The Punk Out by the Susan G. Komen Foundation

In case you hadn’t heard, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has pulled its’ donations from Planned Parenthood. The reason given is because of the abortion services that Planned Parenthood provides. The grant that it gave Planned Parenthood…..well, did it pay for abortions?


What did it do?

Over the past five years, Planned Parenthood health centers with Komen program funding have provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams out of the more than four million clinical breast exams performed nationwide at Planned Parenthood health centers, as well as more than 6,400 mammogram referrals out of 70,000 mammogram referrals.

170,000 breast exams.
6,400 mammogram referrals.

Now, these medical services aren’t given to women with insurance. This came up when the misogynists in the HOUSE VOTED TO CUT OFF PLANNED PARENTHOOD. Planned Parenthood provides good, quality healthcare concerning feminine health issues FOR WOMEN WITH NO WHERE ELSE TO GO.

That Komen would cut off money because of something its money doesn’t even go towards?

You can do what you want to do, but I know where any mail coming from them will go from now on.


From The Atlantic Monthly Blog::

Komen, the marketing juggernaut that brought the world the ubiquitous pink ribbon campaign, says it cut-off Planned Parenthood because of a newly adopted foundation rule prohibiting it from funding any group that is under formal investigation by a government body. (Planned Parenthood is being investigated by Rep. Cliff Stearns, an anti-abortion Florida Republican, who says he is trying to learn if the group spent public money to provide abortions.)

But three sources with direct knowledge of the Komen decision-making process told me that the rule was adopted in order to create an excuse to cut-off Planned Parenthood. (Komen gives out grants to roughly 2,000 organizations, and the new “no-investigations” rule applies to only one so far.) The decision to create a rule that would cut funding to Planned Parenthood, according to these sources, was driven by the organization’s new senior vice-president for public policy, Karen Handel, a former gubernatorial candidate from Georgia who is staunchly anti-abortion and who has said that since she is “pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood.” (The Komen grants to Planned Parenthood did not pay for abortion or contraception services, only cancer detection, according to all parties involved.) I’ve tried to reach Handel for comment, and will update this post if I speak with her.

The decision, made in December, caused an uproar inside Komen. Three sources told me that the organization’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, resigned in protest immediately following the Komen board’s decision to cut off Planned Parenthood. Williams, who served as the managing director of community health programs, was responsible for directing the distribution of $93 million in annual grants. Williams declined to comment when I reached her yesterday on whether she had resigned her position in protest, and she declined to speak about any other aspects of the controversy.

Lawrence O’Donnell had a representative on from Planned Parenthood to discuss.

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9 Responses to The Punk Out by the Susan G. Komen Foundation

  1. Ametia says:

    Turns Out Komen Vice Pres. is Anti-Gay Everything: Civil Unions, Adoptions, Benefits
    by Jorge Rivas, Monday, February 6 2012, 10:25 AM EST

    Komen for the Cure vice president for public policy Karen Handel is anti gay everything: she’s “wholeheartedly” agaisnt gay marriage, civil unions, ‘absolutely agaisnt gay adoptions’ and domestic partner benefits.

    In a 2010 interview with an NBC affiliate in Georgia—just one year before she took the job at Komen—Handel bloated about supporting Georgia’s constitutional amendment against gay marriage.

    “I’ve been very clear. And you know, as a Christian, marriage is between a man and a woman,” she said in the interview with Atlanta’s WXIA-TV.

    “And it’s something that I supported wholeheartedly,” she said.

    Handel’s staunchly anti-gay comments are surfacing as a number of Komen employees leak information that she’s responsible for cutting ties with Planned Parenthood, a decision the pink-ribbon foundation reversed on Friday.

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  3. BREAKING NEWS: Komen foundation apologizes to Planned Parenthood. Komen founder Nancy G. Brinker says Komen will restore Planned Parenthood funding.

    Top Officials At Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Charity Resign Over Planned Parenthood Controversy

    Dr. Kathy Plesser, a Manhattan radiologist on the medical advisory board of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s New York chapter, said she plans to resign from her position unless Komen reverses its decision to pull grant money from Planned Parenthood.

    “I’m a physician and my interest is women’s health, and I am disturbed by Komen’s decision because I am a very strong advocate for serving under-served women,” Plesser told The Huffington Post. “Eliminating this funding will mean there’s no place for these women to go. Where are these women to go to have a mammography? Do they not deserve to have mammography?”

    With her decision, Plesser joins Komen’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, and the executive director of Komen’s Los Angeles County chapter, Deb Anthony, both of whom also resigned in protest.

    Susan G. Komen, the nation’s largest breast cancer charity, announced on Tuesday that it had adopted a new rule against partnering with organizations that are under investigation, and that it would therefore sever ties with Planned Parenthood, which is currently under investigation in Congress. The groups that prompted that investigation are anti-abortion advocacy organizations that have long criticized Planned Parenthood, primarily a women’s health and family planning organization, over the fact that some of its clinics offer abortions.

  5. Ametia says:


    I never bought into the pink marketing ploy of this organization. Susan B. Komen must be rolling over in her grave after this DEBACLE. What a disgrace.

  6. Take’em to the woodshed, Rikyrah!

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