Today the Susan G. Komen Foundation unfortunately reversed its decision regarding Planned Parenthood under remarkable pressure from left-leaning groups. But it’s unclear whether actual funding will be restored, according to a Komen Foundation board member.
Planned Parenthood says it needs funding like this because they provide things beside abortion and contraceptive services, things like mammograms. (See PP President Cecile Richards saying so in the video below.)
Well, one young woman tried to find a PP clinic in various major U.S. cities who performed these legitimate health-care services. She didn’t find any.
The bulk of PP’s breast-health work is simply referring their clients to outside facilities. “Sorry, no help for you here.” In fact yesterday, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure CEO Nancy Brinker and President Elizabeth Thompson revealed they halted funding to PP for this very reason.
“We have decided not to fund, wherever possible, pass-through grants. We were giving them money, they were sending women out for mammograms. What we would like to have are clinics where we can directly fund mammograms. “
Komen concluded that PP didn’t qualify as direct providers. It is difficult to find hard numbers on how many PP clinics actually provide mammograms, but most data indicates that the overwhelming majority of PP clinics do not provide such services; screenings that are unarguably so fundamental and important to women’s health. And that is exactly what PP says it all about.
Make no mistake. Planned Parenthood is nearly all about abortion. You can hear a PP staffer say so in the video above: “We are primarily a surgical facility.”
Let’s hope that Komen stays focused on women’s health, committed to those partner organizations who actually provide women with genuine health care. Of late, they are having to spend rather their time and energy responding to political thuggery. And that’s a shame.