Buckling under pressure from anti-choice organizations, the Susan G. Komen Foundation is halting their financial support to Planned Parenthood. This change will cost Planned Parenthood hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly for breast exams, according to the AP.
Last year, Planned Parenthood received nearly $700,000 for breast exams and related breast health services. They are now scrambling to replace that money so that the women they serve won’t o without potentially life-saving medical care.
The abrupt halt in funding stems from a congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood for possible funding abuses. The investigation is widely seen as a spurious political ploy.
Spearheaded by a conservative congressman acting on information provided by an anti-choice organization, the open-ended investigation demands a decade’s worth of financial documents from Planned Parenthood in the hopes of finding some kind of misuse of federal funds.
The Komen foundation insists they’re not accusing Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing. They told the AP:
“We want to maintain a positive relationship with them,” she said. “We’re not making any judgment.”
Withdrawing major funding isn’t a great way to make friends, though. Planned Parenthood is reeling from this, and many of it’s supporters are rightly angry. As one of my colleagues pointed out, abortions account for less than 3 percent of what Planned Parenthood does. Withdrawing funding from this organization that provides lifesaving health care to women isn’t a very pro-life thing to do.
The grants from Komen were being used for breast health, not abortion services. Now that money will have to come from somewhere else, and until it does, women who need it will go without healthcare. Nice work, anti-choicers! You’ve successfully prevented marginalized women from getting screened for cancer. That’s right in line with your “pro-life” stance, right?
What do you think? Should Komen resinstate Planned Parenthood’s funding?