Monday, October 24, 2011

Susan G. Komen Funding Planned Parenthood?

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Almost everyone in America knows a woman who has had breast cancer, so when an organization like Susan G. Komen for the Cure conducts fundraisers for the "Cure," it is tough to say "no." And most people don't say no.

However, if Komen's mission is to fund research to cure breast cancer, why do they send huge sums of money to Planned Parenthood?

It isn't for mammograms, Planned Parenthood, the public has discovered, doesn't do mammograms.

So, where does the money from Komen for the Cure go when given to Planned Parenthood?

Carol Tobias, President of National Right To Life, explains it all.

This is something every pro-life person should know.

A personal note: Good to see you at the Marriage Conference this past Saturday. Thanks for coming.

National Right to Life President Carol Tobias notes that Komen for the Cure is intimately tied to the abortion industry . . .
October 18th, 2011 Carol Tobias

Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood

According to the Centers for Disease Control, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, aside from non-melanoma skin cancer. In 2007, the most recent year numbers are available, 202,964 American women were diagnosed with breast cancer — and 40,598 women died from it.

Almost everyone in America knows a woman who has had breast cancer. Some of those beloved friends and family members may have died from it. So when an organization like Susan G. Komen for the Cure conducts fundraising projects for research, it’s difficult to say no. We’re encouraged to help by buying a certain brand of yogurt or a certain soft drink. Pink ribbons pop up on products everywhere. We can buy items we would normally buy and feel good about helping find a cure.

So if Komen’s mission is to find a cure for breast cancer, why are they giving huge sums of money to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider? According to its Form 990, Komen affiliates gave more than $550,000 to affiliates of Planned Parenthood in 2010. A year earlier, they donated over $731,000. Komen says the grants are used to fund breast exams and mammograms. However, numerous reports confirm that Planned Parenthood doesn’t do mammograms. What Planned Parenthood does do is abortion.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America has carefully crafted a public image as a protector of women’s health. PPFA is also the largest abortion chain in America. It is fully in the abortion business and its bottom line depends on performing more and more abortions.

According to PPFA’s 2008-2009 Annual Report, its affiliates performed 332,278 abortions in 2009 — about 27.4% of all abortions performed in the United States. That’s more than double the number that its affiliates performed in 1990, even as the total number of abortions performed in the U.S. dropped 25% during that period.

Planned Parenthood misleadingly claims that abortion represents only three percent of its services. But in order to make abortion seem like a small part of what it does, Planned Parenthood lists every “service” it does equally. If a woman comes in for an abortion, she may also receive a pregnancy test, an Rh-type test, an ultrasound, an antibiotic, a pack of birth control pills, and “other tests as needed.” So, statistically, the abortion is dwarfed by the five or six other services provided, even though the abortion is the reason the woman came to Planned Parenthood.

In fact, 12% of its clients receive abortion services, according to a February 2011 Planned Parenthood factsheet. Therefore, nearly one out of every eight women walking through the door of a Planned Parenthood clinic has an abortion. Of the services Planned Parenthood reported that would have involved pregnant women (abortion, prenatal care, adoption referrals), 97.6% were for abortion.

Planned Parenthood often argues that increased funding will enable it to reduce the number of abortions, but its own annual reports don’t seem to show that. It has an annual income of more than $1 billion. Roughly a third of that comes from federal, state and local governments. Its government funding has increased steadily over the past several years, more than doubling since 1998. But abortions done at Planned Parenthood have not gone down. In fact, they have increased dramatically during that same period, rising at a rate that very nearly matches the rate of those funding increases.

Revenue Planned Parenthood receives in “Government Grants and Contracts” has gone from $165 million in 1998 to $363.3 million in the organization’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2009. During the same time, and at roughly the same rate, abortions have more than doubled at Planned Parenthood — from 165,509 in 1998 to 332,278 in 2009.

Considering all the money that Planned Parenthood takes in, why in the world would Komen divert money that could be put toward breast cancer research to this abortion behemoth? Federal government grants to PPFA are, by law, not allowed to pay for abortion per se, but the money is certainly used to build infrastructure and promote the organization. Komen, too, says the funds it gives PPFA are not used for abortion, but it helps to bring new clients through the door.

