WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced that the foundation will not partner with Planned Parenthood affiliates in part because of a new policy against funding organizations under investigation.
Planned Parenthood is the nation's largest abortion provider, performing nearly 330,000 abortions in fiscal year 2010, while only making 841 adoption referrals during that time. Planned Parenthood has received hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for breast cancer prevention from Susan G. Komen. However, over the past year it became known that Planned Parenthood clinics do not perform mammograms but instead only perform manual breast exams. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has said that manual breast exams are not proven effective in screening for breast cancer; mammograms are needed.
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins had the following to say:
"We applaud Susan G. Komen for the Cure for putting women's health first rather than fund the nation's largest abortion provider. For too long many people of good will gave money to this foundation to help stop the scourge of breast cancer, not realizing that their money was going to help subsidize the nation's largest abortion provider.
"Planned Parenthood's abortion numbers have increased each year, now at nearly 330,000, despite the fact that the nation's abortion rate has been dropping. Planned Parenthood has claimed they provide mammogram services for women but recently admitted they do not. Susan G. Komen is right to be concerned about the investigations of Planned Parenthood. The abortion organization has been exposed for covering up statutory rape cases and has a history of Medicaid over-billing and other financial misconduct.
"Susan G. Komen's decision to stop funding the abortion industry is good news for women seeking help dealing with breast cancer. This is also good news for the lives of many unborn babies. Congress should also act accordingly given that Planned Parenthood receives over $487 million annually in state and federal funds. If Susan G. Komen can chose to stop subsidizing the abortion giant, surely Congress can redirect its resources to those helping women, not making a profit off the lives of unborn children," concluded Perkins.
SOURCE Family Research Council