Latest Facebook Share: Susan G. Komen

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JOSHUA ROBERTS/REUTERS - Members of Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America and more than 20 other organizations hold a "Stand Up for Women's Health" rally in support of preventive health care and family planning services, including abortion.

Quite often when I log onto Facebook, I notice in my news feed that certain memes become popular, passed around amongst my liberal friends. The latest is in regards to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood:

Donors reacting to the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood contributed $650,000 in 24 hours, nearly enough to replace last year’s Komen funding, Planned Parenthood executives said Wednesday.

The organization had raised more than $400,000 from more than 6,000 online donors as of Wednesday afternoon, compared with the 100 to 200 donations it receives on an average day, said Tait Sye, a spokesman for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He said donations were still coming in.

But if the Foundation‘s defunding of Planned Parenthood has sparked a spike in donations and has in just 24 hrs already raised enough funding to replace Komen’s contributions, what’s with all the brouhaha? Think about how much they’ll raise in another 24 hrs more of FB outrage. Planned Parenthood’s alive and kicking, still raking it in. If liberals want to support Planned Parenthood, they don’t need the Susan G. Komen for the Cure; they can and should fund it themselves. Should Komen have even been funding Planned Parenthood (ever!) in the first place? Doesn’t the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation have the right to choose to abort Planned Parenthood if they so desire?

What’s passed around on Facebook right now is a link to the highly non-partisan, apolitical (who would never put politics ahead of lives):

Without Komen’s funding, many of these women will be unable to get the screenings and early detection of breast cancer that saves lives.

It’s incredibly disappointing for an organization founded on protecting women’s health to play politics with real women’s lives. Tell Susan G. Komen for the Cure to put lives ahead of politics.

And how is and Planned Parenthood not putting politics ahead of lives, themselves? How is Planned Parenthood a pro-choice organization when all I ever see them promote is pro-abortion literature? When about 90% of pregnant women who visit Planned Parenthood get abortions, how is Planned Parenthood not “pro-abortion”?!

Curt blogged last year:

From 2002-2008, Planned Parenthood received more than $342 million in federal taxpayer money through Title X funding alone. In its 2008-2009 annual report, Planned Parenthood revealed that it received $363.2 million in various federal, state, and local government grants and contracts for that fiscal year, a significant increase from the prior year. During that same time period, they performed an unprecedented 324,008 abortions, which equates to 888 abortions each and every day.

If the number of abortions performed alone doesn’t convince you of Planned Parenthood’s agenda, just compare that number with other services the organization provides to pregnant women. In 2008, their number of adoption referrals dropped a staggering 51 percent from the prior year to a meager 2,405. Additionally, the number of prenatal clients they served was less than 0.09 percent of the total services provided by Planned Parenthood in 2008. Pregnant women seeking help from Planned Parenthood were 27 times more likely to receive an abortion than to receive prenatal care or be referred for adoption. That is an appalling and heartbreaking statistic.

Abortion is legal. Federal financing of those abortions shouldn’t be.

Here’s the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s side of the issue:

DALLAS, TX — February 1, 2012 — We are dismayed and extremely disappointed that actions we have taken to strengthen our granting process have been widely mischaracterized. It is necessary to set the record straight.

Starting in 2010, Komen began an initiative to help us do a better job of measuring the impact of community grants. This is important because we invest significant dollars in our local community programs–$93 million in 2011, which provided for 700,000 breast health screenings and diagnostic procedures.

Following this review, we made the decision to implement stronger performance criteria for our grantees to minimize duplication and free up dollars for direct services to help vulnerable women. To support this new granting strategy, Komen has also implemented more stringent eligibility standards to safeguard donor dollars. Consequently, some organizations are no longer eligible to receive Komen grants.

Some might argue that our standards are too exacting, but over the past three decades people have given us more than just their money. They have given us their trust and we take that responsibility very seriously.

We regret that these new policies have impacted some longstanding grantees, such as Planned Parenthood, but want to be absolutely clear that our grant-making decisions are not about politics. Throughout our 30 year history, our priority has always been and will continue to be the women we serve. As we move forward, we are working to ensure that there is no interruption or gaps in services for the women who need our support most in the fight against breast cancer.


Komen officials told the Associated Press on Tuesday that they had decided to stop funding Planned Parenthood, saying a new national policy barred support for organizations under government investigation. A House committee began a probe in September into Planned Parenthood’s compliance with federal restrictions on funding abortions.

