Race For The Money
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization recently stopped donating money to Planned Parenthood. The organization’s statment read as such:
We are dismayed and extremely disappointed that actions we have taken to strengthen our granting process have been widely mischaracterized. It is necessary to set the record straight.
Starting in 2010, Komen began an initiative to help us do a better job of measuring the impact of community grants. This is important because we invest significant dollars in our local community programs–$93 million in 2011, which provided for 700,000 breast health screenings and diagnostic procedures.
Following this review, we made the decision to implement stronger performance criteria for our grantees to minimize duplication and free up dollars for direct services to help vulnerable women. To support this new granting strategy, Komen has also implemented more stringent eligibility standards to safeguard donor dollars. Consequently, some organizations are no longer eligible to receive Komen grants.
Some might argue that our standards are too exacting, but over the past three decades people have given us more than just their money. They have given us their trust and we take that responsibility very seriously.
We regret that these new policies have impacted some longstanding grantees, such as Planned Parenthood, but want to be absolutely clear that our grant-making decisions are not about politics. Throughout our 30 year history, our priority has always been and will continue to be the women we serve. As we move forward, we are working to ensure that there is no interruption or gaps in services for the women who need our support most in the fight against breast cancer.
Planned Parenthood sent a response in a fundraising email. It reads:
This is for all the anti-choice, anti-women people out there.
You can spend every minute of every day trying to force the rest of us to live by your ideology. You can go after federal funds for health care and pressure private organizations like the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to stop funding breast cancer screenings for poor women. You can try to make it impossible to get birth control.
But you know what you can’t do? You can’t win. You can’t break us. Planned Parenthood isn’t just a family of organizations. It’s a movement. It’s women and men of all ages who believe that health care — including reproductive health care — is a basic human right. We are millions strong. We are everywhere. We act, we give, and we do whatever it takes to make sure that Planned Parenthood is there for the women, men, and teens who rely on them.
Know this: When you go after Planned Parenthood and the people they serve, you go after ME. I stand with Planned Parenthood. I stand with them against anyone who wants to stop women from receiving the health care they need. I stand with them today, tomorrow, and for as long as I need to.
So Susan G. Komen for the Cure is catching flak because they don’t want to donate to an organization that is under federal investigation for using taxpayer money to preform abortions…
Help me out with this one… now the left is telling organizations what they HAVE to do with THEIR OWN money. I’m sure there are other organizations out there, ones that don’t perform abortions, that will help women get the cancer screenings they need.
On the same subject, it makes me sick to see women belittle other women on this issue. I’ve recently seen posts on Facebook where women were calling women who don’t support abortion misogynistic, as if supporting the life of a child means you hate and distrust women.
The phrase “anti-choice” was used as a slur. Those who are against abortion embrace the phrase, because the choice is between life and death. I could use the word “anti-life” or how about “pro-death” to describe them, but that would of course not get us anywhere.
Religion doesn’t even enter into it, as those on the left often claim is the only reason to be against abortion. If a person willingly kills a woman who is pregnant, legally it is considered double homicide. If that child is willingly killed by it’s mother choice, then somehow it’s not murder, it’s medicine?
Choice is the important word here, as it was choice that started all this. The choice to have sex in the first place without the willingness to accept the repercussions of that choice is at the very heart of the matter.
I understand there are times when choice isn’t involved, like rape or medical complications that could harm or kill the mother – but shouldn’t a parent do anything for their child, even if it means putting their life on the line? Still, in those rare instances, I understand the medical reasons for having an abortion.
Raging against Komen shows the immaturity level of leftists, who only care about themselves and their “reproductive rights”. Just like so much about the left, it’s all me, me, me…
I sleep very well at night on this side of the abortion debate…
***UPDATE*** Komen caves in to leftist political pressure. Here is their post:
Statement from Susan G. Komen Board of Directors and Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker
We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.
The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.
Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.
Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.
It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics.
Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.
We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.
In the end, if Planned Parenthood is found to have used taxpayer monies for abortions, I hope Komen will do the right thing and withdraw funding… again.