It is also important to note that Susan G. Komen didn’t come to some moral awakening in their decision to cut funding. I’m sure public pressure has had something to do with their decision though.
Many suspect the cutoff is linked to the abortion debate. Komen has been under fire by anti-abortion activists, after its connection to the pro-choice organization was publicized.
Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress – a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups. Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun said the charity recently adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure said in a statement that it’s decision had to do with new policies that stemmed from an internal review of its granting process, not politics.
Maybe the fact that Planned Parenthood is under investigation was the excuse they were looking for to cut ties. Let’s hope so. And for the record Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms and abortions have been linked to cause breast cancer, so it doesn’t make any sense to give them any money in the first place. It makes even less sense to give money to an organization in the name of saving lives when that organization purposefully ends so many lives.
UPDATE: One thing that was brought to my attention that should also draw the ire of people is the fact that Susan G. Komen also donates money to embryonic stem cell research, which “requires the destruction of unborn children in their earliest days for stem cells that have yet to help any patients.” So there is still plenty to dislike about this organization.