Planned Parenthood: Komen A ‘Fairly Small’ Contributor

Huntington to see no change from Komen contributions as a result of recent decision.

Planned Parenthood in Huntington said Friday the decision of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity to reverse course and not cut a "fairly small" amount of funding on a national level will have little to no effect in Huntington. 

Although reaction against the decision was immediate and intense across social and mainstream media Friday, Komen is actually not a big contributor to Planned Parenthood, according Beverly Katz, director of marketing, communications and media relations at . Katz said Komen's contribution to Planned Parenthood is "fairly small."

"In the big scheme of things, it really isn't very big," Katz said. "We should not see any change" in Huntington.

Komen grants help provide breast cancer prevention and detection at 19 of the 79 national affiliates, $680,000 in 2011, according to Katz — Huntington receives no funding from the Komen grants, Katz said.

Earlier this week, the Komen foundation decided to change their granting criteria and not fund any organization that might have an investigation going as a result of an anti-planned parenthood congressman from Florida who is looking into whether the organization spent tax dollars on abortions. On Friday, Komen changed their criteria so that they only de-fund organizations that have been found criminally liable.

A Planned Parenthood breast foundation was set up to replace the money that was lost after the initial Komen decision — about $3 million in donations was sent in three days, according to Katz who expects the donations to continue.

"I think there are people that are somewhat annoyed and will continue to support us in a strong financial way," said Katz

Planned Parenthood in Huntington served about 70,000 clients in 2010 through educational and medical programs, according to Katz. 

Brian February 04, 2012 at 04:00 PM
What a line of horsehockey. The ONLY thing PP cares about is abortion and the revenue they make off of each "procedure" they perform. That spiel they give about "taking care of a woman's needs" is garbage. It's money for murder.Period.
Mary B February 04, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I don't know anyone who has had an abortion at PP. I do know many women who have gone to PP for preventative care. In a time when health care is literally unaffordable, PP is the place women go for basic care. To detect cervical cancer before it becomes life threatening. To find a lump before it's too late. My own mother had to go there for a basic exam because she fell into the cracks of the system: my father received disability benefits and she had nothing. To make such a sweeping generalization about an organization that has helped so many women receive basic health care is degrading to all women.
Pat Giles February 04, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Brian, I think Stephen Colbert says it best: http://gawker.com/5791100/watch-stephen-colberts-defense-of-planned-parenthood
Andrea February 04, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Unfortunate. You clearly know nothing about Planned Parenthood. The services they offer for women's health are important to the community and for many, the only option they have to get necessary check ups and tests.
Brian February 04, 2012 at 11:58 PM
skip February 05, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Congratulations! Planned Parenthood certainly raised Nancy’s awareness. I wonder what color ribbon that comes with? Black and blue? The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto was unimpressed by the liberal protection racket (Nice little charity you’ve got there
Babaloo February 05, 2012 at 10:58 PM
That's proof? Do you believe the moon landing was done on a back lot in Hollywood or that Obama is not an American? Visit factcheck.org or do you feel that's some communist front. I used Planned Parenthood when I couldn't afford to go to the doctor and they took very good care of me. http://www.factcheck.org/2011/04/planned-parenthood/
Dylan Skolnick February 06, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Planned Parenthood provides vital health care for American women. People who say that Planned Parenthood mostly offers abortions are either lying or ignorant. Abortion only composed a small percentage of Planned Parenthood's services. I support Planned Parenthood because they offer all of these services including abortion.
Brian February 07, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Call it Planned Parenthood's war on choice. In less time than it takes to scald a child to death with a saline injection into the womb, the rabid pro-abortion lobby descended like vultures upon the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. The Komen crime? They dared exercise their right to choose when it came to who would receive their donations and funding. The relationship between Komen and the abortion mill has always been baffling on several levels. Komen was started to find ways to save the sick and suffering. Planned Parenthood began as an organization based upon the Margaret Sanger lie of eugenics, which taught that weaker beings should be exterminated. Komen exists upon the fundamental concept that all life is valuable. Planned Parenthood exists upon the fundamental deceit that only "wanted" or "convenient" life is worthy of protection. Komen's answer to social problems is to strive to find ways to support the living. Planned Parenthood's answer to social problems is to increase access to killing procedures. And then there's the abortion-breast cancer link, which leaves a rational mind boggled as to why an abortion provider would ever receive funding from an organization fighting breast cancer. While pro-abortion activists rail that any supposed link between the two is debunked, that just isn't true.
Dylan Skolnick February 08, 2012 at 04:50 AM
It is the rabid anti-abortion fanatics who are waging a "war on choice." They are determined to deprive women of their right to choose. The relationship between Komen and Planned Parenthood makes perfect sense. They are both dedicated to providing needed health care for women. Komen was totally within their rights to sever their relationship with Planned Parenthood (although it would have been more honest if they hadn't attempted to hide behind the bogus and politically-motivated congressional investigations). However, it also the right of those of us Americans who support Planned Parenthood to protest a decision that would mainly have deprived low-income women of essential medical services. Planned Parenthood is one of the most important and ethical organizations in America. They provide vital health care for American women, which includes abortion and contraception. In February 2003, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) convened a workshop of over 100 of the world’s leading experts who study pregnancy and breast cancer risk. Workshop participants reviewed existing population-based, clinical, and animal studies on the relationship between pregnancy and breast cancer risk, including studies of induced and spontaneous abortions. They concluded that having an abortion or miscarriage does not increase a woman’s subsequent risk of developing breast cancer. A summary of their findings can be found in this link: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/causes/ere/workshop-report


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