Thursday, February 02, 2012

The Punk Out by the Susan G. Komen Foundation

In case you hadn't heard, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has pulled its' donations from Planned Parenthood. The reason given is because of the abortion services that Planned Parenthood provides. The grant that it gave Planned Parenthood.....well, did it pay for abortions?


What did it do?

Over the past five years, Planned Parenthood health centers with Komen program funding have provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams out of the more than four million clinical breast exams performed nationwide at Planned Parenthood health centers, as well as more than 6,400 mammogram referrals out of 70,000 mammogram referrals.

170,000 breast exams.
6,400 mammogram referrals.

Now, these medical services aren't given to women with insurance. This came up when the misogynists in the HOUSE VOTED TO CUT OFF PLANNED PARENTHOOD. Planned Parenthood provides good, quality healthcare concerning feminine health issues FOR WOMEN WITH NO WHERE ELSE TO GO.

That Komen would cut off money because of something its money doesn't even go towards?

You can do what you want to do, but I know where any mail coming from them will go from now on.


From The Atlantic Monthly Blog::

Komen, the marketing juggernaut that brought the world the ubiquitous pink ribbon campaign, says it cut-off Planned Parenthood because of a newly adopted foundation rule prohibiting it from funding any group that is under formal investigation by a government body. (Planned Parenthood is being investigated by Rep. Cliff Stearns, an anti-abortion Florida Republican, who says he is trying to learn if the group spent public money to provide abortions.)

But three sources with direct knowledge of the Komen decision-making process told me that the rule was adopted in order to create an excuse to cut-off Planned Parenthood. (Komen gives out grants to roughly 2,000 organizations, and the new "no-investigations" rule applies to only one so far.) The decision to create a rule that would cut funding to Planned Parenthood, according to these sources, was driven by the organization's new senior vice-president for public policy, Karen Handel, a former gubernatorial candidate from Georgia who is staunchly anti-abortion and who has said that since she is "pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood." (The Komen grants to Planned Parenthood did not pay for abortion or contraception services, only cancer detection, according to all parties involved.) I've tried to reach Handel for comment, and will update this post if I speak with her.

The decision, made in December, caused an uproar inside Komen. Three sources told me that the organization's top public health official, Mollie Williams, resigned in protest immediately following the Komen board's decision to cut off Planned Parenthood. Williams, who served as the managing director of community health programs, was responsible for directing the distribution of $93 million in annual grants. Williams declined to comment when I reached her yesterday on whether she had resigned her position in protest, and she declined to speak about any other aspects of the controversy.

Lawrence O'Donnell had a representative on from Planned Parenthood to discuss.

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