Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Hooray for Susan G. Komen!

For some time now, I've been reluctant to give SGK so much as a dime, despite the worthiness of their cause, because I don't want to give money to Planned Barrenhood even indirectly.  (This is why I no longer drink Starbucks'® Fr'appucinos.)

However, as reported in LifeNews last March, PB's "partnership" with SGK has always been misleading.  Many if not most PB clinics don't offer mammograms or screenings.  Former director and now pro-life activist Abby Johnson charges: “For so long PP has touted that they are a provider of mammogram services. This is just one of the lies that Planned Parenthood uses to draw people into their clinics.  PP is not able to provide quality services on their own, so they are forced to lie to the public about services they don’t provide — and mammograms are just one of those services.”  

(In response, Stuart Schear, Vice President for Communications of Planned Parenthood, accused LiveAction of "twisting facts to suit its extreme political agenda," and claimed, "Like the vast majority of primary care physicians and ob-gyns, we refer our patients to other facilities for mammograms when indicated based on a breast exam, age or family history.”)

Yesterday, David Crary of AP broke the news in a predictably biased fashion:

The nation's leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates — creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate, between two iconic organizations that have assisted millions of women.
The change will mean a cutoff of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly for breast exams.
Planned Parenthood says the move results from Komen bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists. Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress — a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups. [Actually, no they didn't. See below for further details.] ...
Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has depicted Stearns' probe as politically motivated and said she was dismayed that it had contributed to Komen's decision to halt the grants to PPFA affiliates.
"It's hard to understand how an organization with whom we share a mission of saving women's lives [bulls***] could have bowed to this kind of bullying," Richards told The Associated Press. "It's really hurtful." ... [Bold font mine.—TL]
Steve Ertelt of LifeNews reports:

Austin Ruse, the president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (CFAM) tells LifeNews that ... the Komen funding is not a temporarily decision based solely on the fact that Planned Parenthood is under investigation at the federal and state level.
He told LifeNews.com that the official Komen statement announcing the decision does not mention that it is conditioned based on the results of the Congressional investigation and that it is a permanent change based on a change in how grants are allocated — pointing to the sentence in the Komen statement saying, “We also implemented more stringent eligibility and performance criteria to support these strategies.
“What you take from the Komen statement is that it is about a change in funding criteria which does not rely on the success or failure of an investigation. You can infer from this that the decision is long-standing and not temporary,” Ruse says. “Pro-lifers should be happy today that Planned Parenthood gets yet another black eye. Susan G. Komen Foundation should be congratulated for making this important decision.”
The key in the Komen decision is the grant criteria it uses to make grants. That has changed from “pass-through” grants, which allowed agencies like Planned Parenthood to receive grants that allowed it to make referrals for women to receive mammograms from other agencies to outcome based programs.  [Grants to make REFERRALS??? You mean to tell me it costs PB to say, "Oh, General Hospital is just down the street; they do mammograms"?  No wonder SGK changed their rules!]  (Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms at any of its centers across the United States, something Komen has acknowledged). This reportedly has the effect of ending Planned Parenthood funding even if the Congressional probe finds Planned Parenthood free of any wrongdoing [All bold font mine.—TL].

This morning, Lila Rose of LiveAction tweeted her followers:  "Remember, @PPact has 1000s of employees & it's easy for them to attack @komenforthecure in big numbers ... Email support at news@komen.org !!" You can also go and "Like" SGK at their Facebook page.  It's important you give them positive feedback — for all Richards' talk of pro-life "bullying", the hardcore pro-aborts are skilled at emotional blackmail.  And, while SGK still has some grants for PB in the pipeline, since those amounts are already budgeted and can't be added to feel free to start contributing to the Race for the Cure (if you aren't already!).

Update: Later same day
Patrick Crain at LifeNews reports that, since releasing their announcement yesterday, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has received over 2,000 emails from PB supporters and only 64 from pro-lifers.  Drop them a line (news@komen.org); tweet them (@komenforthecure); "like" their FB page — don't even wait to leave a comment here; just go and do these things NOW! Don't let the pro-abort bullies have the last word on this!