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Planned Parenthood vs Komen Foundation


Planned Parenthood along with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation have been making headlines lately. What is all the fuss about?  After long term pressure to pull funding from the debatably controversial health provider, The Komen  Foundation adopted new policies to do just that. 


At a board meeting, the Foundation decided it would no longer provide grants and funding to any organization that are under investigation. The policy states, ““that the charity's newly adopted criteria barred grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities.”  Planned Parenthood is lumped into this category due to the ongoing investigation attempting to determine if public money is being inappropriately used on abortions. 


Why is this such a big deal? The Komen for the Cure Foundation is one of Planned Parenthood’s main funders for breast exams.  Immediate shock and confusion erupted, making this “feud” national news.  Planned Parenthood  expressed, “deep disappointment in response to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s decision to stop funding breast cancer prevention, screenings and education at Planned Parenthood health centers. Anti-choice groups in America have repeatedly threatened the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation for partnering with Planned Parenthood to provide these lifesaving cancer screenings and news articles suggest that the Komen Foundation ultimately succumbed to these pressures.”


Planned Parenthood gets a lot of criticism in the public for being seen as an abortion clinic, as opposed to the largest provider of reproductive services.   Many Komen Foundation funders have pulled donations over the controversy.  Donations have been pouring into Planned Parenthood ever since. In fact, Michael Bloomberg (Mayor of New York) donated a quarter of a million dollars of his own money to support the cause.


Shortly after all the drama occurred (in fact a mere 2 days) The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation retracted its policies and announced it would continue to provide funding and grant applications for Planned Parenthood.