Statement of Bioethics Defense Fund on the Susan G. Komen Foundation

Feb. 10, 2012 — The following is a joint statement submitted by Nikolas T. Nikas and Dorinda C. Bordlee of Bioethics Defense Fund, a public-interest law firm whose mission is to put law in the service of life.

Bioethics Defense Fund continues to advise pro-life citizens to cease support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and to encourage Komen founder Nancy Brinker and her colleagues to decisively halt donor dollars from going to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

A few days after announcing new funding guidelines that would have disqualified Planned Parenthood, the Susan G. Komen Foundation made an announcement indicating that they may have reversed themselves. While the Komen board may indeed retain their policy in the future, their “apology” indicates a capitulation to the pressure exerted by Planned Parenthood. The apology expressly stated that Komen will continue to fund the five outstanding grants to Planned Parenthood clinics that had already had been awarded, and that they would reconsider future grants.

A video statement by the Komen vice-president of public policy revealed that she stepped down from her high-ranking position after witnessing what she characterized as a vicious “shake-down” of Komen by Planned Parenthood. While we are saddened by this turn of events, Bioethics Defense Fund is thankful for the media attention that helped highlight the deception of Planned Parenthood who misled Komen and the public about the fact that they do not do mammogram screenings, and that they are under investigation for fraud and abuse of tax-payer funding.

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Contact: Dorinda C. Bordlee, Senior Counsel, Bioethics Defense Fund, 504-231-7234,

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