|FLASH: Komen for the Cure reversed its decision this morning, Feb. 3, 2012, deciding to keep its funding "at the same levels," meaning to fund Planned Parenthood afterall. They also decided to clean up their guidelines for refusing to fund based upon an "investigation." It can't be politically motivated. Imagine that. Pro-lifers are saying the reversal is politically motivated.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure just cut all its funding for breast health screenings to Planned Parenthood, according to Elena Perez of MoveOn.org. Their rationale, Perez says, is based on a change in funding guidelines excluding any organization under investigation by Congress. Perez and Democrats call the investigation into Planned Parenthood by Rep. Cliff Sterns (R-FL) "baseless" and motivated by anti-choice groups.
"Komen has raised tons of money and awareness about breast cancer from people who care about women's health," Perez said. "They need to know that they've gone too far by joining the right-wing war on Planned Parenthood--which, let's be honest, is really a war on women."
Partnering with a new organization named UltaViolet, MoveOn.org hopes to spread the word that Komen has strong links to the anti-choice movement, citing Komen's vice president of public policy, Karen Handel who ran for governor of Georgia in 2010 on an aggressively anti-choice platform, part of which was a pledge to defund Planned Parenthood.
To sign a petition to Nancy Brinker, CEO and founder of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, asking that funds be reinstated for Planned Parenthood go here.