Komen’s Motives Questionable

Komen’s Motives Questionable

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Last week, the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure announced its new criteria for funding, which essentially left Planned Parenthood out in the cold. Congressman Cliff Steams (R-Fla.) called for an investigation of practices used by Planned Parenthood in its pre-abortion counseling and referral, most likely contributing to the foundation’s defunding announcement.
After three days of public backlash, the organization reversed its decision, and said Planned Parenthood was welcome to apply for grants through the Komen Foundation.
Well that was quick. Maybe the light is being shone on the wrong situation?
Many influential non-profits help fund Komen. The American Cancer Society, March of Dimes and Girl Scouts of America all contribute without much public knowledge or care.
Every time a person donates to a cause, whether through a 5K walk or a carwash, most would assume that a good chunk of the money directly funds the disease or country in need. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Where is all the money going?
According to Komen’s 2009 tax return, only 24 percent of its annual budget was spent on research. Thirty-four percent of its total budget went to public education.
Raise your hand if you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. That knowledge cost the foundation $140 million in 2010.
According to the komen.org, public health education entails “bringing quality breast care to women of all backgrounds, energizing a new generation of women and saving lives with early detection.”
Which organization is in the moral wrong here? The one that offers health advice and emotional support to scared girls across the nation, or the one that profits off impotent, gutless support of a cause with intangible goals?
Our eyes are on you now, Komen, and you have no one to blame but yourselves. Because people don’t like fakers; no matter their political affiliations or personal beliefs. It took three days for Komen to reverse its position? That’s it? It leads us to wonder what caused the flip, morality or money?
When October rolls around again, let’s not just dutifully don our pink ribbons and shirts. Let’s ask ourselves: “Do they deserve it?”

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