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
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