Indeed, Komen should not fund Planned Parenthood, for a variety of reasons. First, though Komen’s grants are intended for breast exams and services, money given to Planned Parenthood is fungible and serves to support the other work (the main work) of the nation’s leading performer and promoter of abortions. Statistics show that the more money Planned Parenthood receives, the (many) more abortions it performs. To support Planned Parenthood is to support the large-scale (about one-third of a million each year) killing of innocent human beings by abortion. And that, ironically, contradicts the same principle of human dignity that grounds Komen‘s efforts to help women and end the scourge of breast cancer.
Second, even if Komen’s leaders have no qualms about the killing of abortion, it makes little sense to entangle a non-political breast cancer charity with the abortion industry. Many, many people who care deeply about fighting breast cancer cannot in good conscience support Komen if the group supports Planned Parenthood. Abortion advocates say the Komen decision to cut off funds was a “politicizing” of the issue of women’s health. On the contrary: Deciding to fund a hyper-political, extremely-controversial abortion business in the first place was a politicizing of Komen’s work. Komen needs to get out.
Third, Planned Parenthood doesn’t even offer mammograms — it refers women to other places that do offer mammograms. Does it not make more sense for Komen to focus valuable breast cancer funds on those other providers that offer real breast health services? Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of Komen, said (in explaining the cut-off decision) that Komen had developed better funding criteria that will prioritize “higher impact programs.” She explained: “Wherever possible, we want to grant to the provider that is actually providing the lifesaving mammogram.” That rules out Planned Parenthood. To best advance the cause of combating breast cancer, money should be more effectively spent.