April 17, 2012
Susan G. Komen for the Cure continues to fund Planned Parenthood even as it appears to be taking a hit following recent controversy, Baptist Press reports. The world's leading breast cancer charity will fund at least 17 Planned Parenthood affiliates this year, one fewer than it funded last year, according to a report by the Washington Post. The total given to Planned Parenthood this year has yet to be determined, but Komen's grant to the abortion provider last year totaled $680,000. This news follows various accounts that donations to Komen and participation in its popular fundraising races have declined since early February, when it announced it would defund Planned Parenthood but then backtracked three days later. Komen recently acknowledged it had struggled to meet its goals in about half the events held since the controversy, and the organization fell from No. 2 to No. 56 in the yearly Harris Poll ranking the "brand health" of nonprofits. "In reality, Komen has alienated both ends of the ideological spectrum now," said pro-life blogger Jill Stanek. "But it would have fared better sticking with pro-lifers."