Why should Planned Parenthood ever be under investigation? Well, here’s Feb 1st of last yr:

Take the pro-life group Live Action. On Feb. 1, they released shocking videos showing what they found when they brought hidden cameras into Planned Parenthood clinics, with a man and woman posing as pimp and prostitute. An office manager was taped telling the “pimp” how to evade the law, such as lying about prostitutes’ ages if they were children 14 or over. Any younger, and the clinic would be obligated to report to the authorities. “We want as little information as possible,” she said conspiratorially.


In an ethics trial that is seeking to determine in part whether Kline acted too aggressively to enforce Kansas child rape laws in his capacity as Attorney General or Johnson Co. District Attorney, Kline just revealed to the court under oath that he found 166 instances during a specific time period when girls 14 years old and younger got abortions at clinics owned either by late-term abortionist George Tiller or Planned Parenthood of Overland Park.

But during that same time period, Kline testified, Planned Parenthood reported only one case of child rape, and Tiller reported only one case of child rape.

Apparently the Komen website was hacked by liberals who tolerate opposing viewpoints and who are staunch defenders of our 1st Amendment rights:

I believe that most people who claim to be “pro-choice” with the added disclaimer, “I’m against abortion, personally…” are merely being cop-outs: They are actually pro-abortion but need to rationalize it to their conscience (the ones who have one).

I’m actually more pro-choice than the supporters of Planned Parenthood are.

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29 Responses to “Latest Facebook Share: Susan G. Komen”

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    Thanks for posting this Wordsmith. I had stopped cheering the “pink ribbon” charade long ago.

    Forgive me if this is in your article, (only did a speed read), but SGK also stopped funding embryonic stem cell research. From what I hear, monies are now flooding into SGK from the pro-lifers.

    On a similar note, Mark Rubio gave one of the best pro life speeches I ever heard today. Finally, a politican, (in addition to Santorum of course and Palin), who actually “get it.”

    Here’s the link for the Rubio speech.

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    I would liken the SGK foundation’s contributing to Planned Parenthood similar to Union workers dues to Unions being used to fund political candidates. I say that because in both cases, they passed on funds meant for one thing to be used in a completely unrelated way. If I donated money to SGK, a foundation for women’s cancer research, I certainly wouldn’t want it to go to an organization that used the money in ways I didn’t approve of. My guess is that lots of people who knew about the relationship didn’t contribute because of that very relationship, and now may be willing to give the SGK foundation contributions.

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    And here’s the video, to add to Patricia’s above.

    I’ll take Rubio in 2016… which of course can’t happen if Romney gets the nod and wins. Rubio has said he he didn’t want the Veep job, but of course that could change.

    Rubio insists he’s not interested in a VP bid, saying the party can’t solve its Hispanic problem just by drafting “a person whose name ends in a vowel.” His team welcomes the veep chatter because it gives him a larger megaphone, but wants to preserve his option of running for president in 2016—which Rubio would forfeit if his ticket beat President Obama this time around.

    So one can accurately point out that a Romney win is a spoiler that would kill a better option of Rubio in 2016, since we’re stuck with the grandfather of O’healthcare until 2020.

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    Common Sense

    @MataHarley: Mata, thanks for the post. I am so very impressed with this guy!! He certainly represents a breath of fresh to counter the stench of politics we have all been forced to deal with. 0-bama has been the most partisan, deceitful, and failed president I have ever seen.

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    Nan G

    When my mother-in-law died of breast cancer in 1975 I was in no position to help fight this disease much.
    You do what you can.
    But, over the years our situation has been such that we are able to help much more.
    Then, with the advent of the home computer and internet I was able to learn how much of my gift went to the cause VS how much went to administrative costs.
    For a few years that was my only criteria.
    But older can mean wiser.
    And nowadays I try to target my gifts.
    The SGK group in on my radar for the giving.
    I am happy to see they are targeting their donations to the purpose donors expected.

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    And now if only the girl scouts would get out from under their tie with Planned Parenthood, we might be making some progress!

    Mata thanks for digging out that video on Rubio, it was truly awesome!

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    Nan G

    In the wake of this week’s announcement that Susan G. Komen for the Cure will no longer be awarding grants to Planned Parenthood, the breast cancer organization’s donations have gone up 100 percent in the last two days. On a Thursday conference call Nancy Brinker, the founder and CEO of the Komen Foundation, told reporters that the organization is “singularly focused” on combating breast cancer….

