Komen Affiliate in Orange County Funds Planned Parenthood

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 2, 2011   |   2:15PM   |   Los Angeles, CA

The Orange County, California affiliate of the Komen for the Cure breast cancer awareness organization has issued yet another grant for the Planned Parenthood abortion business. The grant furthers the concerns pro-life advocates have had for years about the ties between Komen and the abortion industry.

The orange County Komen affiliate is holding its Grants Award Breakfast today at the Westin South Coast Plaza where it will award more than $1.5 million in grants to 15 nonprofit organizations. The OC Metro newspaper indicates one of the 2012 award recipients is Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino counties, which runs abortion businesses in southern California.

Lisa Wolter, executive director of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s local chapter, said, “The organizations [that will receive] grants from our affiliate in 2012 are instrumental in helping us bring lifesaving support services and education initiatives to underserved groups in the community.”

The grants are not surprising given that the Orange County Komen chapter has given grants to the Planned Parenthood abortion business previously.

PP of Orange and San Bernardino Counties received $90,805 from the Orange County Komen Affiliate from 2006-2007 and the organization continued the Planned Parenthood grant in 2008.

Susan Tyrrell of Bound4Life noticed the grant and said, “When you visit komenoc.org, you can also find Planned Parenthood listed. If this information is correct, Friday morning, Komen will give a 20102 grant to Planned Parenthood. You can also see Planned Parenthood listed on KomenOC’s blog here.”

“The Susan G. Komen Foundation has been funding Planned Parenthood through many of its affiliates for several years. Despite research that links abortion to breast cancer, Komen has discounted this and continued to fund the abortion provider,” she said.

“Abortion funding is serious business allowing Planned Parenthood to build big centers and kill little babies. We should remain cautious on all fronts,” she said about the organization.

New figures directly from the Komen for the Cure foundation show 18 affiliates of the breast cancer charity gave a total of more than $569,000 to the Planned Parenthood abortion business in 2010.

The new figures come from an American Life League study of Susan G. Komen affiliates’ federal forms 990 and they show 18 Komen affiliates gave $569,159 to Planned Parenthood in 2010, the latest year for which figures are available. That’s down from the $731,303 Komen officials publicly confirmed in October 2010, when they acknowledged that 20 of the 122 Komen affiliates gave to Planned Parenthood during the 2009 fiscal year.

Komen affiliates in Austin, Texas; Central New Mexico; El Paso, Texas; Greater Amarillo, Texas; Los Angeles County, California; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Salt Lake City, Utah stopped giving to the abortion business while affiliates in Dallas County, Texas; Denver, Colorado; North Carolina Triad; North Carolina Triangle; and Puget Sound, Washington all began new relationships with Planned Parenthood.

Another problem for pro-life advocates is the fact that Planned Parenthood is reducing the number of breast cancer screenings while increasing its abortions.  According to the 2008 Annual Report from Planned Parenthood, breast cancer services decreased by 4% and abortion procedures increased by 6%.

The Komen spokesman confirmed last year that Komen affiliates contributed about $3.3 million to the abortion business from 2004-2009. That and the longtime ties between Komen and Planned Parenthood have resulted in some backlash from the pro-life community. 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.

Meanwhile, the newest research on the link between abortion and breast cancer reveals abortion certainly plays a role in increasing the breast cancer risk.

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.

And microbiologist Dr. Gerard Nadal, who has a PhD in Molecular Microbiology from St John’s University in New York, has spent 16 years teaching science, most recently at Manhattan College, has been profiling more than 100 studies on his blog showing abortion’s link to breast cancer.

ACTION: Send your complaints to the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure by going to this web site. Contact Komen for the Cure to complain about its Planned Parenthood grants at https://ww5.komen.org/Contact.aspx