On Monday we told you the news that the Susan G. Komen Foundation decided to cease funding Planned Parenthood.
The backlash over that decision has reached far and wide, with Planned Parenthood raising more than $400,000 in just a few days and people all over the country vowing to discontinue their support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation and place their dollars to support a breast cancer cure elsewhere. The increased donations almost make up for the loss of the grant money the Komen Foundation gave to Planned Parenthood last year.
Many who oppose the Komen Foundation’s move blame it on the founder of the foundation, Komen’s sister Nancy Brinker. According to Jezebel, she is openly Republican and recently hired a Republican politician from Georgia, Karen Handel, as senior vice president of policy. Some believe Brinker and Handel were looking for ways they could cut ties to Planned Parenthood because it provides abortion service. The Atlantic reports that John Hammarley, a former senior communications advisor at Komen, said the organization had, “… caved to pressure from the anti-abortion right.”
Now the Susan G. Komen Foundation is fighting back. The Washington Post reports their statement issued to the media said the organization, “… cut funding to Planned Parenthood after it ‘implemented more stringent eligibility and performance criteria.’ It also said: ‘While it is regrettable when changes in priorities and policies affect any of our grantees, such as a longstanding partner like Planned Parenthood, we must continue to evolve to best meet the needs of the women we serve and most fully advance our mission.’” Other news organizations have indicated one of the reasons Komen ended the grants is because Planned Parenthood is under a Congressional investigation as to whether it has used government funding to provide abortions.
Here is the video featuring Nancy Brinker about why the Susan G. Komen Foundation elected to stop funding Planned Parenthood:
What do you think of her statement? Do you think the Susan G. Komen Foundation should have the right to choose which organizations it funds? Or are you angry and do you plan to stop supporting them>