Susan G. Komen Foundation, one of the most respected and successful organizations pioneering the fight against breast cancer, has come under serious controversy after attempting to cut their ties (and more importantly, funds) to Planned Parenthood and their work to provide efficient cancer screenings to individuals who lack money/resources to get one.
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Reports began surfacing Tuesday that the Susan G. Komen Foundation was no longer going to provide financial support to Planned Parenthood and their . While the finer details of the reasoning are murky, Planned Parenthood believed this decision was driven by political pressures since Conservatives have been fighting against female reproductive rights since Roe vs. Wade.
Millions of individuals worldwide took it on as their personal mission to post, e-mail, fights and protests amongst all different platforms. Planned Parenthood probably saw the highest numbers in donations ever during this time (including NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who donated $250,000 after the announcement.)
We find ourselves to this morning, where the Foundation has announced that they will cotninue financial support to Planned Parenthood. The following announcement was spoken by President Cecile Richards:
“In recent weeks, the treasured relationship between the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and Planned Parenthood has been challenged, and we are now heartened that we can continue to work in partnership toward our shared commitment to breast health for the most underserved women. We are enormously grateful that the Komen Foundation has clarified its grantmaking criteria, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Komen partners, leaders and volunteers. What these past few days have demonstrated is the deep resolve all Americans share in the fight against cancer, and we honor those who are at the helm of this battle.”
Although it seems that the relationship has been restored, this will definitely put a bad taste in women and liberal activists’ mouths. There are many details to support that this situation was motivated by conservative individuals at the top of the Komen Foundation food chain who are connected to conservative politicians.
My hope is that we can all move past the issue and get back to the important matters: thousands of lives have been saved by this relationship and it should continue this way with the support of both sides.
CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57371169-503544/susan-g-komen-reverses-course-will-keep-funding-planned-parenthood/
Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2012/0203/Susan-G.-Komen-Foundation-relents-Planned-Parenthood-grants-restored-video
Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02/susan-g-komen-foundation-website-hacked-planned-parenthood_n_1250647.html
LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-komen-backlash-20120203,0,693195.story