Mixed reaction after foundation pulls funding

Susan G. Komen Foundation abandons Planned Parenthood

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has opted to stop funding breast cancer screenings for Planned Parenthood.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation has opted to stop funding breast cancer screenings for Planned Parenthood.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A controversial decision Wednesday by the Susan G. Komen Foundation set off a tidal wave of both criticism and support.

Shortly after the foundation announced it would be pulling its funding from Planned Parenthood, supporters have been coming out in droves, giving to Planned Parenthood.

In less than 24 hours, donors have contributed more than $650,000 to Planned Parenthood, which is nearly the amount the group stands to lose.

"I usually do their race every year, the Race for the Cure, those types of things, and until they change their position, I will not be doing that, giving them any money," said Cheyenne Palmer, who's boycotting Susan G. Komen.

"They do a lot of good things for women, I understand that. But it's just as simple as this -- abortion stops a beating heart," said Michael Bova, who supports the foundation's decision.

After the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced it wouldn't fund breast screenings and mammograms provided by Planned Parenthood, reaction was strong and vocal.

For Planned Parenthood, a lot of their support has come in the form of dollars and cents.

"People come out and stand up against bullying, especially when we're attacking women's health care in this way," said Staci Fox, of Planned Parenthood of North Florida.

Fox said even though no chapters in Florida receive money from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 19 of Planned Parenthood's chapters nationally do.

Bruce Grob, executive director of the North Florida Susan G. Komen Foundation, said he finds the move to pull that funding disappointing. He said the money is geared toward helping the uninsured get screenings and mammograms.

"We've had individuals who are upset by the decision and have told us that they will no longer support Susan G. Komen, this affiliate, unless something changes," Grob said.

The foundation said it's cutting those funds because it has a policy not to give money to groups under investigation. A House committee began investigating Planned Parenthood last fall.

"We're just trying to kind of weather it and let folks know that we understand their frustration and understand their anger," Grob said.