Komen Apology Not A Promise To Renew Grant

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Susan G. Komen foundation appears to have made-up with Planned Parenthood after a split that created a storm of protest.

It lifted the mood at Planned Parenthood Luncheon in Fort Worth.  North Texas Planned Parenthood Communications Director, Kelly Hart, said, “We’re pleased. We’ve said from the beginning. We really treasured our partnership with Komen and would welcome a renewal of that partnership.”

The Komen Foundation is a leading force in the fight against breast cancer.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider.

Dee Dee Ellis has been going to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Dallas for 10 years. She’s 26.

“You schedule an appointment. They get you in and they get you out,” she said.

The Komen Foundation gives Planned Parenthood money for low cost mammograms.

When a uninsured or underinsured women needs a mammogram, Planned Parenthood gives her a referral to a facility that can do it.

Planned Parenthood has no in-house mammography machines. But the facility also provides health care for many other things.

“They provide pap smears, they do annuals. They do counseling. STD testing. HIV testing,” Ellis said.

If the clinic wasn’t there, where would Ellis go? “The local emergency room,” she answered.

Nancy Brinker, the Founder and CEO of The Susan G. Komen Foundation issued a statement apologizing to the American public for, “Recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.”

Catholic Pro-Life North Texas Communication Director, Becky Visosky, read the statement in its entirety. “I think there was nothing in that statement that was released today that indicates they’ve actually changed their policy.”

She said, Komen’s apology didn’t include promise to renew Planned Parenthood grants, only to make it eligible for future grants.  She’ll wait and see. “I think people choose words carefully.”

The Komen Foundation gave nearly $700,000 to Planned Parenthood in the fight against breast cancer last year.

North Texas Planned Parenthood received 92-thousand dollars last year and covered the cost for 580 mammograms.

The Komen Foundation has promised to continue its current grant to North Texas Planned Parenthood. But that grant ends in April.

  • Alex

    You forgot to include include that Planned Parenthood has performed a million abortions over the last 3 years and that 700k is less than 1/10th of 1 percent of their billion dollar revenue of which nearly 50% is from taxpayer dollars.

    • Ralph

      Line a billion people up against the wall — a brilliant argument (please not my sarcasm).

      This is exactly what I was referring to regarding people lacking the ability to have a mature and rational discussion on this topic. There’s always one of these types who’ll make the extreme argument about killing everyone or say “if your so concerned, go kill yourself” or something equally ridiculous all the while thinking themselves quite clever for saying so.

    • Dan

      I wonder if Komen ever thought of the fact, that since planned parenthood has killed more than a million people, if one of those children would have grown up to invent the cure for cancer…

      But as the founder of planned parenthood stated, their methods are good and keeping the black and minority population number down. Margaret Sanger has an interesting number of quotes if you ever want to google them.

    • Ralph


      Get your facts straight. None of the Komen Foundation’s grant money nor taxpayer’s money goes to pay for abortions. Abortions comprise 3% of the services provided by PP and they offer patients every possible alternative before proceeding with one. It’s the women’s choice. Thankfully, it isn’t yours.

      I’d also remind you that the human race just went from 6 billion to 7 billion in 12 years time. Our populations are exploding exponentially. You might argue the preciousness of human life as this planet is filled to bursting. However, the more crowded we get and the more we strain our resources, the less human life is worth until finally in the end it will be worth nothing. Whatever humane means we can use to control our populations isn’t just desirable, it’s essential. Religious people need a serious reality check. You’re not the solution. You’re the problem.

      • Ralph

        Just because you say so? That’s it? Sorry, but mine isn’t the ridiculously shallow argument here. Fact and opinion are the same thing to you, aren’t they Evie?

      • Alex

        Never said they diid. All I was sayin was descibe what a non-profit does. All of it. Whether someone agrees or disagrees is a personal opinion. People will support them them or not and is also a personal decision.

      • evelyn

        Abortion isn’t intended to be birth control. There are numerous products available to prevent pregnancies. Your argument is ridiculous.

      • evie

        Abortions aren’t birth control. There are preventives for that. Your comment is ridiculous.

      • Abortions Kill

        Hey–why don’t we just line up a billion people against brick walls and mow them down with firing squads? That would reduce Earth’s population. I hope you noticed my heavy SARCASM here.

  • Ralph

    It’s an amazing contradiction that these right to lifers core argument is the sanctity of life as they seek to obliterate Planned Parenthood which actually saves the lives of poor women everyday. For religious extremists, the end always justifies the means. They’ll gladly rob Peter to pay Paul.

    What’s the difference between our religious radicals and some suicide bombers in the Middle East? Answer: The bomb, and I think ours are working up to it.

    • Brenda S.

      The baby never got to decide on a ideology. It was killed.

      • Ralph

        The fact is, types like you only care about making people suffer the consequences for casual sex. It has nothing to do with the preciousness of life, it has everything to do with creating a hell on earth for those you perceive as sinners. That’s why Christians who protest abortion clinics don’t adopt the children they are trying to save. They want the unwed teen mother to suffer. They want to make an example out of her. It’s all about goose stepping robots for Jesus imposing their will on the rest of society. Show me once place in the Gospels where Jesus forced people to be moral. On the contrary, he showed love and compassion towards sinners, sat with them and broke bread. Jesus has nothing to do with what you are.

