Susan G. Komen Affiliate Shutting Down, Saw Donations Drop After Funding Planned Parenthood

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Jun 22, 2017   |   4:38PM   |   Phoenix, AZ

The breast cancer foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure continues to suffer after its highly-politicized decision to continue supporting the abortion chain Planned Parenthood several years ago.

The foundation’s Arizona affiliate plans to shut down completely this summer because of a continuing drop in participation and donations, AZ Central reports.

At its height, Susan G. Komen Arizona had more than 30,000 people participating in its annual Race for a Cure in Phoenix, according to the report. Last year, about 7,500 people participated in the fundraising event, affiliate Executive Director Christina Mencuccini said.

On Wednesday, Mencuccini announced that the affiliate canceled its 2017 race and will close completely at the end of July. She said the donations that they already received will be returned to the donors.

Here’s more from the report:

Mencuccini attributes the lower participation and donations to the fact that Arizona’s weather permits many organizations to hold races and outdoor fundraising events.

“We’re competing for the same donors, sponsors, volunteers and participants,” Mencuccini said. “It’s a very competitive marketplace, especially here in Arizona where we have more than one season of 5K events.”

Komen’s funding of the Planned Parenthood abortion chain also has been a big influence in the decline.

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In 2012, Susan G. Komen national leaders initially stopped sending grant money to Planned Parenthood because the abortion group does not provide mammograms and Komen wanted its grants to go to groups that do. However, abortion activists quickly launched a huge publicity attack against Komen, bullying its leaders into reversing their initial decision.

Since then, Komen has lost a huge amount of support. In 2014, USA Today reported Komen saw a 22-percent drop in donations the year after its controversial flip-flop. It also canceled half of its charity walks in 2014 because of low participation, according to the report.

Komen claims its donations only fund breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood, even though the money is fungible and grants for cancer screenings free up other funds to promote and perform abortions. In 2015, Komen reported giving the abortion chain $465,000 in grants.

It’s easy to see why Komen leaders initially decided to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood. The abortion chain does not do mammograms, and its breast cancer screening services have been declining rapidly in the past few years, according to its annual reports. Whats more, dozens of studies link abortion – Planned Parenthood’s top priority — to an increased risk of breast cancer.

Komen had long been a subject of national controversy when pro-life advocates initially boycotted the breast cancer group. When Komen leaders decided to stop giving grants to the abortion chain, pro-lifers celebrated the news. But after massive public pressure, media attacks and lobbying from Planned Parenthood, Komen indicated the abortion business would be eligible for grants again.

In another interesting development this June, pro-lifer Karen Handel, a former Komen leader, won a U.S. Congressional race in Georgia, beating her Planned Parenthood-backed opponent. Handel resigned from Komen after other leaders caved into the pressure from Planned Parenthood. She also wrote a book about the controversy and explained how the abortion chain bullied Komen leaders into giving it funding.

In the past few months, Planned Parenthood spent $734,760 to support Jon Ossoff, Handel’s pro-abortion opponent. Ossoff – and Planned Parenthood — lost.