Susan G. Komen for the Cure, formerly known as The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, often referred to as simply Komen, is the most widely known, largest and best-funded breast cancer organization in the US. The foundation is under a lot of media attention lately for pulling out from a major funding. Quite surprisingly, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has announced that it will not be funding Planned Parenthood, the country's biggest health care provider for women and this news has created a stir amongst social activists and media.
Susan G. Komen Foundation happens to be the largest private breast cancer research group in the nation and sponsor of several 5K and 10K charity runs in the Southland. This decision will have grave repercussions for Planned Parenthood. Solinda Vasquez of Planned Parenthood told NBC 4 talked about this unfortunate development. She said, “It is going to have a devastating impact on the services that women and families receive”
Komen grants to Planned Parenthood totaled about $680,000 last year and $580,000 the year before, according to the Associated Press. That money was allocated to 19 of its affiliated for breast-cancer screening and other breast-health services.
There were rumors that Planned Parenthood invests in abortion services and this could also be a reason behind pulling out the funding. However Planned Parenthood confirmed that it spends a meager amount in that domain and most of the budget is used for sexually transmitted diseases.
Most critics of this funding back out are condemning the decision. Apparently Susan G. Komen has recently appointed their new vice president who has stated her opposition to abortion. The vice president, Karen Handel had once talked about her issues against Planned Parenthood in 2010. The same issues could be a contention that has led to this fiasco. Susan G. Komen for the Cure refuses to renew the funding proposal.
The blogger community is writing about this issue extensively. One of the bloggers posted the following comment “Unless they are putting all that money into finding that cure for breast cancer they’ve been chasing all these years, the practical effect of this action is to deny women the ability to get screened for breast cancer – women who have nothing to do with this ideological fight over abortion and who would probably gladly go somewhere besides Planned Parenthood to get tested if they had the means”