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Komen Foundation, for shame

Nationwide, Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses provide nearly 750,000 breast cancer screenings annually, offering risk assessments, breast exams, breast health information and education, and diagnostic and surgical referrals. Over the past five years, Planned Parenthood health centers have conducted nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams with funds from Komen, out of a total of more than four million clinical breast exams performed nationwide by Planned Parenthood clinics. Komen grants also supported more than 6,400 out of 70,000 mammogram referrals made by Planned Parenthood. These are affiliate-to-affiliate grants between Komen and Planned Parenthood sister organizations at the state level.

from an article on commondreams.org

However, The Susan G Komen Foundation has announced that it’s yanking all breast cancer screening funding from Planned Parenthood. As they see it, they “cannot fund an agency that’s currently under government investigation.” Might as well come out with the real reason: It’s an election year and they’re bowing down to conservative pressure because some Planned Parenthood affiliates perform abortions.

First off, not all affiliates perform abortions. In my area, none perform that procedure. What they do instead is provide gynecological services to low income women who would otherwise not be able to afford such procedures. Breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings, birth control… those are the services that are most sought after. Without the funding Komen provides, Planned Parenthood will have to find other means of funding to keep providing breast cancer screenings.

It makes me sad that an entity that is supposed to be all about raising money for breast cancer research will put politics before health. I’ve given a lot of money over the years to different Komen Race for the Cures and other Komen-related fundraising events, but not anymore. I started doing this to honor my aunt who died from breast cancer some years back (Aunt Alicia, RIP), but I’m sure she won’t mind if I donate to other sources from here on out.

More on who’s behind the controversy over at Komen.

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