Susan G. Komen drops funding for Planned Parenthood
January 31st, 2012
11:11 PM ET

Susan G. Komen drops funding for Planned Parenthood

By CNN Political Unit

(CNN) – The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation revealed Tuesday it was cutting funds to Planned Parenthood, sparking an outcry from abortion rights advocates blaming “political pressure” and praise from an anti-abortion group.

The major breast cancer research group cut funds to the prominent family planning organization after Planned Parenthood has come under increasing scrutiny from Congress over how it provides abortion services. The Komen Foundation gave few details on the reasons behind the decision, attributing the announcement to "changes in priorities and policies" and the need to "most fully advance [its] mission."

"It is critical to underscore that the women we serve in communities remain our priority. We are working directly with Komen Affiliates to ensure there is no interruption or gaps in services for women who need breast health screening and services,” the group said in a statement.

The Komen Foundation did not respond to repeated requests for more information about the decision.

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Abortion • Politics

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  1. carol

    My mailbox has been full of messages from people furious about this really dumb move. Hope they are prepared to lose a LOT of contributions. By the way, who is going to pay for shelter, food, health and education for all these kids after we stop abortions and birth control ... the Tea Party?

    February 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm |
  2. PeteyPup

    Love how CNN has buried this story on the, what. . . . Belief Blog? Don't understand it. Other sites have literally thousands of posts at this point and there is a lot of discussion. People on both sides of the debate are engaging heavily. At some point it seems like CNN would feature this story. Are they afraid of sometihing as well? Disgraceful.

    February 1, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  3. RillyKewl

    Nice to stop the comment thread when you've got one of the biggest, most important tragedies of the day here.
    What's up with that? Disgraceful.

    February 1, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  4. Julia

    I have not seen any news reports on this today. Gee, do you think the Komen organization timed this correctly????
    I'm sure they will be able to dig up enough dirt on PP to justify this decision but the bottom line decision speaks loud and clear on where they stand on women's health and Planned Parenthood.
    if the news organizations are not going to give this the coverage it needs, please take a moment and post on any social media sites you are on.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  5. Oh, Sh-t !!

    Let's see if this posts.

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    February 1, 2012 at 9:51 am |
  6. myweightinwords

    If the Komen foundation actually wants to support cancer services to all women, de-funding Planned Parenthood is a bonehead move, no matter what the motivation is.

    Planned Parenthood provides cancer screenings for low income women. I know two women who are alive today because a visit to Planned Parenthood found breast cancer and another who is alive today because PP found cervical cancer.

    They are not just contraceptives and abortion.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:39 am |
  7. derp

    Wow, I've been involved in the SGK race for the cure for two decades. This is stunning. They just lost my support. I am sending them a letter asking for all of the money I raised for them back.

    February 1, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • Tara Jill

      That's really helpful to the cause!

      February 1, 2012 at 11:22 am |
  8. I'm The Best!

    There are many reasons to allow abortions as well as many reasons to ban them. I can even think of a few instances where I believe they should be mandatory, but that's just ny opinion. But my point is, since there are good and bad reasons on both sides, why not just let the individual choose and keep it legal making the individual live with their decision?

    February 1, 2012 at 9:01 am |
  9. Reality

    Obama says abortions should be "safe, legal and rare" but says nothing about the basic tenet of proper human conduct i.e. Thou Shalt Not Kill. And where is BO's sense of indignation that abortions are not rare and that these acts of horror demean the Golden Rule considering that he says he is a Christian. And where is his sense of indignation that women who use the Pill do not use it properly resulting in an failure rate of 8.7% as per the Gu-ttmacher Inst-itute statistics. Using these and other Gu-ttmacher Insti-tute data, this failure of women to use the Pill properly results in ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year. And the annual abortion rate in the USA is?? ~1,000,000 as per the CDC.

    And do males use co-ndoms properly? No, as said failure rate for this birth "control" method is 17.4%!! Again using Gu-ttmacher data, said failure rate results in another ~1,000,000 unplanned pregnancies every year.

    Bottom line: BO is still not aware of the basics of birth control and still remains the leader of the Immoral Majority and will remain so until he becomes a true Christian and one who respects and protects human life in all its forms and who at least emphasizes the proper use of birth control methods!!!

