Friday, 3 February 2012

Breast Cancer Charity Pulls Funding from Planned Parenthood

Courtesy of Tim Stanley of The Telegraph

'The breast cancer charity Susan G Komen for the Cure will no longer be awarding grants to the abortion provider Planned Parenthood. This is a sad story because it has injected the culture war into charitable giving in a way that will have terrible long term consequences. But Komen’s decision was inevitable and correct. You might call it a “morally necessary termination.”

Logistically, Komen is no great loss to Planned Parenthood. They donated $700,000 last year, a grand total of 0.058 percent of Planned Parenthood's annual revenue. This is nothing compared to the $360 million that the US government gives the organisation every year (33 percent of their total budget). By the way, many branches of the Girl Scouts are donors, too – something that Democratic Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi describes as a “very valuable” relationship. Indeed it is. In return, Planned Parenthood has distributed a pamphlet among Girl Scouts called, “Happy, Healthy and Hot.” This section seems particularly valuable: “Play with yourself! Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating. Mix things up by using different kinds of touch from very soft to hard. Talk about or act out your fantasies. Talk dirty to them.” Will the Girl Scouts be designing a badge for this, I wonder?

But even if Komen’s withdrawal doesn’t make a big financial impact, it has been a PR nightmare for everyone involved. Komen’s efforts to keep its move quiet proved to be a mistake; by not making a public statement for 24 hours it allowed speculation as to its true motives to run rife. Two theories emerged – both incredibly damaging to Planned Parenthood. The first was that Komen had wised up to the relationship between abortion and breast cancer. There is no direct, medically proven link between the two, but a woman who undergoes a termination procedure is statistically 40 percent more likely to develop breast cancer later in life. Komen regards the link as pure hypothesis. Nonetheless, the prolife groups that insist it is real have gained some precious exposure.'
[Full article here...]'

UPDATE: Komen have reversed their decision. Strange...


Mike said...

It's actually worse than it might appear. Not only is PP getting its funding back but some wealthy American has promised a very large sum of money to PP when it appeared that they were no longer to be funded by Komen. PP claim that they have already raised in extra donations what they had 'lost' from Komen.

On the side of the angels said...

Latest: Komen has will continue to fund PP

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