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BDF Statement on Komen Defunding Planned Parenthood

Contact: Dorinda Bordlee, 504-231-7234; dbordlee@bdfund.org

The breast cancer organization Komen for the Cure has finally defunded Planned Parenthood. BDF senior counsel Dorinda Bordlee hailed Komen’s decision to halt grants to the nation’s largest abortion provider, and encouraged Congress and the States to do the same. “It is a travesty for the federal government to relegate low-income women to breast care and other so-called health services in Planned Parenthood abortion centers where the doctor doesn’t even know the patient’s name.”

Due to the devastating impact that breast cancer has on women and their families, millions of pro-life citizens interested in fighting this deadly disease often helped raise funding for Komen, without being aware of their long-standing policy of explicitly allowing its state affiliates to give grants to Planned Parenthood.

Since 2007, Bioethics Defense Fund has sought to raise awareness of the Komen-Planned Parenthood link via a Fact Sheet compiled from original research made available on their website. Citizens often used the BDF Factsheet to urge their schools and church’s to support other breast cancer organizations so that their fundraising would not in any way subsidize the abortion of unborn children.

In an October 2010 interview with the Daily Caller, a Komen spokesperson admitted that some (but not all) Komen affiliates had given grants to Planned Parenthood clinics totaling $731,303 in FY 2009 and a total of $3.3 million from FY 2004-2009.

Today, the Associated Press reports (and Planned Parenthood’s website confirms) that Komen has adopted new policies that halt all grants to Planned Parenthood clinics. Komen’s sudden defunding of Planned Parenthood due to the current Congressional investigation is a culmination of efforts by many pro-life organizations and individuals over the years who saw that Planned Parenthood was exploiting citizen’s concern about breast cancer to gain funding to underwrite abortion.

BDF attorney Dorinda Bordlee’s review of the Planned Parenthood annual reports over the last four years confirmed that as the Komen grants continued to pour in, the number of breast screenings performed at Planned Parenthood clinics decreased, while the numbers of abortions performed increased.

“Planned Parenthood is in the business of elective abortion, not healthcare; both public dollars and Komen research dollars have no business being spent on a brutal procedure that aborts unborn children and endangers women’s health.”

Bordlee continued, “Low-income women can and should be able to access health services and breast screenings provided at public hospitals and clinics, as well as by faith-based community health centers who are truly concerned about the woman’s holistic health.”

BDF president and general counsel Nikolas T. Nikas commended Komen for finally breaking the immoral and unnecessary tie with the nation’s largest abortion provider.

More information on the defunding decision and the history of the Komen-Planned Parenthood link can be found at www.BDFund.org/breastcancer.

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