Breaking: Komen announces that Planned Parenthood eligibility for funding will continue; Update: Future funding not guaranteed, says Komen

posted at 11:29 am on February 3, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Remember when the Susan G. Komen Foundation cut off grants to Planned Parenthood for being under Congressional investigation — er, sorr, for not actually providing outcomes?  Good times, good times:

We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.

The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.

Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.

Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.

It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics.

On a certain level, I get exactly what they mean.  I think it is a fair point that suspending grants because of investigations should come from criminal probes — although there have been a few of those as well involving Planned Parenthood affiliates — even if granting agencies have the ability to decide on that criteria for themselves.  Otherwise, any investigation in Congress for any particular purpose would get used to block legitimate charities from getting grants no matter what the motives behind the probe might be.

Still, Komen would be better off sticking with outcome-based criteria for grants.  If Planned Parenthood performs the mammograms needed for screening, then certainly it’s a legitimate action to offer a grant funding that activity.  If all they’re doing is providing referrals, though, why not just fund the organizations actually performing the mammograms that catch cancer early enough for treatment, as well as the organizations actually providing that treatment?  The objection has been that the grants look much more like a method to fund abortions while asserting that Komen is only working on breast cancer, which is why so many people objected to the arrangement in the first place — and why critics applauded the move announced earlie this week.

The statement doesn’t actually commit to doing anything differently, if it is carefully read.  All Komen is saying is that Planned Parenthood is still eligible for grants, having rescinded their suspension that was based on the Congressional probe, and that grants already approved would continue.  Komen notes that they will still develop the guidelines that will help their funding directly impact their mission, and I’d bet that means that Planned Parenthood will still get a lot less money from Komen in the future, as most of their clinics don’t provide mammograms or treatments.  This is just a more intelligent approach to the issue, and one that would not have created the political firestorm that arose this week had Komen taken it from the beginning.

Update: Greg Sargent read the statement the same way I did and contacted a Komen board member, who confirms that Komen isn’t going to guarantee Planned Parenthood any future funding:

I just got off the phone with a Komen board member, and he confirmed that the announcement does not mean that Planned Parenthood is guaranteed future grants — a demand he said would be “unfair” to impose on Komen. He also said the job of the group’s controversial director, Nancy Brinker, is safe, as far as the board is concerned.

As some were quick to point out, the statement put out by Komen doesn’t really clarify whether Planned Parenthood will actually continue to get money from the group. The original rationale for barring Planned Parenthood was that it was under investigation (a witch-hunt probe undertaken by GOP Rep Cliff Stearns). Komen said today that the group would “amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political.”

Does that mean Planned Parenthood will get Komen grants in the future?

I asked Komen board member John Raffaelli to respond to those who are now saying that the announcement doesn’t necessarily constitute a reversal until Planned Parenthood actually sees more funding. He insisted it would be unfair to expect the group to commit to future grants.

“It would be highly unfair to ask us to commit to any organization that doesn’t go through a grant process that shows that the money we raise is used to carry out our mission,” Raffaelli told me. “We’re a humaniatrian organization. We have a mission. Tell me you can help carry out our mission and we will sit down at the table.”

In other words, grants will likely be outcome-based, and that would keep Planned Parenthood on the outside in most cases.  Sargent also reports that the board strongly supports Brinker through this episode and her job is not in danger, which would also tend to support that conclusion.

Update II: Jen Rubin provides another data point that makes this policy clear:

The Post interviewed Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure CEO Nancy Brinker and President Elizabeth Thompson on Thursday. At that time, they confirmed that their group wants to stick to its core mission and not simply funnel funds through another entity that doesn’t itself provide breast cancer screening. (“We have decided not to fund, wherever possible, pass-through grants. We were giving them money, they were sending women out for mammograms. What we would like to have are clinics where we can directly fund mammograms.”) We don’t knowwhether that rationale is now null and void.

Pardon me, but this is nuts. Planned Parenthood can raise its own money (which it did in spades in the wake of the flap). Those who want to give to a breast cancer charity can donate with the peace of mind that their money will be used to fight breast cancer. (Donors did so generously as a result of the controversy.) Now Planned Parenthood’s bosses have every right under current law to do what they do and raise money to fund their organization. But shame on them for intimidating other groups that might contemplate the same move as the Susan G. Komen Foundation made.

