In Sarasota, Planned Parenthood branch criticizes Komen decision to stop grants

02/02/12 Doug Driscoll
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This week a leading breast cancer foundation announced it will cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. Some have said the decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure was a reaction to pressure from pro-life groups opposed to Planned Parenthood because it provides abortion services. At a press conference in Sarasota yesterday Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida expressed its disappointment with the decision.

Barbara Zdravecky, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida says anti-abortion opponents are largely responsible for Komen’s decision to stop funding breast cancer health services at 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates.

In a video statement released yesterday, the Komen foundation said their decision was not politically motivated, and are applying, "more stringent eligibility and performance criteria.” One such clause reportedly prohibits funding organizations under local, state or federal investigations. Planned Parenthood is the subject of an on-going inquiry by the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, initiated by U.S Representative Cliff Stearns of Ocala.

However, a statement released by Stearns says they “… are continuing to work with Planned Parenthood in getting the requested record and documents.” and were not, “contacted by anyone at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure,” foundation.

One organization critical of Komen’s relationship with Planned Parenthood is the Coalition on Abortion / Breast cancer. In a phone interview spokesperson Karen Malec said the relationship contributes to the prevalence of breast cancer.

Planned Parenthood’s Zdravecky hopes the foundation will continue to provide grants to those who need it most.

Zdravecky says Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida hasn’t received Komen funding. An emergency fund has been created to generate additional funds for Planned Parenthood. It was kicked off by an anonymous donation of $250,000.

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Listener in St. Pete

Shame on you, Komen! Regardless of what the foundation's spokesperson says, this is a ridiculously obvious, politically motivated move meant to pander to big money right-wing contributors to Komen. You can be sure those same wealthy contributors do not have to worry about how they are going to pay for their next mammogram or OB/GYN visit. SHAME ON YOU, KOMEN!!!

Don't Give

This is why it's wrong to give to liberal charities. They never appreciate what's given to them and consider any donations to be their right and due. Just like when the fed stopped supporting public broadcasting, the beneficiaries forgot the decades of support and bitterly complained about THEIR MONEY being taken away.

Agreed JBS

The sense of entitlement in our society is mind numbing

liberal charities

Liberal charities are the ones that do not require someone to be rich or christian in order to get help, or respect. Perhaps the reason you are mad is because you think that everyone not rich or Christian owes you deference. Liberty cannot exist as long as people think that they deserve to be kowtowed too just because they are of a certain class, which only enjoys privilege because other shave given a lot from them, in blodd, work, and yes, TAXES! The sales taxes we pay alone are a larger part of income than most people. Yet you complain about public broadcasting, which is one of the few things offered for everyone, as opposed to fox news whose sole purpose is to stroke the egos of the rich and wanna be rich (so that their masters like Mitt can continue to enjoy most of the cream, while gothing nothing except pinkslips.) YOUR sense of entitlement is disgusting. If you do not like the idea that the public has a right to health care, then kindly stay off the roads, do not calle firefighters or cops, or use schools, or use anything that benifts from said schools, because YOU are the sort that benefitsd from them all, but whines whenever someone not you gets anything. And do not get me started on the biggest Tax leeches of all, CHURCHES!

Hey Liberal

Your tangential rant just made my brain explode, thanks. I just stated, "The sense of entitlement in our society is mind numbing" I'm simply saying handouts should be appreciated not expected.

heh heh heh heh

He said blodd.

I Rest My Case

Yep --that's the attitude I was talking about: a vicious sense of entitlement. When will we learn? Giving to liberal charities creates monsters like these.

on what

I'm not sure how your argument about public broadcasting applies; the airwaves belong to the people and are leased to for-profit corporations, with the stipulation that certain bands be reserved for public broadcasting. Yes, our tax money is supposed to support our airwaves. How is this 'liberal' or the product of 'a vicious sense of entitlement.' Don't you think we're entitled to things we pay for?

Charity Breeds Contempt

You are not making sense. First you say that for-profit corporations lease the airwaves. Then you say our taxes pay for it. I don't think you know what you're talking about. But, luckily for you, how the radio frequency spectrum is managed and paid for is not the issue. The issue is that charity only breeds contempt. And, for some reason, it seems to be especially true when the recipient of that charity is our American liberal class.

Hey mcd

"Yes, our tax money is supposed to support our airwaves" Oh really ?!!!!


ha ha -that shut him up. he didn't know what he was talking about. just wants the money --keep giving me the money --because I need it. Because other people paid taxes and that's the same as me paying.