I was on the phone with Susan G. Komen’s PR person about four years ago. I was working for the Archdiocese at the time, in the Office for Marriage, Family and Life. “Why do you give funding to Planned Parenthood?” I asked her. She stated that the grants they gave helped pay for breast cancer screening. I told her that I thought that was fishy. Interestingly, Live Action News reports:
“In the tapes, a Live Action actor calls 30 Planned Parenthood clinics in 27 different states, inquiring about mammograms at Planned Parenthood. Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells her she will have to go elsewhere for a mammogram, and many clinics admit that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide this breast cancer screening procedure. ‘We don’t provide those services whatsoever,’ admits a staffer at Planned Parenthood of Arizona. Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Health Center clinic in Overland Park, KS explains to the caller, ‘We actually don’t have a, um, mammogram machine, at our clinics.’ “
However, some claim that Planned Parenhood (PP) does do breast examinations. And Interestingly enough, Planned Parenthood’s own Annual Reports have shown that breast exams have actually decreased at the organization since it began receiving money from Komen.
Whatever the case may be, I’m glad Komen has finally seen the light. For now, they will not renew their grants to PP–like they have the past five years–which totaled hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Why did Komen make this decision?
- I think one of the reasons Komen has decided to truly embrace life, and turn away from Planned Parenthood, is because of the pressure many people were putting on them for giving to an organization that is guilty of killing millions of pre-born children. When I worked for the Archdiocese, our seminarians at St. John Vianney contacted me with a troubling question: For Lent, these good men were going to go without lunch and donate the money they would have spent (perhaps a total of $25,000) to Komen’s Race for the Cure. But they had heard that Susan G. Komen had ties to Planned Parenthood. Was this true? After I sent them information confirming their fears, they decided to give their sacrificial donation to another charity and voice their frustrations. I was proud of them, and I’m sure they went on to teach this discovery to their flocks.
- Also, it is important to recognize that this decision came a few months after a new executive vice president, Karen Handel, was hired at Komen. Handel ran for governor of Georgia in 2010 and was endorsed by Sarah Palin. She is very pro-life and supports pregnancy-help centers. (She’s my new hero!)
- And, Komen’s new donor requirements do not allow the charity to fund any organization under investigation and Planned Parenthood is currently being investigated for using federal money to fund abortions. But, Komen could reissue grants to Planned Parenthood if nothing comes of the investigation.
Yesterday it was announced that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the largest global funder of breast cancer research, has restructured its grant criteria in a way that will effectively defund Planned Parenthood. For many years pro-life individuals and organizations have asked Komen to stop funding the abortion giant.
Komen will, no doubt, receive many emails denouncing its decision. Komen needs to hear from pro-life people who will applaud its decision.
While there may be other issues we will encourage Komen to address, right now they should be affirmed for defunding Planned Parenthood.
Please encourage your networks to write to firstname.lastname@example.org and say: “Thank you for defunding Planned Parenthood!” It’’s that simple!
Expressions of thanks from you and those in your network will help to ensure more positive changes at Komen in the future.
This will make a huge difference.
Sincerely in Christ,