It sounds to me like this statement was carefully crafted to underscore that policy, not reverse it, as Sargent discovered.


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Too bad. I was seriously going to send them a donation today.

UltimateBob on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Am I the only one who questions the timing of all of this?

JPeterman on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Of course. The Left’s intimidation campaign works wonders.

Too bad.

changer1701 on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

lol. Far right ideologues lose again.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

trainwreck.

sesquipedalian on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

….you see, as someone pointed out, if you are aborted, you can’t get breast cancer, so supporting PP really does reduce breast cancer.

right2bright on February 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Leftist bullying pays off.

Aronne on February 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Cave. But really, the Fail is in how they handled the whole thing.

search4truth on February 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

It’s better to be part of the in crowd than to save women’s lives I guess.

Flange on February 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Yes, this issue is much more important than the DOJ and Administration aiding Mexican drug cartels in the murder of American Border Control agents.

/lapdog media

shanimal on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Earlier story said donations increased by 100% since the first announcement. I wonder if those people can get their money back?

Night Owl on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

They have a bad case of Romney-itis. It’s terminal.

faraway on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Too bad. I was seriously going to send them a donation today.

That’s right, Bob! That’ll teach those tumors!

inklake on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Isn’t it interesting how if you oppose Planned Parenthood, you are therefore “anti-women’s rights”?

Guess it’s the only way to defend one of the most despicable and slimy organizations in the United States.

MadisonConservative on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

…and this is who Mitt, Planned Parenthood, thinks so highly of that he appointed a PP advocate to lobby for them…
You can’t be honest, find this Komen cave as reprehensible, and support Mitt.

right2bright on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Support Y-Me instead.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

lol. Far right ideologues lose again.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

No, the babies that are killed are the ones who lost…

Asianeyes704 on February 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Cave.

vcferlita on February 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Nancy Brinker must have gotten disinvited to a lot of Georgetown cocktail parties.

rockmom on February 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Socialism and abortion: the only things the left cares about.

IR-MN on February 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Heartache.

KeninCT on February 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

That’s right, Bob! That’ll teach those tumors!

inklake on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Murder Inc. ain’t about women’s health-it’s about killing unborn babies.

annoyinglittletwerp on February 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Abortion cures Breast Cancer in women.

poppieseeds on February 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

That’s right, Bob! That’ll teach those tumors!

inklake on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

That is right inklake, Komen is the only organization whose goal is to end cancer. -s

cyclown on February 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

It will be seen as a cave, and the left will cluck and gloat.

There is so much else going on at Komen that even had they not caved to PP and the left I still wouldn’t donate to them. They’re too big, too corporate. Most of their money seems to go to overhead and not actual research and aid. And then there’s the demand for specific levels of contributions to take part in runs, and on and on.

Pink guns in honor of Komen?

I’m all for capitalism, free market and so forth, but the Komen organization just seems to make a mockery of the fight against breast cancer with the advertising overload.

Logus on February 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

lol. Far right ideologues lose again.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

And far Left ideologues win?

Charlemagne on February 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

…and this is who Mitt, Planned Parenthood, thinks so highly of that he appointed a PP advocate to lobby for them…
You can’t be honest, find this Komen cave as reprehensible, and support Mitt.

right2bright on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

You have spammed every thread with this comment and it still doesn’t make any sense. Who lobbied whom, and for what?

rockmom on February 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

inklake on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

I agree with Bob … I have already left them a vmail letting them know that I too have a right to make a decision where my money will be spent.

ORrighty on February 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

“I was for it before I was against it” ?!

maverick muse on February 3, 2012 at 11:37 AM

I’m all for capitalism, free market and so forth, but the Komen organization just seems to make a mockery of the fight against breast cancer with the advertising overload.

Logus on February 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

It’s a giant vanity campaign by Nancy Brinker.

rockmom on February 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

negotiating with terrorists….er, you know what I mean.

ted c on February 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Isn’t it interesting how if you oppose Planned Parenthood, you are therefore “anti-women’s rights”?

Guess it’s the only way to defend one of the most despicable and slimy organizations in the United States.

