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

soundoff (150 Responses)
  1. Diostronies

    This religious activism thing is ultimately a doomed prospect. Their biggest delusion is they assume they know God and what he wants. Gideons Father (ah hem in the Bible) had it right. If a god might be offended, shouldn't he be able to do something about it himself!? Why would he need all these people to carry him around on their shoulders (ah hem like an idol) in order for him to do anything. If God hasn't charged into action... isn't it awfully presumptious for lowly poorly equipped ill educated humans to TAKE OVER strap political bombs to their chests and kill a bunch of innocents?!
    When they do... are they not declaring thier god a helpless idol. Why should the government or anybody buy that malarky?

    February 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  2. Kumoi

    Susan Komen has been dishonored by the violative actions of her namesake foundation. It is ludicrous to withhold vital medical care from the indigent and elderly over religious disagreements in such a politically charged atmosphere. Most of what they do has nothing to do with abortion. But, abortion is not a crime. It is a right. For all the moralists who know better, your disrespect for the law is frightening. Where did you get the self-proclaimed right sit in moral judgement when you disagree with a law? If religious zealots do not want to get abortions, then by all means We the People respect your right to make that decision. But that is where your rights start and stop. Your moralistic, self-rationalizing behavior does not absolve you of your responsibilities to respect the laws of the United States. You are no better than others in this society. That is the beauty of this country and the genius of the Founders. To punish the poor and to have the sheer gaul to say that you justify your actions by imputing guilt before assuming innocence is contrary to everything this country stands for and the Komen Foundation should be ashamed for their outrageous dishonesty.

    February 2, 2012 at 12:53 am |
    • You are not your own.

      You have no intrinsic or inalienable rights. Such things do not exist. You have only what We the People agree you have and that can change at any time.

      February 2, 2012 at 1:03 am |
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      February 2, 2012 at 2:39 am |
    • Neil

      Those who feel planned parenthood's mission is worthy of charitable contributions, by all means, donate. But people who donate to a particular cause like breast cancer have a right to complain (and refrain from further support) if it turns out their dollars aren't being used for the cause they thought they were supporting. There is no "right" to another's charity.

      February 2, 2012 at 2:59 am |
  3. _______

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    February 2, 2012 at 12:50 am |
  4. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    I'd far sooner support PP than Komen any day. Breast cancer is not the leading cause of death among women yet it gets an inordinate amount of attention. It's popular. PP does a great deal of good for women who need reproductive health care.

    Abortion is only a small fraction of the services PP provides. Nonetheless, it does provide such services. Guess what? That's just fine–abortion is legal and I'll support any organization that helps women get the health care THEY decide they need. If that doesn't suit Komen,they can look to someone else for support. I won't lend mine to their cause if they discriminate against women because of political pressure from the religious idiots.

    February 1, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • Sinead O'Connor

      each of these
      my three babies
      I will carry with me
      for myself
      I ask no one else will be
      mother to these three
      and of course
      I'm like a wild horse
      but there's no other way I could be
      water and feed
      are not tools that I need
      for the thing that I've chosen to be

      in my soul
      my blood and my bones
      I have wrapped your cold bodies around me
      the face on you
      the smell of you
      will always be with me

      February 1, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Three blind mice

      See how they run.

      i can quote bad poetry too!

      February 1, 2012 at 11:58 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And I'm not bald! Score!

      February 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm |

    • And if I show you my dark side
      Will you still hold me tonight?
      And if I open my heart to you
      And show you my weak side
      What would you do?

      Roger Waters

      February 2, 2012 at 1:17 am |
  5. Balls McGhee

    read Freakonomics. easily proven that Roe v Wade lead to low crime rates we are all enjoying today.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
    • Karen Fields

      My $$$$ is now going to other organizations that support women and ALL their needs.

      February 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      MIne, too. I don't need to support Komen. Everyone know that breast cancer isn't the leading cause of death for women anyway. I'll support PP and research into cardiac health for women.

      Komen can go pound sand.

