists so desperately want to continue federal funding for PP – they don’t want to kill off one of the lunatic-left’s cash-cows, they just want to kill off 332,278 unborn fetuses a year.

SPECIAL HISTORICAL NOTE TO THE LUNATIC-LEFT D-CRAT SOCIALISTS: Margaret Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood, was an avowed racist and bigot who believed in eugenics, and wanted blacks and other minorities eradicated by giving them access to abortion and other reproduction limiting methods !!!!!!!

TeaPartyNation on February 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

So anyone remember this ? This was 3 yrs ago :

Senator Joe Lieberman has said he will filibuster against the Obamacare bill if it expands the nearly bankrupt Medicare plan to cover people 55 to 64, which undoubtedly will cause more people to retire early and help bankrupt Social Security, too.

The Daily Kos — a group blog — is calling for people to stop donating to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure fund until Lieberman’s wife, Hadassah Lieberman, is fired.

burrata on February 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Wow … liberals really care about women don’t they?

darwin on February 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

an organization that would bow to pressure from the anti-abortion right.

So the uberleft women object to what they see as folding due to pressure but if Komen backs away from their stand won’t they be folding due to pressure from the pro-abortion left? Or is that folding acceptable?

katiejane on February 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Sorry, forgot to paste my reference point, earlier:

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

pambi on February 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

So let me get this straight. Someone quits an organization dedicated to saving lives because the organization quit sending money to another organization that is principally about ending lives?

Yeah.

Makes a lot sense.

Sheesh.

ButterflyDragon on February 2, 2012 at 5:51 PM

That’s what this is really about. Forcing women into Christianity or right wing groups if they want to be able to check if their uterus is growing a malignant tumor. Komen foundation makes me sick.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Since this still a partially free country, you’re not forced to donate.

darwin on February 2, 2012 at 5:51 PM

Once again, how does having an abortion promote a woman’s good health? A rather large disconnect….
Certainly the abortion does not promote the fetus’ good health: it’s murdered.

chai on February 2, 2012 at 5:43 PM

Kinda like a small debate I was having with a few people on FB.

In VA, they have passed legislation making it mandatory for anyone wanting an abortion to also have an ultrasound prior to the procedure.

The Dems/Libs were all up in arms about how the state could force anyone to pay for such “medically unnecessary” procedures.

Of course no one mentions that over 90% of abortions are elective, not “medically necessary” as it were. Nor do they mention how state taxpayers are forced to pay for the abortions themselves.

catmman on February 2, 2012 at 5:51 PM

After cutting ties with PP, Komen donations up 100%

catmman on February 2, 2012 at 5:45 PM

In the wake of this week’s announcement that Susan G. Komen for the Cure will no longer be awarding grants to Planned Parenthood, the breast cancer organization’s donations have gone up 100 percent in the last two days.

While pro-choicers believe the decision to sever the relationship was based in politics, Komen continues to argue that the decision was based on internal policy changes which dictate more stringent criteria for grants — which Planned Parenthood does not meet, including the fact that Planned Parenthood is under congressional investigation and does not offer on-site screening, having to refer patients for mammograms, treatment and diagnosis elsewhere.

This must be what Charlie Sheen feels like all the time.

Axe on February 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

How many lives have been saved by cancer screenings performed at Planned Parenthood. Where are women going to turn to get free screenings now? Komen has put politics above women’s health and its pretty despicable. The two issues aren’t related, its the pro life crazies who have forced them together.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

You never have the facts straight.

Dante on February 2, 2012 at 5:52 PM

Where are women going to turn to get free screenings now?

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

The same places where illegals, welfare mommies, and junkies get their free screenings, the same places where actual poor American women get there free screenings.
Such places exist you know.
When women feel the need to get themselves checked for BC, Planned Parenthood is not the place we think of to go for a screening

burrata on February 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

So why is a cancer foundation donating to a racist eugenics front group in the first place?

18-1 on February 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

At least the PRO-ABORTERS haven’t hoped that Pro-Life Women DIE of breast cancer.

YET.

That’ll be coming tomorrow from the insanely amoral baby killers.

It’s all about CHOICE. Just don’t choose pro-life, “sister.”

Jack Bauer on February 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

They do not do cancer screenings at all.

