Skip to comments.Pink Ribbon Scandal: Pro-Life Groups Speak Out Against Komen
Posted on 10/11/2011 4:24:56 PM PDT by wagglebee
With October as the month for breast cancer awareness and Komen for the Cure, which donates to the Planned Parenthood abortion business, holding events across the country, pro-life groups are taking a more active stance speaking out about the problems with the organization.
Texas Right to Life has launched a new effort, Pink Ribbon Scandal, A warning to Pro-Lifers about Susan G. Komens race against Life.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and men and women clad in pink will gather to mourn, celebrate victories of healing, and express solidarity in their goal to eradicate breast cancer by participating in Susan G. Komen Foundation-sponsored races to fundraise for this worthy cause. Susan G. Komen, however, compromises its own mission to find a cure for breast cancer by associating with Planned Parenthood, Americas largest abortion provider, the pro-life group says. Texas Right to Life urges Susan G. Komen Foundation to stop sponsoring Planned Parenthood immediately and to start benefiting real health clinics for women. Furthermore, Texas Right to Life calls on Pro-Life individuals to boycott the Susan G. Komen Foundation and its Race for the Cure until Komen severs all ties and affiliations with Planned Parenthood.
The concerns over Komen are more than its donations to Planned Parenthood which totaled $730K in 2009 and $569K in 2010.
Many studies have linked an increased risk of developing breast cancer after an abortion, yet both Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood deny the risk abortion poses to breast health, TRTL says.
Elizabeth Graham, the director of Texas Right to Life, says that Susan G. Komens partnership with Planned Parenthood is deceiving and troubling.
While Komen has duped the public as a leader in breast cancer awareness and research funding, by linking arms with Planned Parenthood, Americas largest abortion provider, they defeat the purpose of fighting breast cancer, Graham said.
According to the most recent data available from the Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood, Planned Parenthood did over 25 percent of all abortions in the United States in 2008, a total of 324,008 abortions. In that same year, they performed zero mammograms.
Graham commented, Komen is racing to find a cure while supporting an agency that increases the occurrence of breast cancer. An organization devoted to ending breast cancer and improving womens health can hardly do so while supporting an abortion giant.
One example of this medical and ideological confusion can be found right here in Texas. Susan G. Komen of Dallas has awarded Planned Parenthood of North Texas $92,800 this year for breast health education materials and 650 mammograms for low-income and uninsured women, Graham explained. The website for Planned Parenthood of North Texas offers free mammography services to eligible women, yet investigative phone calls to each North Texas Clinic reveal that isnt true. After a consultation at Planned Parenthood, mammogram clients are referred to real mammogram clinics. Planned Parenthood, with funds from the Komen grant, pays for the mammograms but does not actually perform them.
Texas Right to Life believes that women would be better served if the Susan G. Komen Foundation benefited legitimate health centers and research programs that actually perform mammography services. Funneling money through an abortion business in no way fights or decreases breast cancer, but rather undoes any progress that may have been accomplished by Komen, she concluded.
Brian Harris, the president of Tennessee Right to Life, also recently outlined the problems his group has with Komen in a recent email.
Some at the Komen Foundation have attempted to confuse pro-life supporters by claiming that Foundation funds distributed to Planned Parenthood are used only for mammograms. Sadly, Planned Parenthood doesnt even perform mammograms, he said.
The Komen Foundations continued financial support for Planned Parenthood is at odds with its heroic goal of eradicating breast cancer, Harris continued. A growing number of studies indicate abortion as a known risk factor for breast cancer, including one from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center which reports a 20 to 50 percent increased chance for breast cancer among women who had had an abortion compared to women who carried their pregnancies to term.
Federal tax records document that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation gave more than half a million dollars to Planned Parenthood in 2010. Until such funding is halted, Tennessee Right to Life joins life-affirming individuals, organizations and churches in urging that such funds be directed away from Komen and given instead to research groups which do not promote or fund abortion facilities in any manner, Harris said.
The Tennessee pro-life leader says his group recommends the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, Polycarp Research Institute and Coalition on Abortion / Breast Cancer as three organizations dedicated to stopping breast cancer as ones pro-life advocates can support.
Komen is spending millions to kill babies.
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Thanks be to God that someone, finally, has organized an effort to push back.
Thank God this is being exposed.
Guess I’ll head over to the LIVE in New Hampshire open thread before and after the debate. See you there?
“Komen is spending millions to kill babies”
I haven’t donated to Komen in years since I found out that it had been coopted by the baby killing industry. ‘Kind of sad, really since I know so many who are cancer survivors. We need an organization that is purely devoted to finding a cure for breast cancer instead of murdering the innocent.
Has anyone approached the Komen Foundation and lobbied them to stop funding Planned Parenthood?
Additionally, Komen's supporters believe that our opposition to Komen is because we somehow don't care or don't understand. The TRUTH is that I don't know a single person who hasn't had a wife, mother, grandmother, sister or aunt who has been afflicted. We understand that EVERY PENNY donated for breast cancer prevention and research MUST be spent on this and nothing else.
If people want to give money to Big Murder that is certainly their right, but they should do so under the believe that it is somehow preventing breast cancer. Big Murder has NEVER PERFORMED A SINGLE MAMMOGRAM.
How can you want to save lives and kill lives at the same time?
Not till after 8 but I’ll say hi
More and more people are questioning the Komen Foundation’s association with Planned Parenthood. Hopefully the questions will continue.
I found their site and they released a statement a few months ago about that association. They insist that none of their contributions to Planned Parenthood are earmarked towards abortions.
