Expert: Komen Off-Again, On-Again with Planned Parenthood Calling Pink Ribbon Group’s Integrity Into Question

A Texas Tech expert in public policy can discuss how the move has affected perceptions of the non-profit breast cancer research foundation.

Pitch

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation apologized Friday for its decision three days earlier to pull funding for cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood. A Texas Tech expert in public policy can discuss how the move has affected perceptions of the non-profit breast cancer research foundation.

Expert

Helen Morrow, associate professor of social work, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-2400 or helen.morrow@ttu.edu.

Talking Points

  • Social workers may refer clients to Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood agencies for assistance to meet their needs for medical diagnosis or treatment.
  • This is especially true for women who lack health insurance.
  • Many indigent clients must use the services of both these agencies to ensure that their health care needs are met.
  • The waffling raises questions about the Komen Foundation’s management and its ability to yield easily to political pressure.
  • The rise of the Tea Party movement seems to have emboldened certain members of the right wing to be more confrontational concerning the Komen Foundation’s social agenda.

Quotes

  • “I suspect many Komen supporters, or previous supporters, may believe that the decision to no longer send funding for breast exams to Planned Parenthood was not a well-conceived decision, and that its potential negative impact was not fully considered.”
  • “The fact that they have now reversed this decision may simply increase the questions about management. It also shows that they are willing to bow to political pressure from the other side.”
  • “Potential donors may wonder if they can trust the administration of Komen to make good decisions in the future; they may wonder what the agency truly stands for at this point.”
  • “Those who were already opposed to Planned Parenthood and its services have probably not changed their minds. Those who support its services will probably continue to do so, just not through Komen.”
  • “In the immediate sense, funding or contributions to Planned Parenthood have increased. They almost made enough overnight for the money they lost overnight. I don’t expect that will continue. That will level off.”
  • “Susan G. Komen foundation may have fundraising issues. Contributors tend to back away when they get frustrated or suspicious about any agency whose integrity has been called into question.”