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    Common Sense

    @liberalmann: Your such a punk. Reality is abortion is murder!! Reality if your support of 0-bama places you in the minority. You are entitled to your opionion no matter how rediculous you are.

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    One has to wonder why you call yourself “liberalmann” when you imply that a religion should give up it’s religious stance on an issue simply because of today’s society. Last time I looked, the first amendment still applied to religion. I say the above because I haven’t seen you come here and comment on Scientology’s belief that God is going to come down in some kind of spaceship, despite the currently understood reality of space. Or that Hinduism is outdated based on their belief in some eight armed woman pulling levers at the center of the earth, despite the currently understood reality concerning the composition of earth. If religions were supposed to be required to adhere to “reality”, as understood by the masses, and today’s society, as understood to be what is currently in vogue, don’t you think the Founding Fathers would have decided to put that in our Constitution?

    Your above statement reflects the willful ignorance of what our Constitution actually says, and is just another example of why conservatives call liberal/progressives anti-Constitution.

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    in the reference post you cited as being from last year which began, “From 2002-2008, Planned Parenthood received more than $342 million in federal taxpayer money through Title X funding alone,”
    There are 3 time periods discussed in that referenced post, 2002-2009, 2008-2009, and the year 2008. One may assume that the 324,008 abortions 🙁 cited as occuring “during that same time period” means that they were done within the years 2008-2009, but this is unclear.

    The conclusions one is led to draw from the wording of the statistics cited may or may not be accurate. We have no way of knowing what the 0.09 % in the statement ” the number of prenatal clients they served was less than 0.09 percent of the total services provided by Planned Parenthood in 2008,” actually means. Also, adoption referrals dropping “51%” doesn’t tell us anything real without knowing how many referrals there were prior to this number being generated. In order for your reference post to be an indication of what is actually going on, we need to know seven more things: 1) how many total women were provided any services by Planned Parenthood in equal time periods prior to the generation of the statistics you gave, 2) how many total women were provided any services by Planned Parenthood during the time periods you cited, 3) how many pregnant women were provided prenatal services during each of the time frames requested in 1 & 2, 4) of those pregnant women, how many finally had an abortions provided by Planned Parenthood during each of the time frames requested in 1 & 2, 5) of the number of pregnant women who sought consultation/treatment by Planned Parenthood during the time frames requested in 1 & 2, who did not get abortions, how many did not return to continue prenatal care? 6) What was the difference in the percentages between the number of pregnant women who had abortions and gave children up for adoption after having consulted with Planned Parenthood within the time frames requested by 1 & 2? 7) How does the 51% fall in adoption referrals from Planned Parenthood in 2008 compare with the national average?

    I have no idea of the answers to any of these questions. I am curious as to what the answers may be. My point is that many people (arguing every angle of every worthy cause under the sun) randomly use statistics to make their points, and most of us accept whatever argument those statistics SEEM to be supporting. The statistics you have cited may well support your argument, but they do not say anything to a critical reader unless they are reported in a uniform manner and give supporting details of populations involved. What you have written here, unfortunately, is just propoganda. (I am not suggesting that the other side does things differently. I am merely suggesting that you be more clear when using statistics.)

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    @Patricia: I am so happy this all happened to expose the SGK foundation and it’s rip-off of the American people. Top three people make 1/2 million and bonuses. The next twenty or so $150,000. This is just another cover up for a few people getting rich from the suffering and pain of humans. 10% goes to the research of how to treat but not how to prevent. One dime of every dollar goes to research. They give grants to drug companies, & GE for mamogram machines. Where is the education help to prevent? Poor people eat junk food because it’s affordable, they have babies because of lack of education, help; money to afford birthcontrol. Cancer is a money business, there will be no cure because there’s two many jobs& money to loose. I am a 3rd stage ovarian cancer survivor of 12 years with the help of Alternative therapies. We need more of this kind of treatment.

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    Nan G

    Susan G. Komen for the Cure has reversed its decision to cut off grant money to Planned Parenthood.

    Komen had said it cut off Planned Parenthood because of a new policy barring the charity from working with groups that are under investigation. House Republicans are probing Planned Parenthood’s accounting to determine whether the group’s federal funding is kept separate from abortion services, as required under federal law.

    The foundation said it would amend the policy to only apply to investigations that are “criminal and conclusive in nature and not political.”