      February 1, 2012 at 11:12 pm |
  6. Balls McGhee

    This is what happens when priorities take a backseat to ideological political nonsense. Komen, your role is to support women with breast cancer, not to be involved in slander and politics. you're no longer on my charity list.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  7. Chris

    Assuming that is true, you are talking about an insignificantly small number of people who would do that.

    @Hawaii, Tom is lying. Abortion is big business for PP. You being a jerk doesn't change that.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Back up your claim.

      February 1, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Chris

      In 2009, they performed 332,278 abortions. Murder is big business.

      February 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Yup. Funny you can't cite the percentage of PP's income abortions represent, you little cowardly pipsqueak. Abortions are 3% of PP's bottom line, you f2c king moron.

      Nice try, hypocrite.

      February 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Furthermore, Chrissie, "murder" is a legal term. It means "illegal killing." Abortion has never been legally considered "murder", even when it was outlawed. You might want to read up on it. Otherwise, you look pretty silly.

      February 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
    • A Little Help


      February 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      No one cares what you're doing, a little.

      February 1, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest


      If you can't provide a percentage of income from abortions to PP (who are not the only ones that provide abortions), from a linked source then what you say has absolutely no meaning.

      February 2, 2012 at 9:21 pm |
  8. Use your brain

    PEOPLE of America. If your religion teaches you that abortion is taking a life, then so be it. You would not abort. But not everyone has the same beliefs so far be it for those of us who are pro life to take that right from people who are pro choice. Government should stay out of it. Politics should stay out of it. It's a human decision PERIOD. In the grand scale of things America has FAR FAR FAR bigger fish to fry and politicians should keep their focus on those things. Tsk Tsk Komen

    February 1, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
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    Prayer wastes time.</b

    February 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
  10. Flying Spaghetti Monster

    Women are all such disgusting wh0res. Instead of supporting b-r-e-a-s-t cancer research, they all want to avoid responsibility for wh0ring around instead. How sick is this world?

    February 1, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • stanJames

      it takes two to tango, flying spaghetti monster. How innocent are you.

      February 1, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • Flying Spaghetti Monster

      I take care of my child.

      February 1, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • Balls McGhee

      shame on you for using the name of he who cannot be spoken of! that is blasphemy! Ramen.

      February 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  11. Flying Spaghetti Monster

    I hope the people that don't want to support the fight for the cure, end up with a very highly malignant form of the problem, and then there's no money to cure it 🙂

    February 1, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Cancer survivor

      I cannot believe that you would wish cancer on anyone no matter what their beliefs are!

      February 1, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
    • Balls McGhee

      every Pastafarian is mad that you are insulting our Lord by using his name and spewing insanity. Ramen.

      February 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  12. Jacquelyn Larson

    I'm through being a sponsor for the Race for the Cure. I'll give that money to Planned Parenthood. To cave in to right wing extremists at the expense of women's health and then lie that it's not political. For shame.

    February 1, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
    • Anatomically Bombed

      Agreed. No more Christian non-profits will get a dime from me. No more for the YMCA regardless what they do in my neighborhood because some of my money might get into a disgusting christians hands.

      February 1, 2012 at 7:37 pm |
    • Flying Spaghetti Monster

      I'd say cancer is far more of a threat to women's health than having to take responsibility for wh0ring around.

      February 1, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  13. mpd

    THREE CHEERS FOR KOMEN!!! I will happily support the walk once again! Hopefully this will lead others to actually open their eyes, brains and hearts to the truth. Once again- YAY 4 KOMEN!!!

    February 1, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • Credenza

      Absolutely! Great news.

      February 1, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • elegantlivingemptywallet

      Uh, excuse me. I don't understand why you think this is a good thing. What a woman does with her body isn't really your business. You should be supporting SGK because of their work for breast cancer research, NOT because they're not affiliated with one of the most useful non-profits in the country. Planned Parenthood does tons more than provide SAFE abortions, like provide birth control pills, condoms, STD testing, and GYN exams. How can you really call yourself a woman if you don't support women's health?

