Planned Parenthood’s Official Statement Regarding Komen’s Decision


by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

“The outpouring of support for women in need of lifesaving breast cancer screening this week has been astonishing and is a testament to our nation’s compassion and sincerity.

“During the last week, millions spontaneously joined a national conversation about lifesaving breast cancer prevention care and reinforced shared values about access to health care for all.  This compassionate outcry in support of those most in need rose above political, ideological, and cultural divides, and will surely be recognized as one of our nation’s better moments during a contentious political time.  Planned Parenthood thanks each and every person who has contributed to elevating the importance of breast cancer prevention for so many women in need.

“In recent weeks, the treasured relationship between the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and Planned Parenthood has been challenged, and we are now heartened that we can continue to work in partnership toward our shared commitment to breast health for the most underserved women.  We are enormously grateful that the Komen Foundation has clarified its grantmaking criteria, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Komen partners, leaders and volunteers.  What these past few days have demonstrated is the deep resolve all Americans share in the fight against cancer, and we honor those who are at the helm of this battle.

“Planned Parenthood has been a trusted partner with the Komen Foundation in early cancer detection and prevention services.  In particular, Planned Parenthood helps the Komen Foundation reach vulnerable populations — low-income women, African-American women, and Latinas — especially in rural areas and underserved communities where Planned Parenthood health centers are their only source of health care.  With Komen Foundation grants, over the past five years, Planned Parenthood health centers provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and more than 6,400 mammogram referrals.  With the outpouring of support over the past week, even more women in need will receive lifesaving breast cancer care.”


Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate. We believe that everyone has the right to choose when or whether to have a child, and that every child should be wanted and loved. Planned Parenthood affiliates operate nearly 800 health centers nationwide, providing medical services and sexuality education for millions of women, men, and teenagers each year. We also work with allies worldwide to ensure that all women and men have the right and the means to meet their sexual and reproductive health care needs.


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Photo from David Shankbone via flickr


Debbie Crowe
Debbie Crowe5 years ago

Cecile was too nice in her statement. I would have said completely different things (LOL).

J.L. A.
JL A6 years ago

Yes, very gracious.

Joe R.
Joe R6 years ago

You are very gracious Cecile. I, myself, remain leery and unforgiving of this right-wing foundation. I'm glad they finally showed their true colors.

Brian M.
Past Member 6 years ago

Too little, too late. The Komen foundation can wither and die. There are other anti-cancer charities.

Danuta Watola
Danuta W6 years ago

Thanks fore the article.

John Z.
John Z6 years ago

(ooops) 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

Ken Vanstory
Ken Vanstory6 years ago

Thanks to the influence of the Ari Fleishers and Karen Handels the Susan G. Komen Foundation has established itself as a political organization with a right wing agenda. I would make the suggestion that it's tax exempt status be reviewed...

Jim Richards
Jim Richards6 years ago

Too little too late ...

Megan S.
Megan S6 years ago

I don't like all of this breast-cancer research and awareness and propaganda. I feel it's so unnecessary. Sunshine, diet, and lifestyle (avoiding plastics included!!) will almost ensure you will never get cancer.
Unless at serioues risk, I think a healthy lifestlye will suffice...

joe M.
joe MARTINEZ6 years ago

Portland: Why ? they allowed the organization to be politicized now they must suffer the consequence as demonstrated by the high numbers that shifted their donation directly to PP. My wife for one is doing the same, in her words," screw them my donation will now go directly to PP''.