Charity organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure made a shocking announcement on Tuesday when it announced that Planned Parenthood would no longer receive funding from the society.
In a statement Komen says funds have been pulled because Planned Parenthood is currently under investigation from Congress. However both the left and right understand that the nonsense witch hunt by Rep. Cliff Stearns is likely to turn up nothing. In the meantime Stearns’ has asked that the organization provide more than a decades worth of information which likely means a long investigation lay ahead for Planned Parenthood.
In a more likely scenario the Susan G. Komen society fell to pressure from anti-abortion activists who also often attack Planned Parenthood for providing low-cost contraception and STD prevention and treatment information.
Planned Parenthood used money from the cancer organization to provide breast-cancer screening services, in the meantime Planned Parenthood has setup an emergency fund to keep their breast-cancer screening service moving forward. The family foundation of Dallas oilman/philanthropist Lee Fikes and his wife, Amy immediately donated $250,000 to keep services running over the short-term.
Keeping breast-cancer screening as an active part of the company’s service is important as it has allowed them to tout more than just sex-based services to potential investors, while provided some defense and a little bit of offense against groups that seek to end the organization.
Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America seems baffled by Komen’s decision to halt money for her organization:
“It’s hard to understand how an organization with whom we share a mission of saving women’s lives could have bowed to this kind of bullying,” Richards told The Associated Press. “It’s really hurtful.”
Do you think Susan G. Komen had mad a mistake in pulling funds from Planned Parenthood over a witch hunt investigation that’s likely to go away with no proof of any wrongdoing?