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Poll: Do You Agree With Komen Decision to Restore Planned Parenthood Funding?

Breast cancer advocacy group reverses course after disqualifying family planning organization from grant consideration

After enduring days of criticism, the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced Friday morning it would reverse its decision to cut off grant funding to Planned Parenthood.

Komen founder Nancy Brinker said the foundation has been "distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood," which provides family planning services, with affiliates in Shrewsbury and Freehold in Monmouth County.

"We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," Brinker said.

The breast cancer advocacy organization, which raises money nationally via , had eliminated grant funding for Planned Parenthood under internal guidelines that bar it from working with organizations under investigation. Planned Parenthood has been subject to a congressional probe. 

However, critics charged that the move was a political capitulation to anti-abortion and conservative activists who object to Planned Parenthood's family planning services.

Brinker said the foundation's internal guidelines would be sharpened to allow existing grants to Planned Parenthood while preserving its ability to apply for future monies.

"Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political.

"Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities," Brinker said.

Planned Parenthood has more than 800 health centers across the nation and is the largest provider of abortions in the country. The organization provides reproductive health care for women and men, as well as cancer screenings, including 4 million breast exams in the last 5 years. The Komen foundation has been working in partnership with Planned Parenthood since 2005 to provide breast cancer screenings.

Do you agree with the Komen decision to reverse course and continue funding Planned Parenthood grants? Take our poll and tell us in the comments.

