The Susan G. Komen Foundation has recently decided to cease making donations to Planned Parenthood in light of the organization’s continued involvement in abortions. An Washington Post/ AP article broke the news yesterday.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, released a statement in which he said,
“We are alarmed and saddened that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation appears to have succumbed to political pressure. Our greatest desire is for Komen to reconsider this policy and recommit to the partnership on which so many women count.”
To be fair, not all women who attend Planned Parenthood do so for abortion purposes. Some attend for free womens’ care, gynecological needs, and breast exams. Thus, some women will certainly be impacted by decisions like these. Still yet, the “other needs” option may be a drop in the bucket compared to the massive numbers of women who use Planned Parenthood for abortion purposes.
As a result of the Komen Foundation’s decision, Planned Parenthood saw a spike in giving and the Komen Foundation saw a decreasing in giving. Thus, the ideological divide grew larger as the news cycle progressed.
Now, I am not a fan of politicians who use abortion rhetoric to garner support in the form of votes. I am also not necessarily offended by politicians who side-step abortion related conversations in an attempt to avoid political traps. Nonetheless, I am opposed to abortions. These procedures kill human beings. Period. Even those who argue for abortions to protect the mothers’ life must admit that they do so by ending another life.
So if the Komen foundation, who exists to prevent the loss of life due to cancer, wants to stop funding an organization that aims to prevent the loss of life by killing lives, then so be it. It is Komen’s choice to do so. If people want to be upset with Komen for their decision, that is their choice as well. If people want to praise Planned Parenthood’s pap smear and breast exam services, that is wonderful. But can we please ask them to stop killing kids?