Komen Decision Had No Effect Locally on Planned Parenthood

Sept. 27, 2011, when wmoen's organizations brought their message to the state capital.

When nationally-known breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation abruptly cut ties with Planned Parenthood centers across the country, and within three days reversed that decision, Central Voice asked Planned Parenthood of Central Pennsylvania about local repercussions had their original decision been implemented. Komen cited a recently adopted policy of not provide funds to organizations under government investigation as is Planned Parenthood Federation of America when last October an investigation of the national organization was initiated by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla. That policy has been amended to exclude the type of investigation underway.

“Planned Parenthood of Central Pennsylvania does not receive funds from the Susan G. Komen Foundation. So this decision would not have affected our patients directly,” according to Suellen Craig, president, PPCP. As part of the investigation Craig’s colleague, Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has been asked for information on 83 affiliates and accounting information covering a decade. The goal of the request is to determine if taxpayer money was being used to fund abortions. Craig told Central Voice “We have no idea what will happen in the future, since Komen was bullied by political groups into this decision.” Now we know.

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