Breaking: Komen Foundation pulls breast cancer screening funds from Planned Parenthood

What sad and disturbing news. From the Washington Post comes breaking news that will affect hundreds of thousands of dollars in women’s health funding:

“The nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates — creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate, between two iconic organizations that have assisted millions of women.

The change will mean a cutoff of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly for breast exams.” [Emphasis mine.]

The infamous pink Bible “controversy” (in which pink bibles that were being sold to benefit Susan B. Komen for Breast Cancer Awareness were pulled from the shelves because of ties to Planned Parenthood) most likely had a hand in this. Another likely factor? Karen Handel, the new Senior VP of Public Policy at Susan G. Komen, is a staunch anti-choicer, who went so far as to pledge to defund PP’s services when she was running for Governor.

Ugh. What bleak news. It seems the right-wing anti-woman agenda is continuing to creep up on us in new and damaging ways. I hope there will be considerable fallout and will post more updates as they come in.

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Lori Adelman is Executive Director of Partnerships at Feministing, where she enjoys creating and curating content on gender, race, class, technology, and the media. Lori is also an advocacy and communications professional specializing in sexual and reproductive rights and health, and currently works in the Global Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. A graduate of Harvard University, she lives in Brooklyn.

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  • Salena

    Shame on Rep. Cliff Stearns who launched his unfounded investigation into Planned Parenthood, and shame on The Susan G. Komen Foundation for caving to a radical political agenda at the cost of women’s access to healthcare.

  • Claudine

    Indeed, I HOPE there’ll be a fallout about this. It is our responsibility to act on this, to be outraged and to let them know we will not let politics and anti-choice views trump women’s health. At least now women know to which organisation to give. Hint: it’s NOT Susan G. Komen. As for me, I’ve just made a nice donation to Planned Parenthood. Enough with anti-choicers and their attacks on women.

  • Franzia Kafka

    Thanks for the context on Komen’s great new anti-choice staff. :/ I think this calls for some complaint-writing.

    I gotta to be honest that I’m not much of a fan of the Komen Foundation and all their consumerist pink sweatshop-produced shit that they think is supposed to make women feel better and happier about having cancer. It’s nice to promote breast cancer awareness (though recent studies have shown that breast self-exams aren’t even effective, and the American Cancer Society no longer recommends them unless a woman is high-risk), but, beyond that, I think money could be going to more important research work in the field: research for better treatments (they’re currently not that good), and research on breast cancer *causes*, especially chemical and environmental causes (you pretty much don’t hear crap about things like parabens from the Komen Foundation, though there are *constantly* calls for larger health studies on chemicals such as parabens, BPA, PFCs, and pesticides).

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  • Tasha-Rose

    Petition…what’s the point? they are anti-woman and really I’ve thought for a long time that they are simply a marketing scheme with all of the pink ribbon non-sense.

    My Fella’s step mother posted something absurd about “YAY they defunded! There is a link between Breast Cancer and Abortion after all…” I replied fiercely debunking everything she mentioned and informed her that this has NOTHING to do with abortion or the myths surrounding it’s link to breast cacner and EVERYTHING to do with hypocrisy and politics.

    How pro-life is taking a way a life saving screening from a woman who won’t be able to afford it otherwise becuase she has no insurance and can’t get assistance? Sounds SUPER pro-life to me.