Pulling funding from PP is an act of anti-humanitarianism. PP supports a large portion of undeserved people. In some cases, the people who used PP for preventative, life saving exams, it was their only access point to these services. The SKF is not for the benefit of the people, they now have a new role in playing a political game.
As an RN i am appalled at the SGK foundation's politically motivated right wing decision (influenced by their new right to life radical right wing VP) to defund Planned Parenthood - an institution with a long and respected history of caring for poor, uninsured and underinsured women who count on PP for their yearly breast exams and mammograms. Don't lie to us - we've read the article in the Atlantic. We know the truth about WHY this came about - it was an entirely political decision - not one based on women's health. Your organization has been taken over by right to life advocates who are out to destroy Planned Parenthood and who care nothing about women or women's health. You're new rules were written specifically to take advantage of the witchunt of an investigation sponsored by Cliff Sterns, Rep. FL. http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/02/who-is-rep-cliff-stearns-the-man-behind-the-komen-decision/252469/ http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/02/top-susan-g-komen-official-resigned-over-planned-parenthood-cave-in/252405/
Susan G. Komen have done a courageous thing to step away from funding an organization that has veered away from responsible work in the area of women's health. They realized that what Planned Parenthood has become is not what they stand for and so have pulled the plug. If people had any real desire to help, vilifying Susan G. Komen Foundation is sadly misguided. Planned Parenthood do not do mammograms but only physical examinations, which has been stated not to be an effective screening for breast cancer. Planned Parenthood has been found to be a compromised organized, period. And even been found to be complicit in promoting underage sex and human trafficking http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fU4j8b1mMG4
Physician who supported this organization for decades. Never again.
As a fellow nonprofit professional and former support of the Komen Foundation, I am absolutely disgusted by their abandonment of young and poor women. No amount of money will make up for this formerly great foundation becoming a petty front group for religious extremists and bigots.
Review from Guidestar
The Komen group's preference to maintain revenue from politically motivated donors (and perhaps take its own political stance in the process) rather than fulfill its mission among disadvantaged women represents a failure to maintain ethical philanthropic standards. The already extreme marketing methods taken by the organization in its branding and fundraising efforts assume a cynical character given the decision to deny inclusion to Planned Parenthood programs. This cynicism is even more apparent as more information becomes available on how local offices have been surreptitiously denying funding for years to Planned Parenthood. This practice represents a pattern of political control - again, counter to the organization's mission - many donors would find unwarranted.
I am a fundraising professional and lecturer in non-profit administration and I am stunned by the Komen Foundation's lack of professionalism and adherence to its mission. Hiring a politician with a stated goal of shutting down funding to one of Komen's long-term partners was a terrible idea in the first place; allowing that person free reign to impose her political beliefs on the organization was another. Whatever one's political leanings, we've all got to agree that Komen's decision was not based on its mission of fighting breast cancer but on outside motives. Komen's mediocre record in channeling money to actual breast cancer research, its exorbitant spending on administration and lobbying costs, and its $1 million war chest to fund SLAPP lawsuits on smaller charities demonstrate that it is a very dark organization. It is the essence of the corporatization of the non-profit world: Make yourself rich by lobbying and massaging corporate interests, and leave your fellow non-profits and those you pretend to help in the dust. Don't give another dime to them.
As a medical student going into Obstetrics & Gynecology, I was horrified to hear that the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation pulled their support for breast exams at Planned Parenthood. No trustworthy organization would put thousands of women at increased risk of breast cancer due to unavailable screening resources simply for religious or political reasons. I used to believe that this organization stood for protecting women and helping communities around the world, but their abandonment of all the wonderful work Planned Parenthood does has made me lose all respect for them.
Review from Guidestar
Years ago, when everything became "pink," from mixers to irons, I became suspicious that money for its own sake had overtaken SGK. It was no longer just raising money for cancer cure, it was raising money for itself. That was obvious to anyone who has a business background. So SGK lost track of its mission. SGK has apparently rediscovered a new mission in removing funding from an organization that serves poor people -- Planned Parenthood. And facts for those who jump in: no federal dollars are used for abortion, only 3% of what PP does is abortion; all the rest goes toward health care, screenings, pap smears and BREAST CANCER SCREENINGS. SGK is only a fund-raising organization. It provides no services or benefit. So, if you want to cure breast cancer, give to the American Cancer Society; if you want poor women to have health screenings, give to PP. And, on an unhappy note, RIP Susan G Komen. It's too bad that the organization that was intended to honor your memory made very bad political decisions when it shouldn't have gotten political at all.
Disgraceful organization. Never will support again.