Komen Reinstates Planned Parenthood Funding

Two months after creating one of the greatest brand collapses of our day, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure has quietly resumed funding for Planned Parenthood.

On Friday Komen announced that its local chapters have awarded grants to at least 17 Planned Parenthood affiliates for breast-cancer screenings and breast-health services for the coming fiscal year. The grants are reportedly comparable in number and dollar value to what Planned Parenthood received last year.

For context, last year Komen awarded $680,000 in grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates which helped about 170,000 women, most of them low-income and in areas with few if any clinics accessible to them.

Planned Parenthood welcomed the funding and the chance to repair the relationship with Komen. “Planned Parenthood affiliates are grateful for the grants that provide important funding for breast health care,” Planned Parenthood’s communications vice president Eric Ferrero said in a statement.

Since its very public and political break with Planned Parenthood earlier in the year Komen has struggled raising money. The original decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood came after consistent pressure from anti-abortion activists, including the Catholic Bishops.

Making sure all women have access to affordable cancer screening is a critical public health need and this is a step in the right direction. But the unending politicization of the services Planned Parenthood provides assures this is an issue that is not going away anytime soon.

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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Too little, too late. And only because the donors dried out.

Shelly Peterson
Shelly Peterson5 years ago

This issue may not be going away soon...and neither are we with our petitions!!

Robert P.
Robert P5 years ago

Komen is all about the money. The head of Komen makes over 450 thousand dollars a year and it is estimated that only about 15 cents of every dollar goes to research, and research that is only aimed at patentable, highly profitable cures. And why the cure and not the cause. Because there is no profit in prevention. They have begged for money for over 25 years and still no cure, and they will never finde one because then they would be out of a job.. It angers me that they take advantage of all the good hearted people doing the runs and the hard work while they take in huge sums of money and pay themselves with the money meant for breast cancer research.

Arild Warud

Good to see that they corrected their errors.

Richard B.
Richard B5 years ago

I'll bet they haven't learned anything from this. If they try the PP thing again, they'll get their butt kicked again.

Linda T.
Linda T5 years ago

I'm sorry but I have little trust in this organization after they used Planned Parenthood as a political football.

Teresa E.
Teresa E5 years ago

I wonder what the executives at planned parenthood make for there salaries.

Herb L.
Herbert Low5 years ago

As a male blessed with a with a very intelligent and non-pushy wife, I applaude the women of integrity that have withheld funds and caused Komen to rethink the agenda that drifted to the frozen minded right wing. God Lord, WOMEN CAN THINK!!! You all have choices and are free to exercise them in a hard fought battle gained over generations of ignorance and despotism by men. I assure you, not all men are dispassionate to your wider vision of womanhood. Keep it up and God Speed. Herb

Joan-Chamonix B.
Joan B5 years ago

I worship as a Catholic, but I am 100% pro-choice, including a women's right to choose abortion. Although I love many things about the Catholic religion, it is primarily run by white, older, celibate men whose living expenses are provided by the church, and they have absolutely no real, practical understanding of heterosexual sexuality, reproduction (aside from the biological basics), and refuse to acknowlege the incredibly detrimental effect that large numbers of unwanted children can have on society's quality of life. They also have absolutely no right trying to also force their religious beliefs about contraception and abortion on those who are not Catholics.

The Catholic Bishops need to restrict their outreach efforts to spiritual matters of their flock, and not the biological rights of a gender that they won't even allow to be either priests or bishops. Perhaps if they stayed out of politics, they could use the time they save on dealing with the pedophilia within it's own institution.

bindy Hopper
bindy hopper5 years ago

"in trouble with the law" -Sharon, Planned parenthood does nothing illegal- they provide medical coverage and advice for poor women. What a draconian view you have of the law! I hope you are not a healthcare provider in any capacity.