The young leader of Live Action, a California-based pro-life group, Jan. 31 told Human Events she is thrilled by Planned Parenthood’s announcement it will no longer receive funding from the nation’s largest private breast cancer fundraiser.
“We applaud Susan G. Komen for the Cure for its pro-woman decision to end their financial support of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s biggest abortion chain,” said Lila Rose, the president of the organization she founded in 2003, when she was 15, as an anti-abortion club for her friends.
“After a slew of scandals at Planned Parenthood, and the opening of a Congressional investigation, Komen is wise to distance itself from the corrupt abortion giant,” she said.
“Komen realizes that their money to detect, prevent, and cure breast cancer is better spent elsewhere,” Rose said.
In its 2010 filings, Komen reported that it paid Planned Parenthood more than $560,000.
Planned Parenthood made the Jan. 31 announcement after it failed to convince Komen to change its mind.
“We are alarmed and saddened that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation appears to have succumbed to political pressure,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
“Our greatest desire is for Komen to reconsider this policy and recommit to the partnership on which so many women count,” she said.
In a statement, the Komen Foundation laid out its reasons. Despite the charge by Planned Parenthood that the foundation succumbed to pressure from groups it described as far-right, anti-choice and anti-women, according to Komen the decision was based two-fold.
First, it was concerned about the criminal and Congressional investigations facing Planned Parenthood. Second, it is reforming its grant programs to incorporate better cost-benefit metrics.
“At Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the women we serve are our highest priority in everything we do. Last year, we invested $98 million in community health programs, which included 700,000 mammograms,” the statement said.
“Additionally, we began an initiative to further strengthen our grants program to be even more outcomes-driven and to allow for even greater investments in programs that directly serve women,” it said. “We also implemented more stringent eligibility and performance criteria to support these strategies.”
Rose said her group’s sting operations led to many of the criminal and Congressional investigation now targeting Planned Parenthood.
“In just the last year, Live Action’s undercover footage revealed Planned Parenthood workers in seven clinics aiding and abetting the sex trafficking of young girls, and Planned Parenthood falsely claiming they provide mammograms to women,” she said.
“In reality, our undercover investigation revealed that not a single Planned Parenthood clinic even has the equipment to do a mammogram,” she said.
“Planned Parenthood misleads women and the public about the services they provide; but it is clear that behind a thin veneer of preventative services, their real focus is abortion,” she said.
“Together, we stand with Komen and reject Planned Parenthood’s corruption and extreme abortion-first ideology,” she said.