Komen Reverses Decision To Defund Planned Parenthood

Komen racers gather at event. Photo by by Chris Shaffer.

I was listening to a talk radio show based here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area this morning. Mark Davis, a North Texas radio staple since the early 90s, was discussing Susan G. Komen’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood. I was trying to call in because no one was mentioning the abortion-breast cancer link, when I got a text telling me Komen had reversed their decision.

Here is some of Komen’s official statement:

We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.

The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen.  We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood.  They were not.

Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation.  We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.

“Or is it what is gutless?” asked Mark Davis on the air this morning.

I had planned on saying two things if I managed to get on the air. The first thing: yes, it’s great that Komen defunded Planned Parenthood, but not great that it took a Congressional investigation to make them do it. It makes it seem like they are fleeing from controversy, when what they should be doing is taking a strong stand for women’s health. Planned Parenthood encourages women to make irresponsible, physically damaging decisions, and makes money off those decisions by offering to suck the decisions out of them and dispose them as medical waste. In the process, they mislead women about the fact that their decision is now a living human being.

The second thing I was going to say: there is medical research showing a link between abortion, birth control pills, and breast cancer, which I’ll get to in a moment. I would call that a conflict of interest, wouldn’t you?

Komen grants funds to Planned Parenthood based on the idea that they provide general “healthcare services” to women. Although it is certainly possible a breast exam at Planned Parenthood might reveal a lump and a mammogram (which PP doesn’ t offer) might be recommended, “Any check written to Planned Parenthood facilitates the abortion services they provide,” as Mark Davis said this morning.

Davis made no bones about his deep admiration for Komen and the work they do to cure breast cancer. What he did not mention, and what he may not be considering, is that you can’t spend money to cure women from this stack, and spend money to hurt them from this other stack. Abortion hurts women. It hurts them physically, mentally, and emotionally.

There is also a link — which some in the medical community deny and others proclaim is absolutely true — between having an abortion and contracting breast cancer later in life. I urge you to look at the research and make up your own mind whether denial of the link is politically motivated or based on science.

“We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics,” said Komen’s official statement, released this morning. In response to this, Mark Davis said, “The Komen people made this political the day they decided to contribute to Planned Parenthood.”

If raising money to cure breast cancer were their primary concern, they would not have reversed this decision. Their donations went up 100% in the short time since they announced the halting of grants to PP as pro-lifers who have refused to donate to Komen opened their wallets to thank them for their decision, happy to finally be able to contribute to their good work of fighting breast cancer with a clear conscience. I wonder if Komen has given any thought to the fact that those people gave money in good faith believing it wouldn’t be used to fund abortions. Will they refund that money? I guess we’ll see.

Komen has literally chosen Planned Parenthood over finding a cure for breast cancer, which is startling proof both of PP’s political and societal clout, and Komen’s lack of integrity and commitment to their own professed cause. They claim not to be politically motivated, but they give money to the most polarizing “healthcare” organization in the country. They claim all they want to do is cure breast cancer, but Planned Parenthood has no more connection to breast health than any hospital, clinic, or OB/Gyn who performs breast exams as part of a routine physical.

It is a terrible shame that Komen has caved in to political pressure from pro-abortion fanatics who demand obeisance to Planned Parenthood. It is a terrible shame they’re allowing PP and its followers to compromise their mission to cure breast cancer.

If you would like to donate to a remarkable healthcare organization that fights breast cancer every day, consider M.D. Anderson in Houston.


Kristen Walker makes people mad on the Internet and sometimes tweets.