Except that they do and patients have testified to that fact that they have received those services.
http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/womens-health/mammogram-21195.htm

Mmm...Burritos on February 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

So anyone remember this ? This was 3 yrs ago :

The Daily Kos — a group blog — is calling for people to stop donating to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and Susan G. Komen for the Cure fund until Lieberman’s wife, Hadassah Lieberman, is fired.

burrata on February 2, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Wow … liberals really care about women don’t they?

darwin on February 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Don’t worry. I’ve been over there. They don’t have any money anyway. No loss.

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 5:54 PM

Komen came to the sudden realization that, in order to increase breast CA survival, a woman had to successfully avoid an abortion.

seems wise.

ted c on February 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

So why is a cancer foundation donating to a racist eugenics front group in the first place?

18-1 on February 2, 2012 at 5:53 PM

I think everyone wonders that.

darwin on February 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

The mistake is not in cutting Planned Parenthood from the rolls of a (completely unrelated) breast cancer charity. It’s adding them in the first place.

When you court the support of liberals, you’re entering a life contract. The same thing happens to businesses like Whole Foods and Starbucks and the Daily Show. Let your support – for all their causes – flag briefly, or diversify your message at all, and it’s boycotts and bricks through the window.

Sometimes, like Starbucks and the Men’s Warehouse, you curry their favor and get bricked anyway.

HitNRun on February 2, 2012 at 5:55 PM

That’s what this is really about. Forcing women into Christianity or right wing groups if they want to be able to check if their uterus is growing a malignant tumor. Komen foundation makes me sick.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Tell that lie again about you being an evangelical Christian.

hawkdriver on February 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I believe in the separation of ABORTION and STATE.

Jack Bauer on February 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Susan G. Komen Foundation, formally Pro-life for some people (breast cancer victims), now Pro-Life for all.

About bloody time.

parke on February 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

The Dems/Libs were all up in arms about how the state could force anyone to pay for such “medically unnecessary” procedures.

I presume VA makes you go through some sort of licensing process to get a hand gun, right?

And the 2nd Amendment is actually in the Constitution.

18-1 on February 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

“Screw cancer patients, viva la dark ages. ”

Komen has really dropped the ball with this.

mythicknight on February 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Good post, Tina. Too bad Komen will cave over this and revert back to supporting PP.

KS Rex on February 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Where are women going to turn to get free screenings now?

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

They have health fares in most places where people can get free screenings or appointments for free screenings later thru a clinic. PP isn’t the only place. But, they hide so women don’t feel guilty for killing their babies. They can lie and say they are being screened.

BedBug on February 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

That’s what this is really about. Forcing women into Christianity or right wing groups if they want to be able to check if their uterus is growing a malignant tumor. Komen foundation makes me sick.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Are you DELIBERATELY being obtuse, or are you really that stupid?

Susan G. Komen deals with BREAST cancer issues, not uterine cancer.

And ya know what?
If you don’t want to support SGK after they made this decision, THEN DON’T.

Send your donations to PP.

Last time I checked, it’s a free country…..

TeresainFortWorth on February 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM

“Screw cancer patients, viva la dark ages. ”

Komen has really dropped the ball with this.

mythicknight on February 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Please explain.

darwin on February 2, 2012 at 5:58 PM

northdallasthirty on February 2, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Man, I didn’t think your comments could get more on fire. You run for something. I’ll move to your freaking state and vote for you.

People need to read this ones comments. This is what a Conservative sounds like.

hawkdriver on February 2, 2012 at 5:59 PM

as though PP is the only organization that can use Komen’s money to provide low-income women with life-saving services.

And there it is folks. Its like people dont realize the money will just go to another oranization, that get this, isnt as controversial. and doesnt kill unborn children.

Whats so hard to understand about all this? The money isnt going to stay locked away in the Komen coffers to stare at.

kage on February 2, 2012 at 5:59 PM

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I find your user name to be…interestingrefreshingbold…contradictory…

ladyingray on February 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Tell that lie again about you being an evangelical Christian.

hawkdriver on February 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I would never use the phrase “evangelical Christian” to describe myself. So do try again.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM

the furor over this will have the left caterwauling over killing mommies, that their anti-boobies, and such.

oh wait look, it’s already happening.

ted c on February 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Komen foundation makes me sick.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

So I’m guessing you will be writing a hefty 5 figure donation check to PP? Right after you send in your heftier donation to NPR ?
;-)

burrata on February 2, 2012 at 6:01 PM

18-1 on February 2, 2012 at 5:57 PM

Did you read the rest of my comment? You should.