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    As individuals, we can vote our conscience; I just hit the SGKomen website “Contact US” and sent the notice that my substantial annual support is now and will remain zero until they grow some courage. As a cancer survivor, I will support the American Cancer Society unless I find that they also support the Eugenicist planned parenthood obomination.

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    Elizabeth Scalia has a great write up on this:

    In just about 24 hours the “non-political” billion-dollar entity known as Planned Parenthood — which does not itself do mammograms, despite how ABC News frames it — managed to leak the news that the Susan G. Komen Foundation would no longer be contributing $700,000 dollars to its coffers, get the two stupidest women in the US Senate to go into public hysterics, bring out the heavy guns of the mainstream media and apparently win Komen’s surrender!

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    @Patricia: I am one of the so-called people who believe it’s your body and life and you make the choice, NOT the idiots around me who won’t be there to care for a child when the insurance co. says you have pre-existing conditions, or when there’s no money because your am too sick to care for the child or can’t find a job? A wealthy conservative male or female A– H— thinks it’s better to bring a life in this world and allow it to suffer needlessly? Then when you can’t take care of the child you complain because you need welfare? Or let’s see have the baby and let someone buy your child from an expensive lawyer or org. Really? I would like to see one of you rich A–H—sign a paper to take care the baby from the day it’s born to 18. All you conservatives, sign up and this would stop abortion, and definitely cut down welfare, free medical care, and free college. Save alot of money. All you have to do is sign up to take every child about to be aborted and that would stop it. Am I reaching anyone? Can you understand the need to let each and every woman make up their own minds. God gave us all a brain to think with. Stop using politics to make people suffer so you can gain.

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    Common Sense

    @cayotedog: What a selfish B you are!! I am one who believes that the most innocent among us should NOT pay the price for your sexcapades. You forget who is the most innocent here and decided that murder is the better option?? Each woman make up their own minds?? Hey, what about the woman you decided to kill because you could not keep your legs closed?? Stop using murder as a choice!! When it comes to life or death you bet I’m conservative and proud of it!! Who made you God to determine who lives and who dies??

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    cayotedog I’m more than happy to inform you that your request for “anyone of us to take the child” has already been met. It started with Cardinal O’Connor out of NYC, and Mother Theresa. They both agreed to take any child and find that child a wonderful and loving home. It lives on today within the Catholic Church, providing mothers anything and all that they need (emotionally and materially), before, during, or after if they chose to keep the child. Being a member of the Catholic pro life groups, I can honestly tell you that never once, has the promise been unable to be kept. In fact, there are waiting lists years long for these children for adoption.

    I also am the aunt of 2 kids I love more than life itself, both born to unwed teenagers who DID take up the Catholic challange. Those selfless young girls/mothers made the decsion to allow their children life and trust that the Catholic Charities would find them a good and loving home.

    Not only did we, the family benefit beyond our wildest dreams, but those two selfless teenagers, unlike the post horror almost every women who has had an abortion eventually if not initially suffers, now live lives of great purpose (how could not bringing a child of love into the world be anything else).

    So, I’m sorry to tell you that “your plan” already exists, and it has not “stopped it.” But I will tell you what will stop it, and imagine this, NO SEX!

    Do you realize that 85% of abortions are on UNWED mothers? And guess who is cheering them on?

    I don’t know how old you are, but I’m in my 50’s, and when I was a kid, no one thought about sex before marriage, for the simple reason, God was still in the public square, marriage and sex were sacred, condoms were not in the classrooms, and kids got to be kids. Maybe THAT’S where you need to implement your “plan.”

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    ” when I was a kid, no one thought about sex before marriage”

    Really? And you claim to be in your 50’s? I can tell you for a fact that A) even before you were born (in the 50’s or 60’s) there were people having sex before marriage, long before, and B) although your argument that young, unwed pregnant women make up the majority of those looking for abortion services is absolutely true, it is also a fact that married women, with children, may also seek abortion services for any number of reasons which have nothing to do with convenience or lack of attention to behavior.

    I had a neighbor who was the oldest of 5 children. She was born in 1915. She grew up in an orphanage, along with here brothers and sisters, although they were not alowed to speak to each other once they were in the orphanage (boys and girls were segregated.) Her father put them in the orphanage after their mother, his wife, according to my neighbor Mary, “committed suicide by abortion.” She had had enough of being pregnant and having babies, 5 in 4 years. So, when she became pregnant again, she had an abortion. She died. She left a man with a full time job, which he needed in order to support the family, and nobody to take care of his 5 kids. Who knows what would have happened had she not had an abortion and died? Possibly there would have been 6 kids in the family.

