Planned Parenthood Sees Huge Increase In Donations After Komen Decision

Can it be that something good is emerging from the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood?

The answer is a resounding YES!

Donors Contributed $650,000 In 24 Hours

In response to that decision, donors contributed $650,000 in 24 hours, nearly enough to replace last year’s Komen funding, Planned Parenthood executives said Wednesday. (The Komen Foundation grants to Planned Parenthood totaled about $680,000 last year and $580,000 the year before, with that money mainly going to breast-cancer screening and other breast-health services. Translated to actual women’s lives, it looks like this: almost 170,000 clinical breast exams and more than 6,400 mammograms.)

From The Washington Post:

The organization had raised more than $400,000 from more than 6,000 online donors as of Wednesday afternoon, compared with the 100 to 200 donations it receives on an average day, said Tait Sye, a spokesman for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He said donations were still coming in.

The group also launched a Breast Health Emergency Fund to ensure funding to affiliates that will lose their Komen grants. That fund received a $250,000 gift from the family foundation of Dallas philanthropist Lee Fikes and his wife, Amy.

“People respond powerfully when they see politics interfering with women’s health,” Sye said. “That’s why we’ve seen a tremendous outpouring of support.”

Judy Blume On Twitter

Other responses have been coming in fast and furious. Judy Blume posted this on Twitter: Susan Komen would not give in to bullies or to fear. Too bad the foundation bearing her name did.

Planned Parenthood allies took to Komen’s Facebook page and online message boards to express their frustration. Some started Facebook groups with titles such as “Defund the Komen Foundation” and “Stop the Susan G Komen Fdn’s Race Against Planned Parenthood.”

For my part, as someone who has proudly taken part in the Komen Race for the Cure for three years, I created a petition urging the Komen Foundation not to abandon women in need.

And it does seem likely that the Komen Foundation’s decision will threaten the Race for the Cure, one of its most effective fundraising events – an annual series of walks, jogs and runs.

Outpouring Of Negative Comment

On blogs, Facebook and Twitter, the outpouring of mainly negative comment has made it plain that the fundraising events, which helped boost morale as well as raise money, could face a publicity problem. Millions of people participate in the races, which range from a one-mile loop to three days of walking.

Planned Parenthood said the fund cutoff is the result of Komen bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists. Komen also hired a vice president last year, Karen Handel, who had previously advocated for the group’s defunding in her run for Georgia governor.

“Highest Priority Is Serving Women”

On the Komen Foundation’s Facebook page, a statement said that its highest priority is serving women and that it would work to ensure no gaps in service for women who need breast health screening and services.

They certainly don’t seem to be serving women at all by taking away funding from Planned Parenthood, so a big shout-out to all those donors who are angry at politics interfering yet again with women’s health, and have rushed to contribute.

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SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

Great news.

Zana Zatanique
Jan Alexanian6 years ago

I have a feeling the Komen Foundation may never recover from this scandal.

I am heartened to see the groundswell of support for Planned Parenthood. Universal healthcare for women, men and children should be a right not a privilege of only a few.

John Z.
John Z6 years ago

continued . . . .

Gone, appear to be the days where what is good for God, for the country, for civilisation, for our descendants are motivational factors in policy and position. Today, what is good for “me” and “now” seem to be the emerging panic “values”, which can distort any reality to that end, and have replaced the “virtues” of patience, longsuffering, charity, selflessness and their pursuit of what is true, noble, honest and holy.

There is a lack of purity of intention here along with the moral courage to take a stand and to stick to it. Thus corruption, dishonesty, contraception, abortion, euthanasia and so many other crimes against God and man are tolerated and promulgated.

John Z.
John Z6 years ago

With, by today’s standards, a large family, there are numerous pink items in our home.

A quick read of various commentaries on this issue seems to indicate that nothing has changed within this issue other than a few minor policy terms drafted to defuse an alarming escalation. I hope these results to be the case and if so, will continue to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

If the alternative holds to be true, I am not surprised, nor scandalised. At one time, the west, from top to bottom, attempted to gear their policy and decision by what was true, noble, honest and holy, for the glory of God.

Today, the west has become nations of flip floppers, oriented to tickling ears of each passing fancy and in so doing risk loosing what are true, noble, honest and holy; all seemingly forgotten “virtues” that have been replaced by individual “values”.

Perhaps this is the crux of the problem. At one time, a Theo centric oriented west attempted to live by the Commandments and Golden Rule. Today, anthropocentric oriented west appears to be “me” focused with perhaps, rampant individualism being the hidden motivational factor.

Gone, appear to be the days where what is good for God, for the country, for civilisation, for our descendants are motivational factors in policy and position. Today, what is good for “me” and “now” seem to be the emerging panic “values”, which can distort any reality to that end, and

annelies j.
annelies j6 years ago

Anyone else wonder what Susan Komen herself would think of any of this? She died from cancer. Which one has provided more advances in medicine, science (yes, this does include stem cell research!) or a prayer?

Deborah D.
Deborah D6 years ago

It is narrow minded to think Planned Parenhood is only
involved in providing abortions.
Right wing convervatives would like us to think just this.
In actuality, Planned Parenthood serves women in
so many different ways. We need them and their
continued support for women and their health care.

Karin B.
Karin B6 years ago

I think it is time for the Komen Foundation to be forced to either change course or close its doors. The Komen people lost my support the year they accepted major funding from KFC and passed out fried chicken in pink buckets. Since research has shown that fried foods are a contributor to cancer, this decision showed that the Komen people are not interested in curing anything; it's all about money. Next, the Komen people from the Philadelphia affiliate teamed up with Dietz and Watson, a company that produces all manner of cured and smoked meats and meat products. Here again, research has shown that the higher the meat intake the greater the risk of getting cancer. I could go on and on and on, but it's a complete waste of time.

paula eaton
paula eaton6 years ago

Good news

Arild Warud

Good news,thanks.

John Z.
John Z6 years ago

Thanks Marianne, the truth of what is going on should be apparent to all soon.