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According to a Jan. 31, 2012 Associated Press article, Komen adopted new polcies that halt all grants to Planned Parenthood clinics. After a defense by Komen founder Nancy Brinker pointing out that Planned Parenthood clinics never provided mammograms, a Feb. 3, 2012 blog seems to show Komen is apologizing. While the status of Komen's position is ironed out, what is certain is this: Planned Parenthood deceived the public and Komen about mammogram screenings.  The nation's largest abortion provider should be defunded by federal and state government. 
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Read the Associated Press article here.


Background information on the former link between Komen and Planned Parenthood:

  • March 30, 2011: Live Action reveals Planned Parenthood does not do Mammograms

 As abortion proponents are fighting to continue taxpayer funding to the nation's largest abortion provider, we are also learning about how Planned Parenthood has likely been fleecing well-intentioned supporters of the breast cancer organization Komen for the Cure. Komen claims that it allows grants to Planned Parenthood because they provide breast screenings.  But staff at many Planned Parenthood clinics have revealed contradictory evidence, as revealed in an undercover investigation by Live Action, a Los Angeles based organization.  As reported in the Washington Post:

"Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells her she will have to go elsewhere for a mammogram, and many clinics admit that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide this breast cancer screening procedure,” according to the group’s news release.

Review the BDF resource on the history of the Komen-Planned Parenthood link below:

  • October 2010 Daily Caller article: Komen admits it funds Planned Parenthood

    "Upon publication [Komen spokesperson] Hammarley revised the dollar amount Komen provided to Planned Parenthood  to $731,303 donated in FY 2009 and $3.3 million donated from FY 2004-2009."  Read the article here.

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Breast cancer detection, prevention, research and treatment are of the utmost importance due to the devastating impact that this disease has on women and their families.

Pro-life citizens who are interested in fighting this deadly disease should be aware that one breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has a policy of explicitly allowing its state affiliates to give monetary grants to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.


  • Planned Parenthood is the number one provider of abortions in the United States. Planned Parenthood Federation of America's 2008-2009 report shows the number of abortions it performed in 2008 increased to 324,008, a 6.1 percent increase over the 305,310 abortions it did in 2007.

  • In an October 2010 article in the Daily Caller, a Komen national spokesperson admitted the funding link.  The article notes that the spokesperson "revised the dollar amount Komen provided to Planned Parenthood to $731,303 donated in FY 2009 and $3.3 million donated from FY 2004-2009.

  • KOMEN'S EXPRESS POLICY ALLOWING PLANNED PARENTHOOD GRANTS: Because Komen refused their request to stop providing grants to Planned Parenthood, Curves, a privately held fitness franchise firm owned by women's health advocate Gary Heavin, ceased supporting Komen events. Here is Komen's response by its Public Relations Manager Kristin Kelly:

"The Komen Foundation is confident that none of its community Affiliates have stopped funding Planned Parenthood as a result of the pressure from Curves, Operation Save America or any other organization. In fact, when faced with opposition from Curves or the threat that Curves franchises would no longer support the Foundation unless Planned Parenthood funding was eliminated, the Komen Foundation told Mr. Heavin (founder and CEO of Curves) that we would not, in any way, undermine the integrity of our grant-making process. In addition the Foundation told Mr. Heavin that it would continue to allow Komen Affiliates to provide breast health education and screening grants to Planned Parenthood if the grant application was approved through the process outlined above. As a result, Curves chose to suspend its support of Komen Affiliate events, including sponsorship of the Komen Race for the Cure (r). In 2003, Komen Affiliates awarded $38.4 million in grants to support community outreach programs, including 21 grants to their local Planned Parenthood chapters totaling more than $475,000."

Source: Komen website as copied into Powerpoint Presentation by Eve Sanchez, former Komen board member,

  • In July 2011, the Ohio Bishops issued a statement to direct Catholic parishes and schools away from fundraising for Komen for the Cure. The bishops “expressed a common desire to avoid even indirect support" for abortion or research involving human embryos.

  • In June 2010, the St. Louis Archdiocese renewed its policy of non-support for Komen due to Komen's national policy of allowing affiliates to give grants to Planned Parenthood, and of promoting embryonic stem cell research. This statement was made even though the Missouri affiliate did not give grants to Missouri Planned Parenthood because at least 25% of locally raised funds are under the discretion of Komen's national office as explained aboveCatholic and faith-based organizations concerned about Komen fundraising activities in their churches and schools should review the FAQ provided by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Background Facts: Why is Komen tied to Planned Parenthood?

  • Nancy Brinker, Komen Founder, was listed as an advisory board member in the 2002 annual report of Planned Parenthood of North Texas, the fifth largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the nation.


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