Last year the Komen foundation donated nearly $700,000 dollars to Planned Parenthood to fund breast cancer screenings. Komen says it is withholding that money this year because the organization is under congressional investigation.
The donation cuts have repercussions across the nation, but Indiana Planned Parenthood’s Director of Marketing and Communications Jon Mills says the announcement will not affect Indiana chapters.
“Here in Indiana, Planned Parenthood of Indiana is not funded directly by Komen, so our 28 health centers are not impacted fiscally,” he says. “So we’re continuing to focus on serving the patients that we do see.”
Associate Professor of Public Environmental Affairs Beth Gazley says since the announcement, Komen is the one that has faced backlash.
“If you look at this from the point of view of who’s being more consistent over time with their missions and in terms of gathering support for their own missions, Planned Parenthood wins that argument,” Gazley says.
In fact, Gazley says Planned Parenthood may not have been hurt at all.
“Those people still support Planned Parenthood, and what Komen has done is given one more reason to support Planned Parenthood,” she says. “In fact, over the last 24 hours, Planned Parenthood has replaced all of that $680,000.”
Planned Parenthood says it performed more than 14,000 breast exams in Indiana last year. Mills says they will continue to offer that service even without the Komen donation.