Susan G. Komen for the Cure has stopped funding breast cancer screening through Planned Parenthood. (More)


A few months ago, Winning Progressive explained how Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization (“Komen”), the fundraising giant that uses pink ribbon themed cause-related marketing and 5K runs to raise money to fund education and research related to breast cancer, has used some of its money to file more than 100 challenges to small mom-and-pop organizations that use the phrase “for the cure” or the color pink to raise money to fight cancer. Now, another incident has come to light to further demonstrate that, when it comes to the fight against breast cancer, there are far better organizations than Komen for progressives to support.

It was announced earlier today that Komen has decided to end its partnership with Planned Parenthood including cutting off hundreds of thousands of dollars of funding that Komen has been providing for breast cancer screening for low-income women. While only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s spending is for abortion services, conservatives have long targeted the organization as part of their efforts to deny women the right to choose. That conservative effort has included boycotting organizations such as Komen that provided funding to Planned Parenthood, and it appears that Komen has given in to such pressure.

Komen claims that it has ended the funding because of a new policy barring partnerships with organizations that are under federal, state, or local investigation. But the investigation of Planned Parenthood at issue is an obviously politically motivated investigated that Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) launched after Republicans failed in their effort to defund Planned Parenthood. And Komen’s de-funding decision comes less than a year after the organization named as its senior vice president in charge of federal and state advocacy efforts Karen Handel, an anti-choice activist who ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Georgia on a platform of ending any state funding to Planned Parenthood.

Over the past five years, Komen’s funding had enabled Planned Parenthood to provide 170,000 clinical breast exams and 6,400 mammogram referrals to low income women who typically lack access to quality health care. If you are as outraged as we are by how Komen has sullied its reputation and given into right-wing pressure by cutting off such funding:

* Contact the national Komen office at 1-877-465-6636 and your local Komen affiliate, and respectfully let them know how you feel.

* Consider donating what you can to Planned Parenthood

* Support one of the following organizations that are leading the fight against breast cancer:

Breast Cancer Action (“BCA”) – the self-styled “watchdog of the breast cancer movement,” BCA focuses on advocating for policies that will reduce environmental exposures that increase cancer risks, address social inequalities that lead to disparities in health outcomes, and reducing the toxicity of cancer treatments.

National Breast Cancer Coalition – an organization that advocates for funding for meaningful breast cancer research and providing everyone with access to quality cancer care, with the goal of ending breast cancer by January 1, 2020.

Breast Cancer Fund – an organization that focuses on identifying, educating the public about, and eliminating the environmental and other preventable causes of cancer.