MadisonConservative on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Or you’re anti-women period, or something. And you HAVE to support the Left’s sacred cows, or else you the smear campaign commences. Unbelievable.

You can’t be honest, find this Komen cave as reprehensible, and support Mitt.

right2bright on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

This thread has nothing to do with Romney, so maybe the Mitt bashing can continue on another post?

changer1701 on February 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Until all this happened I had no idea Komen gave money to Planned Parenthood in the first place. Now that I do, and now that I’ve learned a little about Komen’s organization (in particular, the relatively large percentage they spend on infrastructure and management rather than research and treating women), I’m not inclined to donate to them in the future.

Oh well, their loss is my local animal groups’ gain. I’m glad this happened.

Blacksheep on February 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

No, the babies that are killed are the ones who lost…
Asianeyes704 on February 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM

That’s a win to leftards like Uppereastside.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Brinksmanship

faraway on February 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

The pressure from 26 (D) Senators had NOTHING to do with their deciesion. /sarc

Mangy Scot on February 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Right, they just wanted to commit fraud so that they could get a little publicity and a boost of donations from people who don’t normally give the them. Spectacular.

besser tot als rot on February 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

lol. Far right ideologues lose again.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM
No, the babies that are killed are the ones who lost…

Asianeyes704 on February 3, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Babies in your head.

PP has said many times those funds aren’t used for abortion. 3% of their services are abortion related. However you ideologues could careless. You just want everything shut down.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

It’s a giant vanity campaign by Nancy Brinker.

rockmom on February 3, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Brevity has never been my strong-suit.

Thank you.

Logus on February 3, 2012 at 11:40 AM

lol. Far right ideologues lose again.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Don’t forget the babies. Babies who will be killed will also “lose”. Yay for your side?

Weight of Glory on February 3, 2012 at 11:40 AM

heh. SGK server is too busy

ctmom on February 3, 2012 at 11:40 AM

I wonder how many other organizations are funding Planned Parenthood that people don’t know about.

I would have never thought Komen was.

gophergirl on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

we are officially a democracy…

MOB RULE

John Kettlewell on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

haha

I knew they would. Right wingers flat out hate women rights

liberal4life on February 3, 2012 at 11:19 AM

lol. Far right ideologues lose again.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Sockpuppets separated at birth?

Chip on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

A complete cave. The renegade has now been whipped back on to the liberal plantation.

Upstreamer on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

So in other words, Konen’s initial story, (which apparently none of you believed anyway), that this had nothing to do with Planned Parenthood offering abortion services), was all bull.. it had everything do to with that.

inklake on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Just to clarify:

Because of political pressure, they changed their policy to not be subject to political pressure,

And that’s considered logical by liberals.

JustTruth101 on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

lol. Far right ideologues lose again.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM
And far Left ideologues win?

Charlemagne on February 3, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I am actually a moderate. I know that is impossible to believe for most folks here.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Leftist thugs show their concern for women by threatening to shut down organization that cares for women unless said organization pays them “protection money”.

darwin on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

At the very least, it is an example of how an organization can utterly mishandle their messaging. Charaties don’t have the luxury of alienating a bunch of rabid pro-murder feminists who might also believe in giving toward breast cancer.

That being said, what was more interesting to me was the sense of entitlement PP had over the grants they were getting from the charity. Let us remember that PP is nothing but an abortion factory that does enough “other stuff” to cover up that fact.

Happy Nomad on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

If all they’re doing is providing referrals, though, why not just fund the organizations actually performing the mammograms that catch cancer early enough for treatment, as well as the organizations actually providing that treatment? The objection has been that the grants look much more like a method to fund abortions while asserting that Komen is only working on breast cancer, which is why so many people objected to the arrangement in the first place — and why critics applauded the move announced earlier this week.

Bingo.

The worst part about it is, after seeing the comments left on Rod Dreher’s article posted in Headlines last night (the one about the liberal blacklisting) I had a sick feeling in my stomach that this would be the outcome–Komen would cave.

It really is all about abortion for these people. The breast screening stuff is just a smoke-screen. This is why I sometimes think there is no good reason to hope for good things for this country–we have the blood of millions of innocents on our hands due to the legalized slaughter of the unborn.

theotherone on February 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

save abortion for our daughter’s dreams!

