#1 Breast Cancer Foundation Gave More Than $500K to Planned Parenthood Last Year10-23-2011, 07:18 PMPosted on August 26, 2011 at 2:30pm by Madeleine Morgenstern
Affiliates of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation gave more than half a million dollars to Planned Parenthood in 2010, according to federal tax records.
The American Life League obtained copies of the financial documents, which totaled donations from 18 Komen affiliates at $569,159.
Affiliates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington all gave money. You can view a full spreadsheet of the donations here.
According to the data, the Dallas County chapter donated the largest amount, giving $68,000 to Planned Parenthood of North Texas. The Orange County, Calif. chapter gave the second-highest amount at $58,754.
Nevertheless, the $569,159 tag is lower than the donations from 2009, which totaled $731,303. Last year, a Komen spokesman said in an interview the money is closely monitored to ensure it goes to fund only breast screenings, not abortions.
Rita Diller, director of the American Life League’s Stop Planned Parenthood initiative, told Life News that aside from the abortion issue, it doesn’t make sense for Komen to donate money to Planned Parenthood when the organization does not provide any kind of advanced breast care, including mammograms.
“Komen’s support of Planned Parenthood is defeating its own mission of fighting breast cancer,” Diller said. “In the first place, Planned Parenthood is not licensed to do anything beyond Level 1 breast examinations….Add to that the fact that Planned Parenthood’s two big money-makers, abortion and contraceptives, are directly linked to breast cancer by numerous studies conducted from the 1960s through the present.”
Diller also told Life News she was disappointed that the Komen affiliates donating money included chapters in urban areas where alternatives to Planned Parenthood are available.
“To say that there is no other alterative in such areas for women to receive breast cancer screening and care is preposterous,” she said.
A Jan. 2010 study from the Seattle Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center called abortion a “known risk factor” for breast cancer, reporting a 20 to 50 percent increased chance for cancer among women who had had an abortion compared to women who carried their pregnancies to term.
The National Cancer Institute of the National Institute of Health does not currently recognize any such link.
10-24-2011, 05:04 AM
SGK actually uses PP's facilities to offer screenings for cancer in areas where there is no other place to do so. it's ironic when they claim "early detection saves lives" in a place that supports killing unborn children that won't even have a chance for breast cancer screenings.....
I simply don't like the fact that the SGK uses donation money to sue other charities that claim to be "supporting the cure" and other verbage....SGK is just truning into a big business with a lot of overhead and very little charity work....I would not give them a penny.
10-24-2011, 12:29 PM
My sister works for Komen. In that community, they give funds to a catholic hospital system to do cancer screenings. Although there is a large PP program in the community, she has less controversy in a conservative region going through the hospital.
10-24-2011, 05:52 PM
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That is amazing to hear that about that foundation I have always donated to them
10-25-2011, 02:19 AM
There are hundreds of articles online. This seems to be pretty neutral.
Just reading the comments is an eye opener.
SGK thought they owned the color "pink" at one time....
So if you donate, your donation might be used for legal fees to sue other non-profits that have good intentions of not only trying to stop breast cancer, but cures for other terminal illnesses. These same smaller non proftis go belly up as they can't afford the legal fees....so everyone that has donated to those charities, thinking they are donating to a good cause, are simply paying for a legal defense.
And there is this.....
In addition to raising millions of dollars a year for breast cancer research, fundraising giant Susan G. Komen for the Cure has a lesser-known mission that eats up donor funds: patrolling the waters for other charities and events around the country that use any variation of "for the cure" in their names.
So far, Komen has identified and filed legal trademark oppositions against more than a hundred of these Mom and Pop charities, including Kites for a Cure, Par for The Cure, Surfing for a Cure and Cupcakes for a Cure--and many of the organizations are too small and underfunded to hold their ground.
How many more mamograms could SGK be doing if they were not busy with law suits?
How many low overhead mom & pop charities have been shut down due to the legal actions of SGK? How many charties are afraid to hold awareness events due to the fear of litigation?
I have donated to this group:
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10-25-2011, 02:20 PM
SGK is very careful to make sure the funds that they give to PP are used for breast cancer screenings, and are not used for anything else. I know this isn't good enough for those who are out to bankrupt PP, but there are some communities where PP is the only organization around to do mammograms for uninsured women.
I love how the article cites disproven studies about the alleged connection of abortion to breast cancer to make it's point. Although, there is a proven connection between cancer and the use of birth control pills.
10-26-2011, 04:09 AM
My point is, if you donate to the SGK Foundation, your donation might be used to sue and snuff out other worthwhile charities....
I have a friend that is a doctor in Denver.....he has to fight with insurance companies that think mamograms are not "worthwhile"
Dr. Jerome Schroeder of St. Joseph hospital’s Breast Care Center says “that's absolutely not true mammography doesn't prevent anything it just detects.” Dr. Schroeder adds that “mammography is not the perfect screening test certainly it does miss cancer secondly it can diagnose cancers that women will get that will never impact their life but that doesn't mean you should stop doing screenings altogether .“
In fact, Dr. Schroeder warns that confusing studies and guidelines can cost some women their lives. He strongly discourages anyone from skipping mammogram appointments because in many cases they are a life saving tool and says “even people who don't believe in mammography have to agree that finding cancer at it's smallest size gives that woman the best chance of survival.”
11-03-2011, 01:23 PM
Yeah, well if those alternative centers are places that are spreading the falsehood that abortion leads out to breast cancer, then women are better off not going there.
As long as these are going toward breast screenings and not abortions, then I have no problem with it (although they should give more money to places that go beyond a level one). Planned Parenthood is known for charging on a sliding scale, but other doctors offices will too if you apply for assistance.
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