Friday, February 3, 2012

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation Backs Down to Planned Parenthood Bullying

WASHINGTON,DC (Catholic Online) - In a one sentence tweet the Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation revealed another dimension of the growing epidemic of bullying in the United States, bullying by Planned Parenthood. The tweet simply said, "We want to apologize for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives."

Like millions of other Pro-Life people, I received the news that Planned Parenthood had prevailed in this entire struggle with deep disappointment. I admired the courage originally displayed by this Foundation. It does such important work.

I also knew that any financial loss they might have incurred from Planned Parenthood bullying would have been far exceeded by contributions from the Defenders of the Right to Life who admired their proper decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood.

Komen had given over half a million dollars to Planned Parenthood this year alone. The money was supposed to be used for the noble purpose of breast cancer screening and breast health services. When they announced they would no longer grant Planned Parenthood any funds because they were under investigation, Planned Parenthood cried foul.

Planned Parenthood is the subject of a Congressional investigation for using tax payer funds for abortion services. In fact, there is a cloud over much of their operation for good reason.

The head of Planned Parenthood's digital bullying effort told the New York Times, "I think this was a tipping point for us. I think something has happened, where people are upset that two great organizations that have this shared mission were now in this difficult position. And so, we have been seeing that response through our supporters, some of whom were not our supporters before Tuesday afternoon."

Sadly, the epidemic of bullying seems to continue, unabated. Now, the largest abortion provider in the United States has displayed a digital form of bullying which should cause grave concern to all people of good will. Under its unrelenting media pressure, the Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation has backed down.

Planned Parenthood blamed the decision by the Susan G Komen Foundation to cease giving it grants on "anti-abortion activists". That means people who insist that the child in the womb is our neighbor. People who reject the profane idea that killing our first neighbors can ever be a "right" since it is always wrong to take innocent human life. People who defend the fundamental Human Right to Life of every person, no matter how small.

When an organization like Planned Parenthood receives a grant - or a subsidy - it may argue that it uses that particular money for a purpose other than the taking of innocent life through abortion, but the argument is a ruse. It is a deadly shell game. Money is fungible, or interchangeable. The very fact that the money came in allows other funds to be used for providing abortions.

Planned Parenthood is built on a lie. They dress themselves up as a "Health Care Provider" and include the taking of the lives of innocent children in the womb as a "service" under their offering of "reproductive services".

They have insinuated themselves into the global delivery of "medical services" and receive massive government funding. Included in these purported "medical services" is the killing of children in the womb through intentional abortion. It is the worst kind of child abuse. Abortion is lethal form of bullying.

No matter where you look these days there is a news report, commentary, study or conference on the growing National epidemic of bullying. One television network recently aired a multi-platform series on bullying. The National Education Association released statistics in 2010 indicating that every day 160,000 children miss school out of fear of some form of bullying, verbal, physical or cyber-bullying.

Bullying is a problem, but it is not a new phenomenon. It does appear to be on the increase and concern over bullying is legitimate. I have raised five children and now have six grandchildren. I have had to deal with the horrible effects of bullying in my effort to be a good father and grandfather.

Bullies are bred. Bullying is a symptom and not a disease. I have long contended there is a connection between abortion on demand and the increase of bullying.

We have lost the sense of the dignity of every human person as an unrepeatable gift from God. People are now objects of use, property not persons. This is a root of bullying and contributes to the growth of this behavior.

Now, Planned Parenthood has proven this point. Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation has backed down in the face of Planned Parenthood bullying.

Bullying begins in the womb. There, in the first home of the human race children are brutally bullied to death. They cannot be heard in their resistance. An entire class of persons relegated to the status of personal property can be disposed of for any reason by those more powerful.

These children are our first neighbors in the first home of the whole human race. They are killed by chemicals and surgical strikes and evicted from their first homes. That evil behavior is protected by the positive law and enforced by the police power of a State which has lost its soul.

In the words of now Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, "Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. ...I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child." It is time to get to the root of bullying. It begins in the womb and manifests itself in a culture of death and use.

I encourage our readers to pray for the leadership of Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation. I was taught as a child to never back down from a bully because it will only make matters worse. I still believe it.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Victory! Komen Foundation ends partnershi​p with Planned Parenthood

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, a leading charity for breast cancer, announced Tuesday that it is ceasing its partnership with Planned Parenthood in prevention screenings and education at the health centers across the nation.

Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun told The Associated Press that the cutoff results from the charity's newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. Aun said this applies to Planned Parenthood because it's the focus of an inquiry launched by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., seeking to determine whether public money was improperly spent on abortions.

According to a statement from Planned Parenthood, the Komen Foundation began informing local Planned Parenthoods in the past few weeks that their breast cancer initiatives would no longer be eligible for new grants beyond existing agreements.

Planned Parenthood said it had set up a Breast Health Emergency Fund to offset the support that 19 of its local programs are expected to lose from the Komen Foundation. But the organization on Tuesday did not disguise its disdain for anti-abortion groups that they blame for threatening the foundation for its partnership.

"We are alarmed and saddened that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation appears to have succumbed to political pressure. Our greatest desire is for Komen to reconsider this policy and recommit to the partnership on which so many women count," Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a statement released by the federation.

Planned Parenthood has been a continuous target of protests, boycotts and funding cutoffs because it is the largest provider of abortions in the nation. With almost 800 health centers in the U.S., the federation provides other services such as birth control, testing for sexually transmitted diseases and cancer screening.

Pro-life groups praised the action.

"As a breast cancer survivor, I applaud the decision made by the Komen Foundation to discontinue their partnership with the billion-dollar, abortion mega-provider, Planned Parenthood," Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest said. "The work of the Komen Foundation has life-saving potential and should not be intertwined with an industry dealing in death."

According to Planned Parenthood, its centers performed over 4 million breast exams in the past five years, almost 170,000 of them paid for by Komen Foundation grants.

"We're kind of reeling," said Patrick Hurd, who is CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia -- recipient of a 2010 grant from Komen. Hurd's wife, Betsi, is currently battling breast cancer.

"It sounds almost trite, going through this with Betsi, but cancer doesn't care if you're pro-choice, anti-choice, progressive, conservative," Hurd said. "Victims of cancer could care less about people's politics."

A statement issued by the Komen Foundation cited criteria for new grant-making and ensured there would be no gaps in its assistance.

"While it is regrettable when changes in priorities and policies affect any of our grantees, such as a long-standing partner like Planned Parenthood, we must continue to evolve to best meet the needs of the women we serve and most fully advance our mission," the statement said.

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