Komen Giving to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Down as Donations Drop

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 2, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Komen Giving to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz Down as Donations Drop

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
May 2
, 2010

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — The amount of money Komen for the Cure gives to the Planned Parenthood abortion business in grants declined from 2008-2009.

In addition, the donations Komen took in during the same time period are down and one pro-life advocate suggests it is because of Komen’s ties to the abortion giant and its refusal to acknowledge that abortion increases the breast cancer risk for women.

According to new research from pro-life activist Jill Stanek into Komen’s annual report, Komen donations to Planned Parenthood is down slightly. The organization has had close ties to the abortion business for years.

"The Susan G. Komen Foundation decreased its giving to Planned Parenthood by 10% from 2008 to 2009. That’s not much, but it may be an indication their bond is weakening," Stanek says.

A link on the Komen web site titled "Komen’s Message Points" previously read: "For our fiscal year ’08, Komen Affiliates contributed nearly $805,000 to Planned Parenthood programs."

Stanek notice that total changed since late March and now reads: "For our fiscal year ’09, Komen Affiliates contributed $731,000 to Planned Parenthood programs."

"That represents a $74,000 decrease, or just about 10%," she says — pointing out that both sets of talking points added, "less than 1 (one) percent of the total granted by Affiliates that year."

The new message points changes the amount but also had subtle wording changes, including adding that the total represents a "very, very" small percentage of total revenues and grants.

"’Nearly’" was a positive adverb that has been removed, although it may not have been germane. I think there were other subtle changes made to the verbiage of the new Message Points to distance Komen from PP but can’t find a cached older version," Stanek said. "For instance, I don’t recall the old version stating this was a ‘very, very’ small percentage."

Meanwhile, the Komen annual report reveals Komen brought in almost $22 million less, or 6% less, in 2009 than it made in 2008. That could be a result of the difficult economic times or may also come as a result of pro-life advocates increasingly boycotting Komen.

"So Planned Parenthood took a slightly bigger cut from Komen than Komen did from donors," Stanek said.

Komen recently partnered with Kentucky Fried Chicken on a fundraising campaign and KFC has come under fire for the association.

Komen affiliates have given Planned Parenthood $3 million between 2003 and 2008, according to STOPP International. The new numbers bring that among to nearly $4 million.

A January 2010 study called abortion a "known risk factor" for breast cancer and cited a study conducted by the prestigious Janet Daling group of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Daling and her colleagues showed between a 20 and 50 percent increased breast cancer risk for women having abortions compare to those who carried their pregnancies to term.

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