Earlier this year, pro-lifers rejoiced when The Susan G. Komen Foundation said that they would sever ties with Planned Parenthood, leaving them without the roughly $680,000 given to them by Komen in 2011.
This decision was made because Planned Parenthood did not meet Komen’s new criteria barring funds to groups under investigation by Congress. Many were happy with this decision, for reasons other than pro-life affiliations or concern about congressional investigations. One reason some were supportive is the issue that Planned Parenthood does not seem to perform mammograms themselves, but simply to act as a referral service. Another point of concern is the “ABC Link,” which connects abortion to an increased risk of breast cancer.
Between these two issues, Komen had been getting pressure from many to stop funding Planned Parenthood, but to increase funding to many organizations with missions more closely aligned with their own mission. After their decision not to fund Planned Parenthood, many people made first-time donations to Komen based on this decision. People went out in droves to buy pink items to demonstrate support for Komen. Too bad it’s too late to return their purchases.
That’s right, The Komen Foundation is back to funding Planned Parenthood, with nearly the same number of grants in 2012 as in 2011, although the amount of money is not yet available.
“We know that people have been upset and concerned about recent events,” spokeswoman Leslie Aun said. “We’ve acknowledged our missteps and apologized. People need to know that we have not and never will walk away from women in need. There is no one filling the gap in services the way that Komen is.”
It’s truly unfortunate that Komen feels that diverting funds to groups that better fit their priorities was a misstep. It’s too bad they chose to back down against the media onslaught. I’m glad I waited to see how everything would shake out before I went on a pink shopping spree. I’ll continue to support breast cancer research through other organizations.