Barack Obama on February 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

DHChron on February 3, 2012 at 11:42 AM

lol. Far right ideologues lose again.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Wow 42% of likely voters are “far right idealogues”, who knew?

canditaylor68 on February 3, 2012 at 11:43 AM

lol. Far right ideologues lose again.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

You’re killing future tax payers.

Who will supplement your socialistic dreams if you keep killing your tax base?

portlandon on February 3, 2012 at 11:43 AM

That’s it, Susie. No more money for you, no more sympathetic pink ribbons. Breast cancer is horrible, but murder is worse. You can kiss my behind.

MikeinPRCA on February 3, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Time to go back to NOT donating to them.

Abby Adams on February 3, 2012 at 11:43 AM

This is why the left wins. They know how to fight. The second Komen stopped the funding, every leftist group got organized. They fight for what they believe in.

What do conservatives do? Cower in the corner and complain about how mean the MSM is.

Romney as the “conservative” voice in Florida vs. this story is a perfect juxtaposition between the two. Face it dudes, the conservative movement is dead.

angryed on February 3, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I am actually a moderate.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

What does that mean?

You don’t have the conjones to admit you’re a Leftist?

Chip on February 3, 2012 at 11:43 AM

SGN – STOP GIVING NOW!!!!

redguy on February 3, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Why is the left so wedded to baby murder?

Kjeil on February 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Babies in your head.

PP has said many times those funds aren’t used for abortion. 3% of their services are abortion related. However you ideologues could careless. You just want everything shut down.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

PP can partition the money that they receive all they want. The reality is that as an organization one of the “services” they provide is abortion. And I keep seeing different percentage numbers for how much of their services are related to abortion. Every time someone from the left talks about it that number seems to drop.

If PP provided zero services or referrals for abortion, then and only then would those who value all life even begin to consider PP as a reasonable organization to give attention. But that they offer and encourage even one abortion, specifically on wholly elective terms, negates everything else they do in the supposed name “health”.

Wonder why? /sarc.

Logus on February 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Gee, I’m glad my paycheck didn’t clear until today. I almost sent them money.

DHChron on February 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Too bad. I was seriously going to send them a donation today.

UltimateBob on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Your care for women with cancer knows no bounds.

libfreeordie on February 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

cowards

Dannyp8262 on February 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

There was a reason I cautioned against donating to Komen until they proved they wouldn’t support Planned Parenthood again.

Regardless of where this ends up, their leadership has been horrible. That alone is a reason to avoid them for now. They should have known more about PP before they started funding them. Breaking off relations with a group whose primary purpose is destroying human life is bound to be messy. Now Komen has managed to alienate both sides.

eMatters on February 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

I am actually a moderate. I know that is impossible to believe for most folks here.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

No actualy it’s really easy to believe that you consider yourself a moderate. Lots of people believe lots of things about themselves.

Weight of Glory on February 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM

Oh!… They are having transmisson problems!… So, their manual drive is now stuck in reverse?

KOOLAID2 on February 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Time to go back to NOT donating to them.

Abby Adams on February 3, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Jeez. At least the rest of us were supporting Komen before they were politicized. Looks like you only started caring when you thought they backed your pet pro-life issue. Pretty lame.

libfreeordie on February 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

I had breast cancer and always thought that Komen was a decent organization until now; hadn’t realized that they supported PP. Now that I do, I will never support their ’cause’ since their cause conflicts with my heart.

TeaTrekkie on February 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Now we know the real reason their trademark color is pink. They can’t completely wash the blood off their hands.

lonestarleeroy on February 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Jeez. At least the rest of us were supporting Komen before they were politicized. Looks like you only started caring when you thought they backed your pet pro-life issue. Pretty lame.

libfreeordie on February 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Leftists consider timing of our decisions lame. But not murder. Kiss off, lib.

MikeinPRCA on February 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Romney as the “conservative” voice in Florida vs. this story is a perfect juxtaposition between the two. Face it dudes, the conservative movement is dead.

angryed on February 3, 2012 at 11:43 AM

I wouldn’t go that far. Is Romney the conservative movement? no, because the GOP is no longer the conservative movement.

DHChron on February 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Very disappointing, and I will be taking them out of my will. Thanks to early detection 20 years ago, I’m still kicking and they would have had to wait a while anyways! I’ll find another cancer research organization.

