Komen, Planned Parenthood And Women’s Health

Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood. A reversal and what’s going on with women’s health?

In this Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 photo, the box for a Sephora Collection Pink Eyelash Curler is displayed in Philadelphia. (AP)

In this Monday, Oct. 10, 2011 photo, the box for a Sephora Collection Pink Eyelash Curler is displayed in Philadelphia. (AP)

A wild blow-up last week in the world of women’s health. Breast cancer and mammograms, family planning and abortion all clanging in a three-day storm of controversy. On terrain normally treated as off-limits to our fiercest politics.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation pulled its funding from Planned Parenthood. The world of pink ribbons and walks for a breast cancer cure went ballistic. Komen backed down. Now what? Even this mission, it turns out, has its factions.

This hour, On Point: after blow-up and resolution, what we just learned about the world of women’s health.

-Tom Ashbrook


Sarah Kliff, a staff writer for the Washington Post.

Dr. Susan Love, president of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes and funds breast cancer research.

Mona Charen, conservative syndicated columnist.

Leslie Durgin, senior vice president of public policy and communications for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains.

From Tom’s Reading List

Washington Post “The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation announced Friday that it would revise a new policy that barred the organization from funding Planned Parenthood, a move that had thrust the breast cancer foundation into a national controversy.”

National Review “It’s official. The Komen Foundation has “apologized” for its Planned Parenthood decision and appears set to reinstate the funding*, thus making our editorial this morning both premature and, in a more profound sense, too late. So, you’re on notice: If you currently donate to PP, you may never stop doing so.”

Time “Richards credited social media with creating and sustaining a wave of outrage over Komen’s decision to terminate funding for breast screening services to Planned Parenthood affiliates around the nation.”

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