    The Immoral Majority you ask?

    The fastest growing and possibly the largest USA voting bloc: In 2008, the 70+ million "Roe vs. Wade mothers and fathers" of aborted womb-babies" whose ranks grow by two million per year i.e. 78+ million "IM" voters in 2012.

    2008 Presidential popular vote results:

    69,456,897 for pro-abortion/choice BO, 59,934,814 for "pro-life" JM.

    February 1, 2012 at 8:04 am |
  10. TruthPrevails

    PP doesn't just support abortions. The moron's opposed to PP are too blind to see the other good things it does-the morning after pill; contraception; planned parenthood; options for adoption/keep the baby; education on prevention of STD's and testing for STD's...to name a few.
    If women are denied abortions in the legal sense, they will get them some other way and probably not in a good way. I think the church needs to keep their noses in their buybull's and out of a women's personal choices...stuff that is not their god damn business.
    What happens if the women is ra.ped? Why on earth would anyone wish that upon her? She already has to live with the horror of the act and now you dolts want her to live with the result of some monster's actions?!?!?!
    You're never going to stop hormones from raging, so why not do the right thing and support a worthy cause? At least by educating and as.sisting women we will prevent a potential further drain on the social system.
    As for the the Komen group and the cancer issue...cancer and abortion are 2 very different issues.

    February 1, 2012 at 7:18 am |
    • BG

      Funny how it all becomes so simple when you take the time to dismiss the opposing view.

      February 1, 2012 at 7:41 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      If the opposing view was not so ludicrous and for such horribly selfish reasons, it wouldn't be dismissed so easily.

      February 1, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • captain america

      Why don't you keep your bull sh it opinions in canada where they belong and let US deal with our own issues.There's your sign

      February 1, 2012 at 7:48 am |
    • BG

      @ Truth

      The judgmental "ludicrous" is simple ad-hom, but tell my why you think 'Right to Life' advocates are "selfish."

      February 1, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @BG: I think anyone who believes they have the right to tell a women what to do with their bodies is selfish...they are not looking out for the woman or the unborn...they only care about their own personal stand on the matter.

      @CA: This conversation doesn't involve your ignorant as.s...go back to your bridge at the asylum you dumb as.s troll!

      February 1, 2012 at 8:03 am |
    • BG

      And how is that different from being 'selfish' from the perspective of the mother? The argument for either is inherently biased.

      February 1, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • captain america

      we have every right to tell a canadian one whatever, to go screw themselves and deal with their own agencies and leave ours to US. There's your sign

      February 1, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • BG

      @ Cappy

      The Canuks did 'deal with it', by eliminating the controversy. They legislated 'on-demand' abortion, and their Supreme Court upheld it. I have no problem with Canadian liberal superiority – as long as it's recognized for what it is, and it's not infiltrated to America.

      Hell, I'll argue with anybody, regardless of their geographic disability.

      February 1, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @BG: differing views on this and unfortunately there always be.

      @CA: You have no rights to say anything. Once again we invest money into your economy every day...your country keeps sending their companies here and until that ceases, we will have a say. This is CNN...not FOX...go back to the hypocrites where you belong.

      February 1, 2012 at 8:28 am |
    • BG

      @ Truth

      Agree. It's a no-win in terms of moral priorities, and can only be resolved though populist governance. Fortunately, the U.S. isn't as nuts as you folks. Odd that your government is happily importing immigrants who will gladly repopulate your nation within a couple of generations, and do so at the expense of the Canadian taxpayers.

      Talk about shooting yourselves in the collective foot.... good luck with that.

      February 1, 2012 at 8:37 am |
    • BG

      @ Capt. Crunch

      Ignore that drivel about CNN and Fox. Both are being driven with Saudi investment capital over the last few years. Prince Waleed has his fingers in both pies. A phone call here, a phone call there.... Read Pam Geller's piece on Atlas Shrugs about Fox suddenly dropping their coverage of Muslim 'honor killings' without any explanation.

