Komen Foundation Will Stop Funding Planned Parenthood
For years, pro-lifers have spoken about the link between breast cancer and abortion while questioning the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s monetary grants to Planned Parenthood. And for years, the Komen Foundation has continued to supply funds to the abortion giant.
Today, things have changed. This breaking news truly is a game changer. The Associated Press reports,
The nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates – creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate, between two iconic organizations that have assisted millions of women.
It’s about time a large pro-woman organization stood up to Planned Parenthood. Komen granted $680,000 to Planned Parenthood last year and $580,000 the year before. Though this is a large sum of money, it’s not a large percentage of Planned Parenthood’s overall income. The biggest win for the pro-life movement here comes because Komen—a nationally recognized and well-loved organization—has disassociated themselves with Planned Parenthood.
Many women will be asking why Komen has taken this step. Many women will likely be more open to the pro-life message. They will begin to understand the corruption that is at the heart of Planned Parenthood. Komen itself says that they were motivated to strip funds because of Congress’ pending investigation into Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood believes that Komen’s action is a result of pro-life pressure on the Foundation. Komen denies this charge. As this news comes at the beginning of 2012, this year promises to be just as—if not more—game-changing for the abortion debate as 2011 when a record number of pro-life bills were passed by lawmakers.
Cecile Richards told the AP she was informed of Komen’s decision via a phone call last month. She said, “”It was incredibly surprising….It wasn’t even a conversation – it was an announcement.” Another Planned Parenthood CEO claims that they are “reeling” from the news.
Unfortunately, a Komen spokesperson claims that they want to “maintain a positive relationship” with Planned Parenthood, despite their stripping of funds. Nonetheless, this is great news for the pro-life movement and is a promise of things to come.