This is an example of mission creep that occurs in so many NGOs. Their original mission was not “women’s health” but “breast cancer.” Then the money pot grew and zealots of all stripes took over. It seems that the left especially is adept at taking over these foundations. Look at Ford, MacArthur, etc. All left leaning.

We were told that abortion would be safe, legal and rare. At over a million abortions a year, 95% of them for convenience only, it’s apparent it was all a big lie.

PattyJ on February 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I’ve found that a moderate is just someone without strong convictions or principles.

And opposing abortion isn’t “far right”. It’s a majority position in the GOP. I suppose you think the entire GOP is “far right” an oft used yet Ill defined term.

Charlemagne on February 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Gee, I’m glad my paycheck didn’t clear until today. I almost sent them money.

DHChron on February 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Wow, they’re really missing out on a big-timer like you who lives paycheck to paycheck.

KeninCT on February 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Jeez. At least the rest of us were supporting Komen before they were politicized. Looks like you only started caring when you thought they backed your pet pro-life issue. Pretty lame.

libfreeordie on February 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

No need to support an organization that gives peoples donation to baby killers.

I’m sure there are plenty of communists who like dead children who will pick up the slack.

darwin on February 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Your care for women with cancer knows no bounds.

libfreeordie on February 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

It has nothing to do with caring about women with cancer. It has to do with where Komen chooses to give their money to.

There are plenty of organizations that help support womens health, breast cancer, etc that have no ties with Planned Parenthood. I have a feeling a lot of these organizations are going to see an uptick in support.

gophergirl on February 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

When you cave to these people, both sides then hate you. We saw this happen in 2010 when the Target Corporation had the gall to support a Republican. This election cycle, hopefully everyone will stand up to the thuggish lefty machine. They can’t target everyone at once.

LakeLevel on February 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Jeez. At least the rest of us were supporting Komen before they were politicized. Looks like you only started caring when you thought they backed your pet pro-life issue. Pretty lame.

libfreeordie on February 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

LOL. You so silly.

Abby Adams on February 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

I donated to SGK a couple days ago.
Looks like I’m going to have to try to get it back.

Dexter_Alarius on February 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I had breast cancer and always thought that Komen was a decent organization until now; hadn’t realized that they supported PP. Now that I do, I will never support their ’cause’ since their cause conflicts with my heart.
TeaTrekkie on February 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Your care for women with cancer knows no bounds.
libfreeordie on February 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on February 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

The “only 3%” sound bite is a joke. Just dig a little deeper: Clients obviously get multiple services, as 1 out of 9 got an abortion. So the figure is at least 11%.

And as Abby Johnson (former PP director) noted, they get a lot of pressure to increase abortions (as opposed to getting pressure to pass out condoms or do pap smears).

And where does their revenue come from? How to the top executives make well over $200k each by giving things away?

eMatters on February 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

lol. Far right ideologues lose again.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:31 AM

One doesn’t have to be an ideologue to be pro-life. Conversely, what if you’re wrong in your pro-abortion stance? If I’m wrong about my pro-life beliefs, then what I construe to be a child, an innocent human being, is just a mass of insensate tissue, not a person. If you’re wrong and fetuses are human beings, then you’re a proponent of bloody infanticide, mass murder committed for the sake of convenience (the number of women for whom abortion is a life-saving medical procedure is virtually infinitesimal.)

You’re ‘lol’ is inappropriate. There’s nothing remotely funny about any aspect of this issue.

troyriser_gopftw on February 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Sadly,the genie is out of the bottle for this org – and there are many other Cancer foundations needing funding, that are not on the abortion bandwagon.

FlaMurph on February 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Good luck with your future, now that you’ve woken up the majority to the fact that you fund abortions.

Money for Race for the Cure goes to Planned Parenthood. I wonder why Planned Parenthood just can’t have their own Race for Margaret Sanger’s Vision of a Whiter America?

MNHawk on February 3, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Hope you guys didn’t donate too much money to them. You’ll need it for Mitt!

