This week’s congressional actions reflect a continued misunderstanding about Komen funding of Planned Parenthood programs.
Susan G. Komen Affiliates fund breast cancer screening and outreach programs at 11 Planned Parenthood centers in local communities, with grants totaling $465,000. This is far less than 1 percent of the nearly 1,300 community health grants that Komen and its Affiliates fund worldwide every year. In all, Komen has invested more than $1.8 billion in community health and education programs since its founding in 1982.
The funding to these 11 Planned Parenthood locations pays for breast health outreach and breast screenings for low-income, uninsured or under-insured individuals. These include clinical breast exams and referrals for mammograms if needed.
Komen does not and never has funded abortion or reproductive services at Planned Parenthood or any grantee.
Komen is the largest nonprofit funder of breast cancer research worldwide, at more than $847 million, second only to the federal government. Our research has contributed to the major advances in breast cancer treatment, prevention and screening.
We remain committed to serving those who need us while funding the research that has saved, and will continue to save, women’s lives.