    • Alex

      I am neither pro-life nor pro-choice. Once a journalist includes what services an organization provides I prefer it not be selective, Both sides of the issue have basis for their views. A journalist needs to present all aspects not just their preferences. Otherwise they are just a blogger.

    • Shelly Winters

      I agree with you so much.

  • Shelly Winters

    Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of reproductive health services in the United States, which include contraceptives and abortions, among other services.[3][4] Contraception accounts for 35% of PPFA’s total services and abortions account for 3%; PPFA conducts roughly 300,000 abortions each year, among 3 million people served.[5][6][7

    • Alex

      That’s true. But the 3% of services is a statisttal count not a percent of expenditures. A councelling session is a single service. PP did 110 million services in 2010.

  • Juju

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmm, a company going back on what they said, by going back on what they said, by going back on what they said..I’ll stick with PP.

    • evie

      Komen is a non profit foundation that fundraises for its money. There is no contract with PP…the money is a gift, a grant. Komen can offer this money to whomever it pleases…with all the good it does, there should be little criticism from women…PP gets federal funding…grants…if you’re sticking with PP, I hope that means you’re making a generous donation…that’s how they get their funding.

  • pat

    Abortions had nothing to with this decision, politics was the driving force for this decision. They miscalculated the backlash and fire storm for making the decision. This apology is a PR ploy to defuse the fire storm and the politics will go back underground. Next year the grants will not be offered to Planned ParentHood so the poor women will be forced to suffer the consequences. Politics has no place in Non-Profit Charities. The previous CEO of this charity was paid $500,000 per year, the only reason Nancy Brinker says she is unpaid is because she is the ex-wife of a restaurant mogual. Her political ties has great influence on this charity, who sits on the Board of Directors, and other associations. The only way to deal with a snake in the grass is to cut off the head. Women should go to charity navagator and associate with other top Breast Cancer Charities that are doing great work.

    • evie

      Hope you’re making a generous donation to PP…it not, then shame on you for criticizing an organization that is about women’s health. Komen GAVE generous grants…in no way should that be EXPECTED by PP and clients…it WAS A GIFT.

    • Ralph

      The issue of abortion had nothing to do with this? That’s the argument you want to make? Really?

  • Juanita

    The over crowding of the world population is always offered as a good reason for abortions. I don’t understand. Why not do something before a human life is conceived. Get a vasectomy or have your tubes tied. You can still have your sexual life but don’t have to kill for it.

    • Ralph


      Your making a “perfect world” argument and as you well know, we don’t live in a perfect world. There will always be unplanned pregnancies. The bottom line is, we need to encourage whatever REALISTIC and humane means we can to get our populations under control otherwise the toll of human suffering and real instances of murder (not fetuses) will be on a worldwide scale, utterly and completely incomprehensible to our civilized minds today. What wouldn’t you do to protect and feed the ones you love? This is make or break for the future of human beings and thus far most people can’t even have a mature conversation about it. How sad for us all.

      • Brenda S.

        Hey Ralph , you were a fetus. Now youve grown into the worlds great social engineer

  • LibertyLover

    Abortion is a very private matter and not all the same. A fertilized egg isn’t the same as a 24 week gestation fetus. No one should be forced to fund another’s abortion.

    • Ralph


      Whose forcing you to? The Govt. doesn’t fund abortions and neither does Susan G. Komen. So exactly WHAT are you talking about?

      Religious types always argue no one should offend their sensibilities, all the while you are ramming those beliefs down everyone else’s throats as if they are facts. You don’t get it both ways.

      • Brenda S.

        there you go again ,the U.S. government funds abortions at home and abroad. Simple Equation Ralph u.s. govmnt funs pp,ppdoes abortions>u.s. govnmt funds abortions I am a U. S. taxpayer > against my conscience i am funding abortion, I have the Contitutional Right to redress my grievance ,and no matter how much you name call or demonize you cant ,unless you kill me like the babies.

  • Mike Gawronski

    $700,000 pulled by Komen; or $0.86/breast exam performed by Planned Parenthood. If every Planned Parenthood breast exam patient skipped lunch or begged a dollar and donated it to Planned Parenthood this would not be a story at all and is certainly not as big a story as some are making it.

  • Ralph

    Brenda S.,

    The U.S. Govt. does not fund abortions in the U.S. That’s just a lie. So I’m killing babies now, huh? When was the last time a rational thought passed through your head (rhetorical question)?

    OK. Counter argument. Why should my taxpayers money go to pay for your ten commandments on the courthouse lawn? Or pay for public schools to teach my kid to pray to your silly god? See, once again, you don’t get it both ways. In addition, your side is the one which is repeatedly struck down in court for these sorts of offenses. Like Jesus said, “You cannot serve to masters for you will love one and hate the other.” So which do you serve — your bible or the U.S. Constitution? My guess is, you hate that separation clause the founding fathers put in there.

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