Komen’s support of the nation’s largest abortion provider is ironic in that, while Komen works to find a cure for breast cancer, Planned Parenthood is providing a “service” that contributes to the increase of breast cancer. There is a substantial body of evidence to show that getting an abortion increases the risk of breast cancer. Joel Brind, Ph.D., one of the foremost researchers to make the abortion-breast-cancer link, estimates that upwards of 10,000 cases of breast cancer each year are attributable to induced abortion.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure has created the public image of an organization doing good. Unfortunately, when you think Komen, you have to also think Planned Parenthood; and when you think Planned Parenthood, you have to think abortion.

Editor’s note. This appears in the October issue of Legatus magazine and is reprinted with permission.


  1. Very unfortunate and misleading. Thanks Gary.

  2. I am angry, realizing I have been deceived into supporting a "wonderful" organization, only to discover that it supports the abortion industry. Deceived in Oregon City

  3. "It isn't for mammograms, Planned Parenthood, the public has discovered, doesn't do mammograms."

    Once again, you choose to mislead and misrepresent by using a technicality? Pathetic.

    Saying that PP doesn't provide mammograms is like saying that my doctor doesn't provide CT scans because he doesn't have the machine in his office.

    If my doctor determines that a CT Scan is in order, he'll arrange it. Just as when PP determines a mammogram is in order, they'll arrange it.

    The big difference is that I'll be on the hook for payment for my scan. Women who couldn't afford a mammogram can now get one in addition to other women's health services at Planned Parenthood thanks to the support from organizations like Komen.

    Mark in Tigard

  4. Hey Mark. Planned Parenthood once failed to perform an abortion on a pregnant woman. I suppose you would say they are also pro-life.

  5. @7:48 AM

    You're right, this post is very misleading, and that is unfortunate. That is par for the course with Mr Randall though.

  6. By the way, when are we going to see the results of that marriage poll?

  7. The marriage poll was posted quite some time ago.

  8. Oh yes. Mr.Randall is very misleading, that's why he always links his sources. Can't you do better than that like saying you don't agree with him or something?

  9. 5:05pm

    Posting the sources only gives the appearance of honesty. It's been documented countless times on this blog when Gary's posted links actually tell the opposite story he would have you believe.

    He does this misrepresentation intentionally knowing that his followers will never actually investigate the links. He also realizes that when people like me point out his errors, it just drives his followers deeper under his control with their hands firmly over their ears.

    For example, it has been thoroughly documented that when women use PP for cancer screening, if they need a mammogram, they get a mammogram even if it's scheduled elsewhere. And because they get the mammogram by using PP services, they get it at a price affordable for them regardless of their financial status.

    Yet Gary clearly implies that the whole mammogram screening is a scam. They don't do them, he says. If I only read his blog, that's all I would know of the matter and I would be seriously misinformed as to the health services these women actually receive.

    Pathetically, his misrepresentations are not by accident.

    Mark in Tigard

  10. Shhhhhhhhhhhh. Gary, Don't let the secret out. Birth control pills and abortion are leading contributors to breast cancer. They don't want people catching on to the racket they have created.

  11. Gary said they (PP) don't do mammograms, with which you just agreed. He never said they did or didn't do referalls. The 3% is a lie, that's all.

  12. 9:17am

    He said "..why do they send huge sums of money to Planned Parenthood? It isn't for mammograms, Planned Parenthood, the public has discovered, doesn't do mammograms. So, where does the money from Komen for the Cure go?"

    The implication is that the money is going toward abortion since PP doesn't do mammograms. FALSE!!!!

    They refer the mammograms when necessary and pay for them with the donated money. He implies that PP is collecting the money under false pretenses, because, after all, PP doesn't do mammograms.

    False witness. Typical.

  13. Talk about being deceptive with technicalities. You guys are ridiculous. PP is an incredibly evil organization. ASK THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LEFT. You guys wouldn't believe God himself if you was in front of you. Sheesh. There are so many people who have left PP and told the truth even when attacked.

  14. 9:39pm

    Interesting, you acknowledge that Gary is deceptive with technicalities. You don't defend him, you just say that PP supporters are WORSE. Of course, with no specifics to support your claim of evilness.


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