    Possibly some other disaster could have happened….Neither Susan Smith nor Andrea Yeats had or believed in having an abortion, but they could not handle having the children they had. I am not saying that I agree with abortion. I do not. But, to say that people used to not think of sex before marriage is false. To think that one has the ability and right to understand the issues and make decisions for strangers is cavalier. We have no way of knowing how many mothers, sisters, daughters, wives have perished because of illegal and unsafe abortions. One may judge that the punishment fits the crime, but it is only God’s place to judge. It is true that there are some women who use abortion as birth control. These women are very few and far between. Most women who have abortions do so after a lot of thought and anguish, thought and anguish which continues long after the abortion has been done, and I would say most likely for the rest of their lives. I have never, nor would I ever have an abortion. But, that is my life, I don’t know enough about anyone els’s life to make this kind of life decision for them.

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    ZENOBIA must indicate thinking somewhat akin to Zen but the narrative; albeit compelling, seens to be drawn from prewritten and preused fiction. The woman qualifies for the Quinness Book for furtile ovaries giving birth to five in four years. These horror story justifications are legendary coming from the Susan Sanger Eugenics Abortion Front. Bill Baird, in Boston, used to rant in front of the TV camaras shaking a wire coat hanger as said used by “back alley abortionists” adding ketchup soaked towels for color television effect. It was all street theater unsubstantiated high drama to attract those with intellectual draft. Abortion – Women’s Right to Choose is a wild money laundering whirlygig. On the frontlines is Planned Parenthood which qualifies as a tax deductable charity. From the funds from donations and government grants the money finds its way to the Guttenberg Foundation which deposits those funds in safe return domestic and foreign securities. The subsequant cash flows pays salaries and overhead with the final distribution going to compliant Democrats. I interviewed a woman working at Guttenberg who after twenty minutes justifying the outfits raison etre’ finally closed admitting its purpose was assuring liberal politics.

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    @ soothsayer:

    I do not make up stories, I am not spreading urban myths. My former neighbor, Mary Shea, who was born in 1915 was sent, with her two sisters and two brothers, to German St. Vincent’s Orphan’s Home in St. Louis Missouri after her mother died from complications of an abortion. This is a fact. Mary was a strong and feisty woman with a broken down body when I knew her. She passed away in April of 2008. She had a good run of it, and the stories she told of her life were wonderful, tragic, and interesting. It is not a tale of Guinness World Record proportions for a woman to have 5 children in 4 years. What do you actually know about human reproduction to say such a thing?

    I am not now nor have ever been a part of any conspiracy, but I am wondering about your motivations.

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    Many Catholic schools had its Irish brood, all of mine included, but there exists a distinction between existential sympathy suck and politics; ergo, your entire pitch is political. About the real people described America is a generous country so I expect all to have thrived. In most big league US cities the Irish mafia rules.

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    First of all, although one may draw the conclusion that a female with the last name Shea may be from an Irish family, drawing that conclusion about a woman in her 90’s who was put into a German orphanage during the early part of the 20th century (she and her siblings were put in the orphanage in 1925) is not so astute. The German St. Vincents orphanage only took children of German families who spoke German as all of the nuns there were from Germany and did not speak English. There is no way I would expect anyone unfamiliar with that particular orphanage to know that. My neighbor married a man named Shea.
    As far as me being political goes, I don’t believe I have the same understanding of that word that you do. I am not at the office of an elected official. I am not giving an interview in favor or against any public policy. I stumbled upon this blog when I was looking to find more information about what was going on between the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood. I am a reader, and I read the posts whiche were up at the time to see if any of them would lead me to any helpful articles or websites. I felt free to point out to a person who posted here that premarital sex has been around long before legalized abortion, so suggesting that abortions didn’t happen in the past because people didn’t think about premarital sex in the past is a false conclusion on more than one level. I gave an anecdotal example to back up my reasoning.

    I am sorry that you live in a reality where any view which does not completely agree with the one you hold is both political and a conspiracy. I can’t imagine such an existance. As far as the abortion issue goes, I have not given my view of that. You may be certain I have, but I have not. The original post I made on this blog, if you care to go back and look, deals with the inaccurate use of statistical information. As someone who wants to understand what is actually going on, rather than relying on rhetoric and catchphrases, I would like to be given information which is tracable and accurate. Good luck to you, soothsayer. peace.

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