Komen Grant Funds First-Ever Planned Parenthood Mammograms

National   Steven Ertelt   May 4, 2012   |   11:30AM    Phoenix, AZ

Planned Parenthood has misrepresented itself for years saying that it does mammograms for women at its abortion centers. That it did not provide such services for women was a sticking point in the battle over the grants the Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity provided the abortion business.

Now, an Arizona Komen affiliate is providing grants to the Planned Parenthood Arizona abortion business with what appears to be the first-ever mammograms the abortion company will offer women.

Komen is providing the Arizona abortion business a $21,430 grant for its offices in northeast Phoenix and Scottsdale to provide mammography screenings using a mobile mammography unit. The three Planned Parenthood locations that will be using the unit include Northeast Phoenix Health Center, Scottsdale Health Center and Chandler Health Center.

Annet Ruiter, vice president of development and communications for Planned Parenthood Arizona, told one news outlet, “We are thrilled to be a recipient of this grant. Forty-four percent of our patients live at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty level, making access to mammograms unattainable. With this grant, we can make mammography for these women possible.”

“I was worried we were no longer eligible to receive funding,” Ruiter said. “We are continuing our collaboration with Komen and it will be good going forward.”

Before this grant, Planned Parenthood itself admitted that it does not perform mammograms for women — something the Komen for the Cure breast cancer charity confirmed last year.

In its email to people concerned about the Komen-Planned Parenthood connection, a Komen official admits Planned Parenthood doesn’t provide mammograms for women with its grant money. Komen makes it clear the money is merely funneled through the abortion business to legitimate medical centers that actually perform mammograms.

“When a mammogram is indicated, a patient is often referred to a local program, such as the state’s breast and cervical cancer program. In other cases, the Komen Affiliate’s grant to Planned Parenthood may include funds to pay for mammograms outright. When this happens, a local provider performs the mammogram, and is then reimbursed by Planned Parenthood using the Komen grant funds,” Komen admits.

LifeNews.com and pro-life blogger Jill Stanek followed up with phone calls to various Planned Parenthood centers and confirmed they do not do mammograms.

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Then, the organization Live Action released videotaped footage of calls to 30 Planned Parenthood centers nationwide in 27 different states where abortion facility staff were asked whether or not mammograms could be performed on site. Every one of the Planned Parenthood centers admitted they could not do mammograms. Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells the women calling that they will have to go elsewhere for a mammogram, and many clinics admit that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide this breast cancer screening procedure.

“We don’t provide those services whatsoever,” admits a staffer at Planned Parenthood of Arizona while a staffer at Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Health Center clinic in Overland Park, Kansas tells a caller, “We actually don’t have a, um, mammogram machine, at our clinics.”

Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood director in Texas, also condemned Planned Parenthood’s misleading statements on mammograms.

“For so long PP has touted that they are a provider of mammogram services,” she said. “This is just one of the lies that Planned Parenthood uses to draw people into their clinics.  PP is not able to provide quality services on their own, so they are forced to lie to the public about services they don’t provide–and mammograms are just one of those services.”