February 1, 2012
The Republican plan to defund Planned Parenthood is working — but if we take action now we may be able to stop the latest attack on women’s right to health care.
It was just announced that Susan G. Komen for a Cure, America’s largest charity to fight breast cancer, will no longer fund a program that provides free or low-cost breast cancer screenings for millions of women who get their health care from Planned Parenthood.1 This is a huge blow.
In abruptly pulling nearly $1,000,000 in funding for breast cancer screenings, the Susan G. Komen foundation cited a sham “investigation” into Planned Parenthood launched by Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns, one of the most militant anti-choice members of Congress.2 We have to stand up and fiercely defend Planned Parenthood — and show Susan G. Komen and others who are considering caving to the radical right that we will not let extremists defund health care providers for women who include reproductive health services.
Tell the board of Susan G. Komen: Don’t throw Planned Parenthood under the bus! Don’t cave to anti-woman extremists and cut off funding for breast cancer screenings at the largest provider of health care for women.
You may recall the so-called investigation was launched by Rep. Stearns last fall after Congress failed to pass bill after bill to defund reproductive health services to women. Stearns’ investigation, which was challenged by over 100,000 CREDO Action members, was nothing more than a blatant attempt to tie up Planned Parenthood’s staff and resources in a politically motivated investigation. And now its being used by anti-woman activists to go after Planned Parenthood’s non-governmental funding.
It’s clear that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates have not broken the law and didn’t deserve the investigation launched against them. The Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General along with state Medicaid programs already audit Planned Parenthood. These audits have not revealed any pattern of behavior that would warrant Congressional investigation.
Millions of women support the Susan G. Komen charity through its Race for the Cure and other programs to fight breast cancer, many of whom support Planned Parenthood and are clients of its clinics. But now the board of Susan G. Komen, is supporting the Republicans’ attacks on Planned Parenthood by citing the politically motivated Congressional investigation as the basis for its decision to defund Planned Parenthood.
Because many of the women who support Susan G. Komen also support Planned Parenthood, a massive and immediate pushback from us could make them reverse their decision.