The Abortion Mob at Work: Komen’s Mea Culpa Isn’t Good Enough for Jezebel

Today at the Wall Street Journal, James Taranto writes that giving money to Planned Parenthood is similar to a mob protection racket: “nice charity you’ve got there. It’d be a shame if anything happened to it.” But unlike organized crime, Planned Parenthood has a vast army of pro-bono lackeys happy to aid in their shakedown of organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation, asking for nothing in return other than the satisfaction of keeping otherwise-legitimate organizations complicit in bloodshed.

Today’s lackey is Erin Gloria Ryan of She writes that Komen’s latest statement clarifying that they’ll still give money to Planned Parenthood just isn’t good enough: Read more The Abortion Mob at Work: Komen’s Mea Culpa Isn’t Good Enough for Jezebel

Komen Reverses Decision To Defund Planned Parenthood

Komen racers gather at event. Photo by by Chris Shaffer.

I was listening to a talk radio show based here in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area this morning. Mark Davis, a North Texas radio staple since the early 90s, was discussing Susan G. Komen’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood. I was trying to call in because no one was mentioning the abortion-breast cancer link, when I got a text telling me Komen had reversed their decision.

Here is some of Komen’s official statement:

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.

“Or is it what is gutless?” asked Mark Davis on the air this morning.

I had planned on saying two things if I managed to get on the air. The first thing: yes, it’s great that Komen defunded Planned Parenthood, but not great that it took a Congressional investigation to make them do it. It makes it seem like they are fleeing from controversy, when what they should be doing is taking a strong stand for women’s health. Planned Parenthood encourages women to make irresponsible, physically damaging decisions, and makes money off those decisions by offering to suck the decisions out of them and dispose them as medical waste. In the process, they mislead women about the fact that their decision is now a living human being.

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The Numbers Don’t Lie: Planned Parenthood, Komen, & Breast Exams

In the last 72 hours we’ve all heard countless times, the claim that Susan G. Komen’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood will mean that women die.

This seemingly genuine, widespread fear has evolved over the last few days, following statements by Planned Parenthood Director, Cecile Richards. On Jan. 31, she penned:

“To ensure that the Komen Foundation’s decision doesn’t jeopardize any woman’s access to lifesaving screenings and services, Planned Parenthood has launched a Breast Health Emergency Fund.”

Enraged at their leader’s dire predictions, Planned Parenthood supporters have taken to the web, making statements such as,


These emotionally-charged statements would be understandable if they were based on facts. However they are not.

According to Planned Parenthood’s own figures,

  • Of the 800,000 breast exams Planned Parenthood does each year, only 34,000 are funded by Susan G. Komen. That’s just 4.25%.
  • Komen funded 700,000 breast exams in 2011. Of these, only an est. 34,000 were done by Planned Parenthood. That’s 4.86%. 34,000 was calculated based on Planned Parenthood’s statement that they had done 170,000 screenings in total over the last five years with Komen money.

What do these percentages mean for women seeking breast exams?

  • Planned Parenthood has lost funding for only 5% of the breast exams they conduct. If Planned Parenthood can genuinely not afford to give this 5% of women breast exams, these women can easily go to another free or low-cost center.
  • Susan G. Komen has not ceased providing funding for the breast exams they were funding Planned Parenthood to carry out (under 5% of the total breast exams Komen funds). Susan G. Komen will instead redirect that funding to other centers that provide breast exams, and that are on the front lines of women’s health care.

Let’s be absolutely clear. The accusation against Susan G. Komen that they will be responsible for jeopardizing women’s access to lifesaving breast exams, or that they will be responsible for women dying due to a breast exam being unavailable are patently unfounded scaremongering.

Susan G. Komen gave Planned Parenthood $680,000 in 2011, and $580,000 in 2010.This breast-cancer prevention funding has not simply vaporized. Sure, Planned Parenthood won’t enjoy it. However alternative, worthy women’s health centers on the front lines will now receive this funding – more likely than not, leading to fewer women dying due to lack of early detection of breast cancer.

Pink Again

October is here again with its little pink ribbons, telling us to give a donation to “Support for the Cure”, “Raise Awareness”, and all the likes of Breast Cancer.

I think you’ve heard enough about the connection between Komen and Planned Parenthood, or how much of the research money goes toward Human Embryonic Stem Research.

You’ve also read enough on how the pill increases a woman’s risk of breast, cervical, endometrial and ovarian cancer.

So, is there a way to be Pro-Life and raise awareness on breast cancer?

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