      February 1, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      @BG: No of course you're not as nuts!!! You only have the republitards that make it seem that way. I do not by any means support everything my country does...I believe they are far too lenient on numerous things.

      @CA: you have no point...this is the world wide web you dolt and as long as CNN allows Canadian's to access their site, we will continue to do so..now troll go back to the bridge at the asylum.

      February 1, 2012 at 9:13 am |
  11. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    February 1, 2012 at 5:53 am |
    • Nope

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs.

      February 1, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • AGuest9

      Stop posting lies.

      February 1, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • Nope

      "Stop posting lies."

      Exactly prayer doesn't change anything! LOL!

      February 1, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • RillyKewl

      Prayer ain't gonna change stupidity. Stop supporting Komen until they set this right. Denying poor women access to early detection mammograms is bad for atheists and woman of all political and religious stripes. How can anyone support this? Deplorable!!!

      February 1, 2012 at 10:57 am |
  12. George, not the stupid one

    When does human life begin ?

    February 1, 2012 at 2:40 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      It depends who you talk to. Abortion is not legal past the first tri-mester; whereas others say it begins at conception; whereas others say it begins at birth. I'd rather go by what science says than what people only looking to kill the world quicker have to say.
      I suggest looking up Gregory Paul's article Holocaust of The Children. It is an excellent read and points out the numerous naturally occurring incidents of abortion; etc.

      February 1, 2012 at 4:35 am |
  13. George, not the stupid one

    Why don't the right-to-lifers oppose the death penalty?

    February 1, 2012 at 2:38 am |
    • Marvin

      we actually we do, try again?

      February 1, 2012 at 2:44 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Do they? Why then are they not peti.tioning the government over that instead of interfering with a woman's right to control her own body?

      February 1, 2012 at 4:37 am |
  14. dalis

    This is welcome news. I used to do Race for the Cure. Now I can again in good conscience.

    February 1, 2012 at 2:01 am |
    • Marvin

      Same here. More money to them 🙂

      February 1, 2012 at 2:49 am |
    • TruthPrevails

      Two separate issues you dolt!!

      February 1, 2012 at 4:39 am |
    • AGuest9

      Since you will have a good conscience, you will have an even better one adopting an unwed mother, or two, I'm sure.

      February 1, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  15. tallulah13

    Then I will no longer contribute to the Komen foundation. I have no desire to support any organization that is willing to compromise women's health for the sake of religion.

    February 1, 2012 at 1:05 am |
    • Marvin

      i think they can live without your 10 cents a month.

      February 1, 2012 at 2:45 am |
    • George, not the stupid one

      PPH will survive also.

      February 1, 2012 at 3:50 am |
    • bigot

      wow Marvin...you are such a badA$$ you can talk $Hyt on a CNN blog. Congrats. Guaranteed you wouldn't have the stones to say something like that to someones face. Stay in your moms basement. #youignant

      February 1, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • Tallulah13

      No doubt they can, Marvin, but that isn't the point. I can only speak for myself, but I don't think that I am alone in my sentiment. Dimes add up.

      February 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • DJ

      Just curious where everyone's getting the information that this decision is based on religion. Everything I've seen points to SGK cutting back on funding to boost their own programs and research. That being the case, these women everyone is worried about losing their chance to be screened, would still have an opportunity to do this, just through SGK instead. Or am I missing something?

      February 3, 2012 at 11:01 am |
  16. BG

    I wouldn't be too quick to either cast judgement on, or unilaterally condemn, Komen. There's more to this than you'd like there to be.

    2/1/12 Seattle Times

    Susan G. Komen foundation ends Planned Parenthood grants
    Planned Parenthood says the move results from Komen bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists. Komen says the key reason is a congressman's investigation into the nonprofit urged by anti-abortion groups.

    "(Komen) said such pressure tactics were not the reason for the funding cutoff and cited Stearns' House investigation as a key factor. That investigation, which has no set timetable, was launched in September when Stearns asked Planned Parenthood for more than a decade's worth of docu ments. He said Monday he is still working with Planned Parenthood on getting the requested docu ments. (Komen) said they are looking into possible violations of state and local reporting requirements, as well as allegations of financial abuse, and would consider holding a hearing depending on what he learns."