ElenaKagan on February 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I am actually a moderate. I know that is impossible to believe for most folks here.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Oh hey!…and I am Peter Pan, I winter at Disneyland and I would like to introduce you to some other people…

KOOLAID2 on February 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

This is strictly due to POOR MANAGEMENT! Any company that cannot stick to its own rulings, is a company that CANNOT be trusted! That goes for any company! It shows that the company hierarchy CANNOT be trusted to make decisions for the company—no matter how much it’s needed. FLIP-FLOP, FLIP-FLOP. . . .

DixT on February 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

I would suggest a scam meant to increase donations from all sides for Komen and to PP from crazed pro-abortionists, but pissing off everyone doesn’t seem like a very good move long term.

JosephP on February 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Right to life groups are already networking to organize protests at “Walk for life” events this spring and summer, all in response to this walk-back. I will be happy to participae. Women need to know the level of horror they are enabling by supporting this group. I guarantee contributions will plummet.

tommyboy on February 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Wow, they’re really missing out on a big-timer like you who lives paycheck to paycheck.

KeninCT on February 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Ah, nothing like a CT blue blood to bring the most cutting of shade *wine glass clink*

libfreeordie on February 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM

That’s right, Bob! That’ll teach those tumors!

inklake on February 3, 2012 at 11:34 AM

And that’s EXACTLY what you told the angry PP supporters yesterday, when they were cussing and vowing to never again buy a pink product, right? Please tell me you’re intellectually honest.

hoosiermama on February 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Jeez. At least the rest of us were supporting Komen before they were politicized. Looks like you only started caring when you thought they backed your pet pro-life issue. Pretty lame.

libfreeordie on February 3, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Komen has been politicized all along – just not in ways that annoyed the left. And frankly, if I were going to give to a cancer foundation, I would not give to one that researches breast cancer which is MASSIVELY overfunded compared to other types of cancer.

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/06/cancer-funding-does-it-add-up/

Laura Curtis on February 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Babies in your head.

PP has said many times those funds aren’t used for abortion. 3% of their services are abortion related. However you ideologues could careless. You just want everything shut down.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Only 3%. If it were just one baby killed per year, shouldn’t that be enough to justify righteous indignation? However, even given that, it is NOT just 3%. READ BELOW:

First of all Planned Parenthood aborts more than 320,000 babies each year. Planned Parenthood claims to provide services to 3 million women each year.

Therefore, more than 10% of the women who use Planned Parenthood go there to seek abortions. Sure, while they are there, Planned Parenthood can tell them where to get a mammogram and hand them a box of rubbers and pretend they are providing eleventy other services to get that number down to 3%. But those women are there for abortions. Do not pretend otherwise.

The bottom line is at least 10% of their customers are there for an abortion.

The link to the article is here.

320,000 babies per year. That is almost 1,000 dead babies a day.

Hannibal on February 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Wow, they’re really missing out on a big-timer like you who lives paycheck to paycheck.

KeninCT on February 3, 2012 at 11:48 AM

yep, cause no Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Liberals sure are compassionate.

DHChron on February 3, 2012 at 11:51 AM

This is how Komen should have done it in the first place – allow PP to apply for further grants – deny them on account PP doesn’t actually do any mammograms (they just send it out).

PP is about abortion, so any money they don’t have to spend on “women’s health” they can spend on what they’re about…

Evrviglnt on February 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I am actually a moderate. I know that is impossible to believe for most folks here.

Uppereastside on February 3, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Just proves the Overton Window theory.

Mitoch55 on February 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Gee, I’m glad my paycheck didn’t clear until today. I almost sent them money.

DHChron on February 3, 2012 at 11:44 AM

If you have to wait for a check to clear then you should be spending your money more wisely. Political donations are hardly prudent when you’re that broke.

I don’t believe you were going to donate one dime.

Capitalist Hog on February 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Right to life groups are already networking to organize protests at “Walk for life” events this spring and summer, all in response to this walk-back. I will be happy to participae. Women need to know the level of horror they are enabling by supporting this group. I guarantee contributions will plummet.

tommyboy on February 3, 2012 at 11:50 AM

So you’re going to protest women walking in “Walk For the Cure” marathons with pictures of baby fetuses. Yup, that’ll definitely convince people to support giving up their legally protected right to an abortion. I guess Westboro’s not too far out of the social conservative mainstream after all.

libfreeordie on February 3, 2012 at 11:52 AM

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