      February 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
  14. ouidas

    Never more any money to Susan G. Komen and will work to discourage others from giving. Sick decision. Now Planned Parenthood will become the recipient of every penny.

    February 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Chris

      That will help fight cancer by funding murders! Congrats!

      February 1, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Let me know when abortion is 'murder'. Thanks in advance. I'd like to be forewarned.

      Of course, it's a long shot. Abortion has never been considered 'murder', but I guess you can always hope, can't you?

      February 1, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
    • Chad

      BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Two doctors have been charged with murder after an investigation into a botched abortion uncovered 35 fetuses in a Maryland clinic's freezer, authorities said on Friday,

      A West Philadelphia abortion doctor, his wife and eight other suspects are now under arrest following a grand jury investigation.

      Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 69, faces eight counts of murder in the deaths of a woman following a botched abortion at his office, along with the deaths of seven other babies who, prosecutors allege, were born alive following illegal late-term abortions and then were killed by severing their spinal cords with a pair of scissors.


      February 1, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      And? Did you think these horror stories were somehow relevant? Perhaps you need to look up "relevant", Chrissie, dear.

      February 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Chrissie, honey, this has been lots of fun, but I've had a full day of work. Unlike you, I have a career and an education. Let me know when you have either or both. Then you can play in the big leagues.

      Nighty-night, sweetie. Abortion will still be legal tomorrow. Just as it has been for the past 3 decades.

      Try to get over it.


      February 1, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
  15. creese

    This is ridiculous. The funding from Komen was specifically for breast cancer screenings which is a good portion of Planned Parenthood's services. People can b|tch and moan all they want and claim they don't actually do screenings, but I can tell you that they DO. Abortion should have nothing to do with this. If Komen wants to support early detection, they should've kept the funding the way it was. Planned Parenthood often helps women who can't receive services elsewhere, and this is very unsupportive of women's health.

    February 1, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
    • Credenza

      They perform abortions which have been proved to increase the risk of breast cancer – but the, of course PP had Komen breast screening to find it after they caused it !!!! Sick isn't it?

      February 1, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest


      h t t p://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/abortion-miscarriage

      "Until the mid-1990s, the evidence was inconsistent. Findings from some studies suggested there was no increase in risk of breast cancer among women who had had an abortion, while findings from other studies suggested there was an increased risk. Most of these studies, however, were flawed in a number of ways that can lead to unreliable results. Only a small number of women were included in many of these studies, and for most, the data were collected only after breast cancer had been diagnosed, and women’s histories of miscarriage and abortion were based on their “self-report” rather than on their medical records. Since then, better-designed studies have been conducted. These newer studies examined large numbers of women, collected data before breast cancer was found, and gathered medical history information from medical records rather than simply from self-reports, thereby generating more reliable findings. The newer studies consistently showed no association between induced and spontaneous abortions and breast cancer risk."

      Your post is a complete lie, go peddle misinformation elsewhere.

      February 1, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • Balls McGhee

      Credenza, did you see the study about those who are anti-abortion have a 38% higher chance of getting a brain tumor? you should be pro-choice.

      February 1, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
  16. Reality

    Only for the newbies:

    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 3:58 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      Might you have the time to explain what an "aborted womb-baby" is? I googled it but every single google response was your post word for word posted on every available news message board.

      February 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  17. Anon

    What did you expect? Christians need more children to brainwash with stupidity.

    February 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  18. lunchbreaker

    Hosea 9:11-16 Hosea prays for God’s intervention. “Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer. Give them, 0 Lord: what wilt thou give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. . .Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.” Clearly Hosea desires that the people of Ephraim can no longer have children. God of course obeys by making all their unborn children miscarry. Is not terminating a pregnancy unnaturally “abortion”?

    Numbers 5:11-21 The description of a bizarre, brutal and abusive ritual to be performed on a wife SUSPECTED of adultery. This is considered to be an induced abortion to rid a woman of another man’s child.

    Numbers 31:17 (Moses) “Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every women that hath known man by lying with him.” In other words: women that might be pregnant, which clearly is abortion for the fetus.