Context…

catmman on February 2, 2012 at 6:01 PM

2 things I will guarantee:

1) Komen’s donations increase
2) PP will continue aborting babies with reckless abandon

All the rest is nonsense.

Though I do find libfree morons and its ilk claiming PP can no longer survive without free money from Komen… you know – being how popular abortion and PP apparently is in America.

How is it possible they can’t raise funds??? I’ll give you a hint… they need government subsidies to survive.

Odie1941 on February 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM

hawkdriver on February 2, 2012 at 5:56 PM

I would never use the phrase “evangelical Christian” to describe myself. So do try again.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Charismatics are not evangelical?

hawkdriver on February 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM

The Liberal Faux Outrage is sickening.

All a woman has to do is call the local branch of any Cancer organization to get free breast exam or medical care. These organizations have funds to help those that need the help. You don’t need to go to PP.

I just don’t buy this faux outrage and concern for women’s health.

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:50 PM

See my prior posts. American Cancer society has a list of doctors providing pro bono cancer treatment. So does Komen, so do all of the other Cancer organizations.

Assisting PP with funding defeats the purpose of fighting breast cancer, since abortions increase your risk of getting breast cancer. Silly Liberal.

uhangtight on February 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM

I could see the outrage if Komen were a cervical cancer charity, as Planned Parenthood actually does do PAP smears. But Komen is a breast cancer charity. Planned Parenthood was not worth losing the Catholic hospitals over. Sometimes business decisions are just business decisions.

Sekhmet on February 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM

this is an example of how PP seeks “credibility.” They try to associate with organizations that have a good, true, and honest objective. They align with them, leech off of their credibility to support their own (since they can’t stand alone, period), then, once the cord is cut, the caterwauling begins.

so predictable.

ted c on February 2, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Komen officials knew Komen grant money was earmarked by Planned Parenthood expressly for cancer screenings, but they also knew that any dollar Planned Parenthood didn’t have to come up with itself for a cancer screening was a dollar the organization could put toward an abortion instead.

Thank you, Tina, for expressly stating this.

This is the fundamental lie we hear so often in abortion funding debates, be it Obamacare or Komen’s decision or the United Way or anything else. “But… but… none of this money is allowed to go to pay for abortions,” they will argue. But all money is fungible. If you give Planned Parenthood $10, even if it’s mandated to not be used for an abortion, that’s $10 less of their general fund that they have to devote to whatever you donated it for and $10 more they can devote to abortion services.

It is impossible to provide money to an organization that provides abortion services and simultaneously claim that the money is not being used to fund abortions. It may not be directly funding abortions, but it is most definitely enabling them.

Shump on February 2, 2012 at 6:03 PM

No. Planned Parenthood annually provides 830,000 breast exams, nearly 1 million screenings for cervical cancer, affordable birth control to nearly 2.5 million and 4 million tests/treatments for STDs.

Mmm…Burritos on February 2, 2012 at 5:35 PM

How do they do breast exams without mammograms? Are the exams by actual registered nurses? I’m guessing not. Hey, I can do those kind of squeezing exams… and I’ll do ‘em for free! (Though my wife might object)

Was the Komen foundation giving money to PP for cervical cancer screenings and birth control etc.? I thought Komen was about fighting breast cancer? At least that’s what all of their fund-raising literature says. If PP received money for breast cancer prevention… isn’t that simply fraud?

theCork on February 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:44 PM

How about a link to one embryonic stem cell therapy that has worked.
Lots of adult stem cell therapies out there though.

chemman on February 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Did you read the rest of my comment? You should.

I was disagreeing with thought expressed in the quote, not with you.

18-1 on February 2, 2012 at 6:04 PM

It may not be directly funding abortions, but it is most definitely enabling them.

Shump on February 2, 2012 at 6:03 PM

So you mean my Katrina Hurricane donation in fact did help those in New Orleans?

astonerii on February 2, 2012 at 6:05 PM

How many lives have been saved by cancer screenings performed at Planned Parenthood. Where are women going to turn to get free screenings now?

libfreeordie on February 2, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I believe I can confidently say that Planed Parenthood has destroyed many more lives than it has saved.

neuquenguy on February 2, 2012 at 6:05 PM

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