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A Medical Student and Former Komen Affiliate Responds to the Foundation’s Recent Decision

I am a recent member of Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Young Women’s National Advisory Council, a previous director of Stony Brook University School of Medicine’s chapter of Medical Students for Choice, and a future family medicine physician. I was incredibly disappointed by Susan G. Komen’s recent decision to end its funding of breast health programs at Planned Parenthood affiliates across the United States.

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An Apology, But Not A Reversal, From the Susan G. Komen Foundation

The Komen Foundation’s statement says that it “will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.” But this is NOT a reversal of any kind.

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How Komen Flushed Their Brand in 24 Hours

I’d like to dissect how Komen for the Cure completely destroyed a brand 3 decades in the making and how they’re now a different organization with a different future (if they even have one), whether they like it or not. My goal here is to help people understand this so you don’t make the same mistakes.

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BREAKING: Komen Apologizes, Says Will Allow Planned Parenthood to Apply For Future Grants

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While a reversal of the decision is welcome, it also raises further questions. Komen denied yesterday that the de-funding had anything to do with investigations, even though their original memo said just that.  Instead they claimed that the decision was based on “new metrics” and the desire to do “direct service” grants. Now, however, they are back to the “investigations” reason. And, Planned Parenthood can “apply” for future grants but who knows what that means now?

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Roundup: Komen Story Keeps Changing As Outrage Grows and Group Becomes Increasingly Isolated

It seems that the Susan G. Komen Foundation did not think very carefully when making the decision to cut off breast cancer prevention grants to Planned Parenthood clinics. And Komen is becoming increasingly isolated as outrage grows.

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Komen Controversy Rages: Twenty-Two Senators Sign Letter Opposing Komen’s Actions

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Greg Sargeant of the Washington Post reports that the Komen controversy is “about to get significantly more intense [as] nearly two dozen Senators are set to enter the fray.” Twenty-two Democratic Senators have signed on to a strongly-worded letter urging Komen to reverse its decision.

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Top Komen Staffer Quit Over Policy Targetting Planned Parenthood; Others Point to Politics Behind Decision

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Writing in The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg reports that sources with direct knowledge of the Komen decision-making process said recent policies were adopted specifically to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.

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Standing with Planned Parenthood Without Apologizing for Abortion

We must stand with Planned Parenthood. But let’s not do so in a way that denies the extreme importance of all the services they provide. As advocates for reproductive justice, the last thing we can afford to do is allow ourselves to become complicit in the stigmatization of abortion.

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Susan G. Komen: Can You Trust a Breast Cancer Organization Whose Staff and Board Members Lie About Breast Cancer?

Can you trust a breast cancer organization whose staff and board lie about medical science, including breast cancer?

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In True Anti-Choice Coward Fashion, Komen Now Says Its Decision Was “For the Sake of Women”

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Now in its “spin-cycle,” Komen for the Cure is trying to justify its actions defunding critical breast cancer screening for the poor with a serious case of “pink-washing.” Their rationale? They care about women. So they lie to them and deny them services.

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