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Komen officials resign after pulling of Planned Parenthood funds

Posted February 2, 2012
Updated February 3, 2012

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— The communications manager for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure's affiliate in the Triangle has resigned due to the national office's decision to pull hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer awareness and screenings. 

The cancer charity recently decided to halt the grants – $680,000 last year and $580,000 the year before to 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates over the past two years to target the underinsured – because Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress. The probe was launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion activists.

In an email to WRAL News, communications manager Carrie Kovalick said the decision to pull the funds was the reason she decided to leave.

Mollie Williams, the top public health official nationally for Komen, has also stepped down citing the same reason. 

Susan G Komen CEO Nancy Brinker started the foundation in memory of her sister. In explaining why the organization pulled the funds, she said many of the grants being given to Planned Parenthood didn't meet the "standards of criteria for how we can measure our results and effectiveness in communities." 

Komen has long faced pressure from conservative groups to drop funding to Planned Parenthood because the group also performs abortions.

Brinker denies the organization buckled to political pressure. 

15th annual Susan G. Komen NC Triangle Race for the Cure, 2011 More Komen fallout following fund changes

The Komen North Carolina Triangle Affiliate, which is gearing up for its annual Race for the Cure, said it had fielded 26 concerned calls and emails since the news broke Tuesday.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged $250,000 to Planned Parenthood on Thursday, meaning the group has raised more money over the past two days than it received from Komen all last year. 

Komen officials say its donations are also up 100 percent over the past day. 

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  • piene2 Feb 3, 2012

    "PS - I'm pro-choice, however MY choice is pro-life. Serious medical emergency and rape would be the only two times I'd even consider an abortion. Just because I believe that women should have a choice and that the government should stay out of women's bodies does not mean I like the notion of abortion.
    Pepe Silvia"

    Ooooohhhhh! This is good! This is VERY, VERY good. So, let me see if I have this straight. You don't want to "murder" "poor little innocent babies." but you'd be willing to reconsider murdering poor little innocent babies if the mommy was sick or raped. Is that about how you see it? So it's OK to murder poor little innocent babies from time to time. That means that the poor little innocent babies of sick mommies or rape victims have less right to live than all the other poor little innocent babies? You're willing to pick and choose which poor little innocent babies live and which die. What greater hypocrisy can exist then the hypocrisy of deciding which live or die

  • forautumn Feb 3, 2012

    I wonder why some conservatives worry about issues that they really don't affect them? No one is forcing anyone to do anything...yet folks like casp get so worked up over it.

    Funny stuff.....guess it makes up for no real life outside the internet. right, little girl?

  • forautumn Feb 3, 2012

    "since abortions are so great why do dems fight to make the women watch what happens to the baby during an abortion? Don't you want to see the baby do everything it can to get away from the needle before it pictures them and fills it full of poison?c'mon now that is your body and your choice watch what your choice does to another that has no choice"

    wow...more intellect from the "compassionate" conservative.

    poor little girl.

  • OnlyTheBestWillDo Feb 3, 2012

    casp3r - 2 thumbs up : )

  • forautumn Feb 3, 2012

    "Thanks for helping me make my point and in supporting my "agenda""

    LOL..you didn't have a point, only an agenda. You used misleading data to try to make a fact.

    Just because you keep saying it doesn't make it true...someday you will be smart enough to understand. maybe.

  • warbirdlover Feb 3, 2012

    Why can't women just go pay for their mamograms, they are not that expensive. If you have a cell phone, you can afford a mamogram. Just people wanting something for nothing.

  • casp3r Feb 3, 2012

    since abortions are so great why do dems fight to make the women watch what happens to the baby during an abortion? Don't you want to see the baby do everything it can to get away from the needle before it pictures them and fills it full of poison?c'mon now that is your body and your choice watch what your choice does to another that has no choice.

  • BossRotton Feb 3, 2012

    So they resign ? good..I know people looking for work....

  • GravyPig Feb 3, 2012

    @Bench - Well said. I couldn't agree more.

  • anotherconcernedcitizen Feb 3, 2012

    "Out of the 9 million spent in that year by PP, 255k went for abortions...over 900k went to Breast cancer services."

    No matter what the $'s are, the fact still remains, SGK helps fund the killing of babies at the hands of PP. You can't ignore the fact that even at $450/baby killed (PP rate) still equals 567 babies killed for the $255k. Thanks for helping me make my point and in supporting my "agenda"

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