UPDATED: In what has been talked about behind the scenes, the Susan G. Komen Foundation today announced it will no longer fund the nation's largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.
Citing the federal investigation of Planned Parenthood, as well as funding criteria changes, as the reason for the cutoff, Komen says it will no longer give money to the abortion provider. So far no statement has been made on if funding will continue if the investigation clears Planned Parenthood, but it looks unlikley from what is being reported thus far.
Although much criticism is being railed by pro-choice people by the decision because the money was for "breast cancer screenings," it’s vitally important to remember that Planned Parenthood does not, in any case, provide mammograms, and the only breast cancer screening it can give is the same one a woman can do at home alone. Thus, it had to refer people out for any substantial screening that actually helped a woman. This cut, which we hope is permanent, means that Komen can give its money to other places that can provide those screenings even faster. Fox News reports:
Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aunt said the cutoff results from the charity's newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. According to Komen, this applies to Planned Parenthood because it's the focus of an inquiry launched by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., seeking to determine whether public money was improperly spent on abortions.
Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Richards immediately issued a letter to supporters saying how disappointed she was and soliciting money from them—though for what it’s hard to tell since they don’t actually provide cancer help anyway.
Life Decisions International includes Komen on its "boycott list" of companies and organizations that support or collaborate with Planned Parenthood. In December, Lifeway Christian Resources, the publishing division of the Southern Baptist Convention announced a recall of pink Bibles it had sold because some of the money generated for Komen was being routed to Planned Parenthood.
Aun, the Komen spokeswoman, said such pressure tactics were not the reason for the funding cutoff and cited Stearns' House investigation as a key factor.
If you recall, we first broke the Komen Bible story here at Bound4LIFE, as well as the wise and admirable decision by LifeWay to pull that funding and stop press. We have covered the constant funding of the abortion provider for several years, along with many other pro-life agencies. Though Komen says these public criticisms are not a factor in their choice to stop funding Planned Parenthood, it’s hard to believe that the pressure didn’t impact the decision
Let’s rejoice but let’s not stop praying that this decision will remain. And while Komen officials state they want to keep a "positive relationship" with Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood has not been quiet about its displeasure. Cover Komen in prayer as well. It's difficult in this pro-abortion culture to take a pro-life stand and endure the ire of the masses.
Pray for this to be permanent; pray the truth behind the abortion industry is exposed in this congressional investigation—and thank Komen, as well. If the public support is higher for cutting support than not, Komen is unlikely to return to it.
Komen made the right decision, especially since Planned Parenthood has not provided a single mammogram for women. We hope now that money will be filtered to non-profits that actually do help women directly, and not by using the nation’s largest abortion provider as the intermediary.