After briefly pulling its funding earlier this year, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has gone to great lengths to assure the public of its support for Planned Parenthood. Though the foundation does not typically fund organizations that are under investigation, which is why it originally pulled the money, the Komen foundation quickly amended its policies to make them "right and fair," thereby enabling the donations to continue.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure typically grants Planned Parenthood close to $600,000 annually, and this year its associated affiliates (particularly those in New Jersey) have made that number closer to $1.2 million.
“Planned Parenthood was found worthy in terms of its patient education and how they measure up to our priorities in meeting the needs of women and men in our community,” Komen North Jersey spokeswoman Kathi Edelson Wolder said of an independent panel’s review of their grant applicants.
So, how has this affected the public's support for the Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure, an enormously popular event to cure breast cancer?
According to CBS St. Louis, enrollment numbers for the large St. Louis Race for the Cure are down a staggering amount, from 71,000 two years ago to roughly 44,000 this year.
The CBS article, however, gives a different interpretation as to why numbers are so low. Arguing it was really the brief suspension of donations that caused the change, the article reads:
Saturday’s annual Komen Race for the Cure is the first one to be held following Komen’s controversial decision to withdraw funding for breast exams from Planned Parenthod.
Even though the decision was quickly reversed, it was clear damage had been done to Komen’s reputation as many former supporters remained angry about the whole ordeal.
So far this year, Komen’s St. Louis chapter claims to have the second largest registration to this point, around 44,000…trailing only Rome Italy’s 50,000 or so.
But even this highly supportive city has seen a drop in numbers.
Perhaps it's a mixture of both. Either way, perhaps organizations that fund cancer research would do best if they didn't involve themselves with organizations that provide late-term sex-selective abortions, or provide advice on trafficking underage sex-slaves to make it "look as legit as possible."
(H/T: Gateway Pundit)