Last spring, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards went on CNN and claimed that if Congress cut off funding to Planned Parenthood "millions of women are going to lose access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning, you know, mammograms." But as pro-life activist Lila Rose documented in a video, Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms.
This story is worth recalling in light of the news this week that the Susan G. Komen foundation, one of the nation's largest breast cancer charities, has cut off funding (more than $600,000) to Planned Parenthood. Cecile Richards wrote that the foundation's decision to "end its support of lifesaving breast cancer screening at Planned Parenthood health centers comes as a blow to women across America."
But as Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of Komen foundation, says in a video, Komen came out with a new set of standards this year designed to free up dollars for "higher impact programs."
"Wherever possible, we want to grant to the provider that is actually providing the lifesaving mammogram," she said.
Now obviously Planned Parenthood's role as America's largest abortion practitioner seems to be a significant factor in Komen's decision. Many Americans who would like to fund breast cancer research without lining the pockets of abortionists have pushed Komen to end its Planned Parenthood grants in recent years.
But why does Planned Parenthood feel entitled to a private charity's donations, especially considering the fact that Planned Parenthood's president falsely claims on national television that the group provides mammograms? Isn't Komen free to give its money to organizations that do more than provide mammogram "referrals" and breast cancer screenings?
In the end, Komen's decision to cut less than $1 million isn't going to do much to hurt Planned Parenthood's bottom line. The "non-profit" is worth more than $1 billion, as Charlotte Allen noted in her WEEKLY STANDARD cover story, "Planned Parenthood's Unseemly Empire." During the 2004-2005 fiscal year, Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt raked in over $900,000, and Planned Parenthood made $155 million in 2009 alone by performing more than 322,000 abortions. It has already raised hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of a backlash against Komen (pro-lifers are now rallying to Komen's side). Planned Parenthood is not hurting for cash.
But Komen's decision is an important symbolic blow to Planned Parenthood, which likes to say its mission is about more than performing abortions and providing contraception. It claims that only 3 percent of its services are abortions, but that claim is incredibly misleading. Abortions made up 38% of Planned Parenthood's clinic revenues in 2009. From 2000 to 2009, abortions performed by Planned Parenthood jumped from 197,000 to 332,000. During that same time, adoption referrals dropped from 2,486 to 977. Protecting abortion-on-demand remains Planned Parenthood's highest priority--the organization has even shown itself willing to cover up statutory rape time and time again in order to "protect women's rights."
Planned Parenthood has tried to diversify its portfolio so it isn't publicly identified and isolated as simply the biggest part of the abortion industry. Planned Parenthood will no longer be able to rely on the Komen foundation to help it pretend it is something that it is not.