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Update: What are the Planned Parenthood contributions from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation used for?

posted at 1:09 pm on March 30, 2011 by

This has been an ongoing controversy and now that LiveAction has come out with another sting on Planned Parenthood, this is significant.  The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation states in its March 2011 Statement on Planned Parenthood:

Early screening through mammograms and education is critical to end the suffering from this disease: 98 percent of women treated for early stage breast cancer, before it spreads, are alive five years later. The widespread use of mammography and heightened public awareness of breast cancer both contribute to these favorable statistics.

And while Komen Affiliates provide funds to pay for screening, education and treatment programs in dozens of communities, in some areas, the only place that poor, uninsured or under-insured women can receive these services are through programs run by Planned Parenthood.  emphasis mine

Now that Live Action has proved that PP does NOT provide mammography services to its clients, what is the money being used for, because clearly is not for mammography screenings?  Education, treatment?

Update:  More information provided on the PP homepage shows they clearly refer out for these mammography services:

Where Can I Get a Mammogram?

Ask your health care provider, health department, or staff at your local Planned Parenthood health center about where you can get a mammogram in your area.

Additionally, it appears that PP does provide breast exams only.  However, the Komen memo links mammography, screenings, education, and treatment of breast cancer as their list of reasons it contributes to PP.

The Komen Foundation needs to come clean on specifically what those PP contributions are designated.  I’ve added the video below.

Crossposted at The Minority Report

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Now that Live Action has proved that PP does NOT provide mammography services to its clients, what is the money being used for, because clearly is not for mammography screenings? Education, treatment?

Mammograms are not the only screening method. I wouldn’t be surprised if they teach breast self-exams or otherwise advertise for screening in general.

Count to 10 on March 30, 2011 at 1:44 PM

They don’t need funding to do that. Every doctor in America can tell a patient how to do a self-exam. We have public health clinics in every county. There’s absolutely no reason that PP needs this funding.

Vera on March 30, 2011 at 1:51 PM

This is precisely why I have stopped giving money to the Susan G. Komen Foundation as they have gone far afield of their original intention to fund cancer research in service of finding a cure.

College Prof on March 30, 2011 at 2:17 PM

If your business is killing kids, telling lies won’t bother your conscience too much.

itsnotaboutme on March 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM

Just emailed Susan Korman with the link to the you tube video with the query” how can i continue to give you money when you don’t know what it is being used for?

Ricki on March 30, 2011 at 2:58 PM

I wouldn’t be surprised if they teach breast self-exams or otherwise advertise for screening in general.

Count to 10 on March 30, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Yeah. Margaret Sanger was all about breast cancer prevention./

gryphon202 on March 30, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Komen aupporters are saying they give the $$ because they know PP will just forward along the funds to help defray the cost…. Why doesn’t Komen just send the $$ directly to clinics who perform mammographies and cut out the middleman.

Ricki on March 30, 2011 at 3:40 PM

A good reminder NOT to support the Run for the Cure.

WannabeAnglican on March 30, 2011 at 6:53 PM

I do not support federal funding of Planned Parenthood or any other kind of medical clinic of any sort.

That out of the way, the BIG LIE here isn’t a big lie at all. PP refers women out for mammography. Just as your primary care physician or OB would. It’s absolutely true that women cannot self-refer for mammography or Breast MRI.

Women receive basic health care (primary care) and OB/GYN care at PP. A lot of women do not have access to these services except through PP.

Young working women, college aged women – and older working class women who won’t be seen by a primary care physician because they will not be accepted into a practice without insurance – and/or are required to make large, up-front and artificially expensive fees for service if the are.

PP is actually helping women get services they can’t get any other way – referals to low or no cost mammography is part of what they do.

Just like your doctor, the one that won’t take uninsured patients.

I don’t support federal funding of PP. But they do provide needed services beyond access to induced abortions. That’s the truth. So farking admit it.

SarahW on March 30, 2011 at 8:29 PM

Great research here SusanAnne! You always do such excellent work.

Take care, and have a good night. :-)

X0X0, Suzi

Susannah Fleetwood on March 31, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Ricki, the reason is that women can’t self-refer for these services. They have to go through a gatekeeper – a physician or nurse practitioner.

SarahW on March 31, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Wish I had known Komen did business with the PP, for any reason, before I let my kids participate. That’s not happening next year and I will make sure their school, which supports the run, is aware of this.

Doing any business with PP helps them. Komen should disassociate from PP or realize that a chunk of their support will quickly disappear.

Over50 on March 31, 2011 at 10:27 AM

My wife is a breast cancer survivor, and we refuse to have anything to do with the Komen Foundation, even if it is a hometown charity. IIRC, Komen also supports embryonic stem cell research.

Ward Cleaver on March 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

PP is a scam operation, just like AARP.

Ward Cleaver on March 31, 2011 at 12:37 PM

Doesn’t matter how the funds are allocated or “designated”. Money is fungible. Put a thousand dollars into the account for “breast cancer screening” and that means that an extra thousand dollars in the other bank accounts can be used for marketing abortions.

joe_doufu on March 31, 2011 at 3:36 PM

My wife is a breast cancer survivor, and we refuse to have anything to do with the Komen Foundation, even if it is a hometown charity. IIRC, Komen also supports embryonic stem cell research.

Ward Cleaver on March 31, 2011 at 12:35 PM

Laura Ingraham, a breast cancer “thriver” (she eschews the term “survivor”) once said something briefly years ago about refusing to participate in Susan G. Komen events, which are marketed more cleverly than Coca-Cola. Since then, I’ve been suspect of the foundation, whose publicity machine is unavoidable.

I know for a fact that there were many NFL players who didn’t like hot pink accents in their uniforms and on their shoes, but because “everybody loves boobies,” they grudgingly went along with the league’s bizarre cross-promotion of breast cancer awareness. Komen has usurped the color pink almost as completely as gay activists have appropriated the rainbow for their own use.

L.N. Smithee on April 1, 2011 at 1:35 AM