Jim February 05, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Okay, here's an excercise for you: Could you do to child who is outside the womb what an abortionist does to a child who is inside the womb? Could you use those scissors on that childs arms legs and neck?
johnny d February 05, 2012 at 01:52 AM
and how many of you are concerned about their "suffering" after they are born ? you read about the woman last week who left her 3 and 5 yr old daughters on a busy street in brooklyn with extra diapers in their hands. spending yrs being shuffled between foster homes . often abused. the same people here that have no problem cutting education and nutrtional programs as well as the epa. so they have to be born after that as far as all of you are concerned they can be uneducated, hungry and breathe filthy air and water. all of you will only end up bringing back the days of the back alley abortions where teenage girls spent a few days in pain before bleeding to death .but then again they would get sent to hell and isnt that what all teenage girls who didnt have things like planned parenthood to help them understand more about birth control really deserve anyway? how many of you feel like the answer is yes to that ?
Tim O'Connor February 05, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Abortions is killing babies. Simple.
Jim February 05, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Johnny D, You presume to know my opinions regarding the EPA, social programs and personal charity. You work from stereotypes of your own design, and are wrong. ...about so many things.
rightwing February 05, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Now that Komen has been exposed for supporting PP's campaign of death, I and many others will stop donating to them, forever. All of the recent donations to PP, meant to grab media attention, like Michael Bloomberg's, will not be maintained after the cameras are turned off. The true supporters, of women's health care and the right to life, will remember the lives ended because of Komen's decision.
rightwing February 05, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Now that Komen has been exposed for supporting PP's campaign of death, I and many others will stop donating to them, forever. All of the recent donations to PP, meant to grab media attention, like Michael Bloomberg's, will not be maintained after the cameras are turned off. The true supporters, of women's health care and the right to life, will remember the lives ended because of Komen's decision.
StayCalm February 05, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Abortion is a LEGAL Medical Procedure. Simple. Medical Procedures are between a doctor and patient; not your business. <-- even more simple.
DD Smith February 05, 2012 at 03:47 AM
@Cathy Kelly, No one can be trusted in what they claim to stand for. Sadly a lot of organizations are corrupt. All though most are in denial and will not admit this.
DD Smith February 05, 2012 at 04:00 AM
It comes down to everyone likes to judge others even though they do not know the entire picture. Maybe it is private and none of anyone's business why? or What a women decides to do with her own body.
Sean Conneamhe February 05, 2012 at 04:02 AM
"Maybe."
DD Smith February 05, 2012 at 04:14 AM
There is nothing wrong with having your opinion on an issues. Everyone is going to have their own, just like everyone has an an-hole. Who is to say who is right and who is not? Each other? Really? Get a life and how about everyone make their own choices and decide what is best for themselves.
JOHNNY Done it February 05, 2012 at 04:25 AM
I believe this organization is to help woman . It may be by reducing costs on medical exams or on procedures I commend them for that..Since our government is failing in this dept..Going to this organization is a choice , as DD Smith stated
JOHNNY Done it February 05, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Agreed, Don't wait for ,Obama care either.......
JOHNNY Done it February 05, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Helen drinking Kool AID?
Tim O'Connor February 05, 2012 at 05:15 AM
Abortion maybe legal, but it is still killing a baby!
Jim February 05, 2012 at 05:28 AM
DD, You ask "who is to say who is right or not". Is nothing wrong? Arson, theft, battery? We make judgements all of the time. It is right and necessary for a civilized society. I believe in kindness, gentleness and charity for all people...including those who are entirely dependent upon our mercy.
Bill Cox February 05, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Those that will react in horror at a commericial for animal cruelty, those that scream about the protecting the environment from drilling, those that will protest our military for actions taken during war will also defend a woman's right to choose. No need to think of the unborn, to them it is a mere bloodclot of cells. No need to think that perhaps this unborn child might be the one to grow into the doctor who finds the cure for cancer. If we think perhaps that has already happened and now we must wait till the next child comes who will do this, if they have not been "chosen away"
Helen February 05, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Choose the pill or say no. That's a far better choice. A very small percentage NEED to kill the baby. Killing the babies is their way of birth control (and the progressives way of population control).
Helen February 05, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Ever heard of Medicaid? PP is a political money pit.
Helen February 05, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Not baby killing? Late term abortion pull out a live babies head and stab scissors into the back of the skull/neck to kill the baby. Yes, killing the baby is what it is. Ever seen an ultrasound? Yes, killing a baby is what it is. Go save a sardine!
George February 05, 2012 at 02:42 PM
If they want to impose the Repugnants' slanted Faux News views on everyone else, they'd say no.
Hearme February 06, 2012 at 07:36 AM
These outrageous lies are disgusting at best! How dare you ignorant people judge others without even knowing the truth. Not to mention you spread disgusting lies about doing abortions to babies that are almost to term and then stabbing with scissors. OMG You can't believe this crap you spew! If anything should be illegal it should be this kind of twisted crap you put out there. Doctors DON'T preform late term abortions.The people that had abortions that you described are the back door abortion clinics before it was legal. The logic you use of cells being a baby would be like saying when she has her period and her body expels the egg that she lost a baby. Do you blame women for miscarriages as well? You people are sick. READ A REAL BOOK get your noses out of your bibles.
Bill Cox February 06, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Sorry, you are wrong and doctors do preform late term abortions. Read it for yourself http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late_termination_of_pregnancy. This happens today, all over the world. Also, I did not find this information in the Bible and I do not appreciate being called sick, ignorant or a liar. You are the one who really needs to get your "facts" correct.
Hearme February 06, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Bill Cox ...We are disusing what happens IN THIS COUNTRY at current time buy law abiding, reputable doctors. For your information Wikipedia is stuff everyday people enter. It is not fact checked and has wrong information all the time. Examples that even ignorant people like you can understand are: Wikipedia reports many celebrity deaths even though the person is very much alive and have repeatedly asked them to correct it.Senator Edward Kennedy - who was pronounced dead by an anonymous Wikipedia editor after collapsing at President Obama's inauguration lunch . Furthermore I really don't care if you "appreciate? what I said. Sometimes the truth hurts. You are ignorant, sick and a liar if you spew the things like I have read throughout this thread from Helen, yourself and others.
StayCalm February 06, 2012 at 03:02 PM
We already have very strict guidelines that severely limit the circumstances under which a late-term abortion can be done. It is a very RARE occurance. Look up the stats yourself, but NOT on religiously affiliated right to life sites... look up gov. stats. As for early pregnancy terminations (prior to 14 weeks) which is the VAST MAJORITY of abortions done, there is no "baby" to tear apart, there is no "baby" to feel pain. There is no "baby" being killed. Babies are born. Fetuses are aborted. In the very early stages it is a clump of cells which looks very similar to a blood clot. It is NOT a 'baby'. No brain, no lungs, no internal organs to speak of and no way to live without connection to the woman's body. Repeat: It is not a "baby". Also the reason for an abortion is none of your business. A woman chooses to have one and (some of) you people want to moralize on their reasons, well, too bad. It's not your business if it's a "birth control method", or a medical necessity, or a decision based on emotional or financial circumstances. It's LEGAL. Get over it. Work to change the laws if you don't like it... but leave women to their CHOICES until that happens.
BN February 06, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Methinks someone needs to revisit the "terms of use"....your posts are laced with violations.
StayCalm February 06, 2012 at 03:22 PM
War is legal. But it still kills MILLIONS of people around the world; and many times We (the USA) are involved in those wars- by choice. It's killing. Massive killing, and we choose to participate in it. How is that justified, but a woman making a personal decision to terminate her own pregnancy to prevent a future birth, isn't? Why is it important to control and dictate what each and every singular woman does in this country (with her own body!) which doesn't affect anyone but her-- but killing thousands upon thousands of young, healthy, ALIVE men and women -AND CHILDREN- in war is something we consider a "necessary" loss of life? How does that priority make sense?
Mattie February 06, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Observation: Topic; abortion / Planned Parenthood Very emotionally charged topic, strong feelings on all sides. Posts swing from logical and calm, to outraged and fanatical. Ok, that's to be expected, right? So far nearly 75 comments on this topic, no deletions, no shutting down the comment section. Topic; Martin Luther King / civil rights (Manchester Patch) Not even ten comments and the comment section was shut down thanks to a few who made racist comments and derogatory remarks re; MLK. Certainly not fair. And apparently not considered important enough to edit but keep open. Just an 'interesting' observation....
L February 06, 2012 at 04:18 PM
The majority of people who go to Planned Parenthood don't go there for abortions. A lot of the clinics don't even offer abortion services. They offer abortion referrals where they give a list of health care providers who perform abortion services. People go there go for education services, sexual and reproductive health care, medical testing, birth control, support services and counseling (rape crisis, sexual assault services). They offer a wide range of women's health care services, including breast exams and mammogram referrals when and if appropriate. Their mission is not to kill babies.
Eggs-n-Toast February 06, 2012 at 04:27 PM
100% correct, L. Can't be said often enough, however, we all know that so many refuse to listen....

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