    Politics, and now an ongoing investigation, has focused public scrutiny on PP. Contributors recognize that it's either time to fish (associate with them) or cut bait.


    February 1, 2012 at 12:40 am |
    • Marvin

      I guess pro one choice doesn't like the law or honesty when it comes to money.

      February 1, 2012 at 2:50 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And you base your statement on a study that hasn't even been completed? Good job, there, knee-jerk.

      February 1, 2012 at 6:16 am |
    • BG

      @ Tom

      A "study." You mean like a term paper, or maybe a science experiment?


      No, Tom. It's an -investigation-, and one that PP hasn't exactly been cooperative with. If it were a 'study' or a 'survey' they would have happily participated. Now there's going to be subpoenas and indictments and such.... So messy. But I bet some law student will get to 'study' it once it's all over.

      February 1, 2012 at 6:57 am |
    • BG

      @ Tom

      btw, because I haven't had the pleasure of talking with you before, please allow me this question.... Why would you choose a screen name where the obvious thing that comes to mind after it is:

      "Stole a pig and away he ran?" Do you have a particular affinity for Momma Goose? It's just... odd. And kind of creepy. Especially because I read in an earlier thread that you claim to be a girl.

      February 1, 2012 at 7:05 am |
    • onehippypoet

      tom tom the pipers son
      stole a pig and
      stuck it under its arm
      and called it herbie

      February 1, 2012 at 7:57 am |
    • herbie

      there is no herbie

      February 1, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • BG

      Maybe Tom has a thing for pigs?

      February 1, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Or maybe you do. Seems like you might be a bit...fixated. On me.

      Poor little d3ck.

      February 1, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
    • BG

      @ Tom

      Trust me, Tom – I'm not fixated on your poor little dick. But since you choose to respond to almost -every- topic with what's become trademark insult and rancor rather than reason, you're going to attract some attention. Maybe that's what you want. Same logic as choosing a nursery rhyme for a screen name and then failing to explain the obvious resulting queries.

      Regardless, your oft-demonstrated lack of common sense and critical reasoning skill inflicts more damage to your credibility than any banal ad-hom from anyone else could. In short – you're entertaining if nothing else, and there's not much else to you. You're an 'inadvertent and unintentional' troll, if you will; someone who's effort to be taken seriously is undermined by a complete unawareness of their own embarrassment.

      Some of us have been on these boards intermittently since their inception. You're one of the saddest, most simplistic, immature and polarized 'contributors' I've had the displeasure of running across. Curiously, you're also one of the more prolific, considering the limited value of your contributions. So you're off my radar. Scoot. Out damned spot.

      February 2, 2012 at 12:05 am |
  17. Reality

    Maybe Komen simply realized they were supporting some very stupid people.

    To wit:

    As per the Guttmacher Inst-tute, the Pill fails 8.7% of the time basically because women fail to take the Pill daily. Using other Guttmacher data, this results in ~ one million uplanned pregnancies. And the abortion rate in the USA as per the CDC is one million/yr.

    Male condoms fail on 17.4% of the time because basically men fail to use them even though they are in the said males' pockets or billfolds. This results in another one million unplanned pregnancies.

    Used properly as per Guttmacher, the failure rate of the Pill is 0.3%, male condoms 2%.

    Other important information:

    Obviously, a perfect contraceptive/STD barrier system does not exist. Time to develop one. In the meantime, mono-masturbation or mutual masturbation for heterose-xuals are highly recommended for those at risk. Abstinence is the another best-solution but obviously the se-x drive typically vitiates this option although being biological would it not be able to develop a drug to temporarily eliminate said drive? Maybe Komen and Planned Parenthood can help out in this regard.

    February 1, 2012 at 12:17 am |
    • George, not the stupid one

      "Plan B" will shortly make the need for AB obsolete. It's now over the counter. Now all we have to do is get some decent s'ex ed classes in middle schools and high schools. Oh wait...we're too stupid to prevent the need for ABs. Oh well. So much for that idea.

      February 1, 2012 at 2:36 am |
    • Reality

      Plan B might reduce the number of abortions but will have no effect on the STD epidemic and actually might contribute to added cases by giving a false sense of intercourse security.

