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Komen of Triangle 'saddened, angry' by national charity's decisions

Posted February 13, 2012

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— The local affiliate of breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure said Monday it was "saddened, angry and disappointed" with decisions the organization made at a national level to pull grant funding to Planned Parenthood.

Komen later reversed its decision, but chief development officer for Komen NC Triangle Bill Peck said in a statement Monday that the actions "will continue to create questions regarding corporate governance and leadership at the national level."

Komen announced last month that it would exclude Planned Parenthood, which provides a range of women's health care services including abortions, from future grants for breast-cancer screenings because it was under congressional investigation.

The charity cited a probe backed by anti-abortion groups and launched by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., to determine if Planned Parenthood improperly spent public money on abortions. Planned Parenthood says taxpayer money is strictly separated.

The breast cancer charity reversed course after its decision created a three-day firestorm of criticism. Members of Congress and Komen affiliates accused the group's national leadership of bending to pressure from anti-abortion activists. 

Peck said those decisions were made without the input of local affiliates and that Komen NC Triangle had raised its concerns with the charity's national leadership.

"We sincerely regret how these decisions may have negatively impacted the community's view of Susan G. Komen, but we want everyone to know that we remain focused on providing resources to the women in our local community that need support," Peck said. "There is still so much to be done."

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  • affirmativediversity Feb 14, 2012

    "That's ok. I donate enough to PP for you, me and both our parents and siblings"
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    "I support the church's decision as I respect every employers decision to not be forced to pay for a specific area of health care they don't agree with.

    I'm an employer and have 18 full time, exempt employees. I provide excellent medical, dental but not psychological care. Why? It's my choice as an employer. I don't want the government telling me what I have to provide. I have that choice. I want that same choice if I choose with my own body.

    Make sense? I can't explain it any more elementary than that." per brmyspots

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    Interesting that you support and give money to charitable abortion clinics BUT do not support providing mental health services as part of your employees health coverage.

    Completely irrelevant to the subject at hand...and I support what should be your right to choose how you spend your money...

    Your choice, however, is illuminating!

  • affirmativediversity Feb 14, 2012

    Now I can decide whether I want to donate to Planned Parenthood or not.....uhmm, NOT! affirmativediversity

    That's ok. I donate enough to PP for you, me and both our parents and siblings. per brmyspots

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    Sounds to me like the big loser is going to be Susan G Komen then...because I'm sure I'm not alone when I say...if I give money to a cause believing it is doing one thing with my money, only to find out they are doing something else with it...then THEY LOSE MY SUPPORT...

    Now, if you want to tell me that Planned Parenthood secretly gives money to some organization that helps poor or minority women pay for in vitro fertilization treatments they couldn't otherwise afford...then I'll revisit my dislike and opinion of these particular "charitable" aborition clinics.

  • brmyspots Feb 14, 2012

    Now I can decide whether I want to donate to Planned Parenthood or not.....uhmm, NOT! affirmativediversity

    That's ok. I donate enough to PP for you, me and both our parents and siblings.

  • brmyspots Feb 14, 2012

    So, where do you stand on the freedom of religion issue with the Catholic Church not being willing to pay for contraceptive devices for its employees ? If it is all about choice, I would presume you wholeheartedly support the church's position. Baddayforbutch

    I support the church's decision as I respect every employers decision to not be forced to pay for a specific area of health care they don't agree with.

    I'm an employer and have 18 full time, exempt employees. I provide excellent medical, dental but not psychological care. Why? It's my choice as an employer. I don't want the government telling me what I have to provide. I have that choice. I want that same choice if I choose with my own body.

    Make sense? I can't explain it any more elementary than that.

  • affirmativediversity Feb 14, 2012

    "We sincerely regret how these decisions may have negatively impacted the community's view of Susan G. Komen, but we want everyone to know that we remain focused on providing resources to the women in our local community that need support," Peck said

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    Really? I always thought when I gave to the Susan B Komen charity I was giving money to conduct research into breast cancer...

    Thanks for letting me know my money really goes to places like Planned Parenthood...

    Now I can decide whether I want to donate to Planned Parenthood or not.....uhmm, NOT!

  • anonemoose Feb 14, 2012

    SGK will not get anymore of my money or volunteer support.

  • lizard Feb 14, 2012

    I'm not supporting Komen anymore. I never knew they were giving away money to Planned Parenthood. Now I know how a fraud victim feels.

  • BadDayforButch Feb 14, 2012

    Difficult as it may be for your feeble pointy little head, it's not about abortion or life. It's about the government telling a woman what she can/can't do with her body.

    Imagine getting into a car wreck and all you have is a broken leg. "You go to the hospital and they tell you the only option is amputation. You don't want amputation but they smack you on the head, then amputate your leg against your wishes. You had no choice. That's what this is about. Having a choice."

    So, where do you stand on the freedom of religion issue with the Catholic Church not being willing to pay for contraceptive devices for its employees ? If it is all about choice, I would presume you wholeheartedly support the church's position.

  • BadDayforButch Feb 14, 2012

    Wonder if Peck can clarify which part of the actions he was disappointed in ? Was it the cutting off of funds to PP or the reinstatement of the funds to PP ?

  • Kilroywashere Feb 14, 2012

    @rickharper

    Ok, you said the magic words, I'm done. You just can't reason with someone who says that 4 is not 4, but it's really 3 instead.

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