I admit that I don’t know much about either organiztions. Are Planned Parenthood’s departments so compartmentalized that they keep their various functions separate from each other?
Even IF they are, it is IMPOSSIBLE that the funds don't get commingled. With ANY organization, a sizable portion of money goes to cover overhead and that means that the more of Komen's money that can be spent on overhead they more money PP can put toward killing babies.
I wonder if their goal is to kill babies, or to increase incidents of breast cancer. They’re succeeding at both.
Same pair of pants . . . different pockets . . . It's disgusting that we'll be drowned in this "pink" madness for the entire month while money goes to help cruelly slaughter and mutilate unborn and newly born American children. Disgusting.
I go out of my way to avoid supporting Komen because they support breast cancer instead of research.
Even if your contribution is earmarked for mamograms only, that just frees up other money for abortions. You give to planned parenthood, you give to abortion
Same if you’re giving to United Way through your payroll deductions. You can designate whatever you want to a local charity, but you are donating to planned parenthood. Give directly to your favorite charity, not through these umbrella groups
While I agree with everything said here, I’d like to also point out that SGK also supports embryonic stem cell research. That’s just another form of abortion. Human beings are being destroyed, and to add insult to injury, embryonic stem cells have produced NOTHING - no treatments or cures for any disease. Yet, SGK insists on pursuing this. Hmmmm.....
Komen has kept this hidden very well from people. But the word is out. I want donations to go to cancer research not abortions.
Then avoid the American Cancer Society, which also supports/endorses research on human embryos.
what is their charity percentage?
I understand they are a marketing machine rather than a charity. Product sales, money from walks, it is something around 85% administrative fee out of every dollar.
In 2007, Komen spent 23.5% of total revenue on “Research for the cure”.
In 2008, Komen spent 26.7% of total revenue on “Research for the cure”.
In 2009, Komen spend 20.2% of total revenue on “Research for the cure”.
Primary Revenue Growth
Program Expenses Growth
Working Capital Ratio (years)
Who knew Susan G. Komen was so litigious?
By J. DeVoy
Cynics skeptical of large awareness-raising organizations like Susan G. Komen for the Cure now have more to question. Breast cancer is a serious condition one that co-blogger Tatiana Von Tauber has dedicated much effort to fighting through The Art Cure that affected 207,090 women last year (prostate cancer affected 217,730 men). Some of these funds are being used to patrol smaller charities and ensure they dont infringe on any of Susan G. Komen for the Cures 200 registered trademarks. (source.)
Komens strategy runs from demand letters to filing oppositions hundreds of them with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office when smaller charities try to register their trademarks. For owners of intellectual property, this is fairly routine. The long-term consequences of not patrolling and protecting a brand can lead to its devaluation into a generic or descriptive term incapable of protection. But Komen ostensibly is a charity, rather than a commercial enterprise like Coca-Cola, so people, and especially other fundraisers, expect a more sensitive approach to IP protection. Those people are wrong:
Mary Ann Tighe said the Komen foundation sent her a letter asking her to stop using the phrase for a cure in their title and to never use the color pink in conjunction with their fundraising. What bothered her most about the whole ordeal, she said, was that Komen forced her to spend money and time on legal fees and proceedings instead of raising funds for cancer. (source.) (emphasis added)
For a cure or for the Cure, doing anything for any Cure is begging for Komens attention. For non-lawyers who just want to help their communities, that can be a harrowing experience.
Sue Prom, who started a small dog sledding fundraiser for breast cancer called Mush for the Cure in Grand Marais, Minn., said she was shocked to hear from Komens lawyers this summer asking that she change the name of her event or face legal proceedings.
I had to call the trademark helpline, because I had no idea what I was doing, said Prom, who runs the annual sled race with her husband and friend. We pay for the expenses out of our pockets, and weve never personally made a dime from it. We have t-shirts, sweatshirts, domain names, posters, stationery, all with Mush for the Cure on it. What do we do with all the materials now? How are we gonna defend ourselves? Were not like Komen. (source.)
Look at this from the cynics perspective: Money going to these small charities is not money thats going to Komen. That means less money for salaries, raises, marketing, and other administrative skimming before passing the rest on to breast cancer research. If Komen is using large urban law firms like the article suggests, its also paying approximately $300 per hour for a first-year associate to hunt down and stop this putative infringement.
But the goal of Susan G. Komen for the Cure isnt to shut down other charities. In fact, they can be downright reasonable in granting limited releases of their precious intellectual property.
With the help of a team of pro bono lawyers, Kites for a Cure was able to reach a settlement with Komen: They agreed to only use the phrase for a Cure in conjunction with the words lung cancer to make the distinction clear. But Tighe said they reached a settlement only after many, many months of a free legal team working long hours each day. (source.)
Unfortunately, this conduct leaves people feeling jaded and bitter about an important issue. Not only does the expenditure of legal counsel reduce the amount of money being used for research, but the resulting negative public relations adversely affects charitable donations to these organizations and possibly in the aggregate.
Protecting brands and not being a jackass arent mutually exclusive goals. Maybe a financial hit will chasten Susan G. Komen for the Cure and teach them that lesson without other charities having to suffer.
the fact they claim ownership of “for the cure” is disgusting.
Just say no to this charity.
And the irony is that Planned Parenthood has NEVER PERFORMED A SINGLE MAMMOGRAM AND DOES NOT OWN A SINGLE MAMMOGRAM MACHINE.
What would people say if Komen was giving money to Girls Gone Wild? After all, GGW appears to be at least as interested in healthy breasts as PP is.
They also donate millions to embryonic stem cell research: http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/19/komen-sends-millions-to-embryonic-stem-cell-research-centers/