    Hosea 13:16 God promises to dash to pieces the infants of Samaria and the “their women with child shall be ripped up”. Once again this god kills the unborn, including their pregnant mothers.

    2 Kings 15:16 God allows the pregnant women of Tappuah (aka Tiphsah) to be “ripped open”. And the Christians have the audacity to say god is pro-life. How and the hell is it that Christians can read passages where God allows pregnant women to be murdered, yet still claim abortion is wrong?

    Now you may think that these verses actually advocate abortion, but actually it just proves God holds all life the same. He kills pregnant women AND unborn children.

    February 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • northern light

      The scary part about what people like you write is .....that you actually believe it is the word of a god
      but in reality...it is your imaginary friend.

      February 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • oban32

      Good. Now quote the New Testament.

      February 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
    • lunchbreaker

      In case it wasn't clear, I was demonstrating how f-ed up Christian logic is. I am not a Christian, but I attended a Christian highschool and was taught this as an argument against abortion. How sick is that?

      February 1, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • Chris

      You really have nothing to offer and no point outside of hate.

      February 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Gee, Chris. Do you? Tell us all what it might be. I can hardly contain my excitement at the thought you have something meaningful and worthwhile to say. What is it?

      February 1, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  19. George

    Only by your definition, it is not a baby.

    February 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      It's not a baby by medical definition, honey. Look it up. I doubt you will, being the moron you are. But that's your problem.

      February 1, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
  20. George

    I'm glad to see that the Komen Foundation has wisened up. I'm still bitter that they would even have considered contributing to Planned Parenthood in the first place. The Komen Foundation caved only under pressure. The should have been doing the right thing at the beginning. How could a foundation that seeks to save women's lives give to an organization that kills babies in the womb?

    February 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm |
    • David Johnson

      A fetus is not a baby. It is a potential baby. A fetus, until it can survive outside the womb, is a parasite.

      Woman's body. Woman's choice.


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

      They gave because planned parenthood does not only provide abortion services. Instead of idiotic indignation, why not find out what planned parenthood provides besides abortion services and counseling.

      February 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • George R

      I'm well aware of what services they provide. But the bread and butter of their operation is contraception and even abortion. Breast cancer awareness is way down on their list. Have you ever visited one? Have you ever seen any of their literature?

      February 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Same assertion came up in an earlier post, and I will say the same thing to you. Where is the disclosure of funds and payments to PP for specific services? Just saying something is a certain way means nothing without facts to back it up.

      February 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
    • George R


      Don't be lazy. Go to PP and look for yourself.

      February 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
    • AGuest9

      Yes, George R, those of us who were patients of PP in college received services that prevented us from ruining our educations and futures by having unwanted pregnancies!

      February 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @George R

      You are the one making the claim. Why should I look for information that you should be providing to back up your point. Seems like your the lazy one.

      February 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      The silliest thing about this whole bit is that Planned Parenthood is NOT purely an abortion clinic. They offer services to make what they feel are the best choices. They provide contraceptives, medical examinations, help people with adoptions. Abortion is just ONE thing that they do.

      I remember in high school, the only way some of my friends could get their hands on condoms was to visit PP because they handed them out. Potentially, PP STOPS my abortions than it does give them, given that they provide services otherwise unavailable to poor families and teenagers.

      February 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • DamianKnight

      not "my abortions." That should read "Potenially, PP stops MORE abortions than it does give them, given that they provide services otherwise unavailable to poor families and teenagers."

      February 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest


      Let's you see pretty clearly where Komens' loyalties really lie doesn' it.

      February 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Wisened up"? You might want to look up that word, Georgie. It doesn't exist outside your minuscule brain pan.

      February 1, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      From the Guttmacher Inst!tute:

      "• Publicly funded family planning services help women avoid pregnancies they do not want and plan pregnancies they do want. In 2006, these services helped women avoid 1.94 million unintended pregnancies, which would likely have resulted in about 860,000 unintended births and 810,000 abortions."

      The estimated number of abortions avoided by family planning is greater than the actual number of abortions had by believers.

      February 2, 2012 at 2:11 am |
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