      Please educate your teenagers and yourselves by reading and promulgating the following. It should be all the s-ex education you will ever need.

      from the CDC-2006

      "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

      And from:

      http://pagingdrgupta.blogs.cnn.com/2011/02/20/yes-or-al-se-x-is-se-x-and-it-can-boost-cancer-risk/?npt=NP1 (See also the January 2012 issue of Consumer Reports.)

      "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

      Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

      "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'"

      February 1, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • ......

      Hit report abuse on all reality crap

      February 1, 2012 at 7:55 am |
    • AGuest9

      "Male condoms fail on 17.4% of the time because basically men fail to use them even though they are in the said males' pockets or billfolds. This results in another one million unplanned pregnancies. "

      Two different statistics being mixed there. Not using one introduces the potential for a 100% failure rate. Yes, condoms break (especially the one's that PP provided, in my experience in college), but the foam and pill used with them prevented any pregnancies. If you can't afford the pill at PP and condoms, then you CERTAINLY can't afford a child!

      February 1, 2012 at 9:32 am |
  18. Riolama12

    Shame on you. My money will now go to Panned Parenthood.

    January 31, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Same here. I lost my mother to breast cancer, but I can't stand by and let this right-wing move go unanswered! Who knows the scores of children I would have had if not for Planned Parenthood.

      February 1, 2012 at 12:01 am |
    • Marvin

      My money is going to Komen now and you can do NOTHING to stop it: 🙂

      February 1, 2012 at 2:52 am |
    • George, not the stupid one

      Why would anyone want to stop money going to Komen ? Marvin, are you related to George ?

      February 1, 2012 at 3:52 am |
  19. flabergasted2

    I had nothing but high respect for the Komen foundation. My opinion has changed from this point forward. Someone so focused on women's health, and you decide to pull suppport for women's health that has a direct effect on women most in need of healthcare. I don't care if you're prolife. Spend some money on promoting it. But do it in a way that doesn't penalize getting important health care to women. What a hypocrite. My money goes to PP from here on out. I'll never look at at your advertisements for the walks that I know are so important to women in the same way again.

    January 31, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
    • Marvin

      I think they got sick of supporting a foundation that is built on irresponsible murder. Hope Planned parenthood enjoys your 10 cents a month.

      February 1, 2012 at 2:48 am |
    • George, not the stupid one

      "Murder" is a legal term, and AB is not against the law. Therefore it is not murder. It may be stopping a clump of cells from progressing, but it is not "murder". have you been to grade school ?

      February 1, 2012 at 3:54 am |
  20. RU12?

    "But the decision was applauded by some in the anti-abortion community, which has long called for the dismantling of Planned Parenthood. " We've only to shine a light on PP and they'll scatter like rats.

    January 31, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • AGuest9

      "some in the anti-abortion community"? You refer to the rich, who can afford to "discretely" take their daughters out-of-state for a "procedure"?

      February 1, 2012 at 12:04 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      PP provides many services that preserve the health of women who might otherwise not be able to afford such care. The anti-choice community routinely fails to acknowledge the fact that abortions represent a small fraction of PPs services. Convenient, huh? Honest? Nope.

      February 1, 2012 at 6:41 am |
    • Chris

      @Guest What world do you live in where you just make stuff up to "prove" a point?

      @Tom That's a lie. Abortions are a huge business for PP and a huge political agenda for them as well.

      February 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest


      Just because you think it's a lie doesn't make it so. For instance, I could call you a petty, small minded, anti-choice a***ole with nothing to contrib.ute to society. Does that make it true? Of course not, so why not try find a disclosure of money taken in from all their services and donations to specific service areas for PP then come back so you don't look like an idiot.

      February 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm |
    • AGuest9

      No, Chris, I graduated high school with two girls of wealthy families who did just that. Unfortunately, one of the girls couldn't keep her story straight for long, and the truth eventually came out. Not everyone had to go to a back alley for an abortion, only the poor girls.

      February 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Then you should be able to cite your proof, Chris. Your word won't do. Be sure you're using reliable, neutral sources, or you'll look like an idiot and a liar.

      February 1, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
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