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Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood: The Bigger Story

Washington’s Blog [1]
February 6, 2012

Planned Parenthood and the Susan G. Komen Foundation: The Bigger Story?

While giant breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood – and it’s reversal in the face of a backlash – is certainly newsworthy, there may be a much bigger story.

As the Daily Beast notes [2], this is more about business than charity:

The competition for big bucks is fierce, and she has inevitably left a number of disgruntled charities in her wake, among them small-town philanthropies who use “for the cure” as part of their message. These include “Kites for the Cure,” “Cupcakes for a Cure,” and “Mush for the Cure,” which involves sled-dog racing.

Some of these have complained that they have faced legal threats from Komen, have little money to fight back, and feel squelched by the powerful group.

“Komen plays hardball and is determined to stay on top,” says a member of another cancer organization, who declined to be identified. “Let’s be honest about all this: people think of breast cancer as a charity, but it’s really a major business.

And if even half of what these doctors claim [3] is true, then the entire “cancer business” is riddled with fraud and corruption. If true, then – without doubt – that’s the bigger story.