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San Diego Komen Office Receives Death Threats

Aired 2/3/12 on KPBS News.

The San Diego affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure received two email death threats following the announcement that the national organization was cutting funding to Planned Parenthood.

The San Diego affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure received email death threats after the announcement that the national organization was cutting funding to Planned Parenthood, according to Laura Farmer Sherman, executive director of the Kearny Mesa office.

Sherman added that three sponsors have pulled their funding.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure reversed its decision Friday to end grants to Planned Parenthood.

Offices of Planned Parenthood are seen on April 8, 2011 in Burbank, California
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Above: Offices of Planned Parenthood are seen on April 8, 2011 in Burbank, California

"We see it as a political witch hunt, and we don't use those words lightly." Some friends and supporters of the pink ribbon campaign are seeing red as the Susan G. Komen breast cancer charity cuts off money to Planned Parenthood.

Now one of the country's most popular and high profile charities is under fire, accused of playing politics. Over the years, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has partnered with Planned Parenthood to pay for thousands of breast exams and mammograms. Now, that money is going away and Local 12 News Reporter Joe Webb found some believe the Komen Foundation was bullied by anti- abortion forces.

Komen has adopted new criteria for grants. It no longer grants money to organizations under investigation. the Congressman who led the fight last year to defund Planned Parenthood has called for an investigation.

Planned Parenthood says that was politically motivated and now the Komen people are following suit.

Last September 24th, nearly 13,000 walkers and runners hit the streets of Cincinnati for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. $670,000 was raised to fight breast cancer. Over the years, Bobbi Montgomery has walked two or three times and sponsored other walkers. Her support stopped with yesterday's announcement. "I have only a certain amount of money to give to worthy causes and any money I would have given to Komen I will now funnel to Planned Parenthood."

Like so many others, Bobbi thinks Komen's cut is a bow to anti-abortion political forces fighting Planned Parenthood. No one from the local Susan G. Komen organization would speak on camera today. Their founder and CEO posted a video statement on YouTube. "Contrary to what people are saying, we are not pulling any existing grants. Current grants are not affected. As we move forward we will implement these new strategies that will allow us to serve even more women. We will never bow to political pressure. We will always stand firm in our goal to end breast cancer forever."

Southwest Ohio's Planned Parenthood gets no grant money from the Komen Foundation but feels there is a significant indirect impact. They feel they've lost a partner in the fight for healthy women. "I do hope we can heal this rift between our organization and Susan G. Komen...a rift that was not created by anyone internally in these organizations but by bullies outside who are pressuring them to make a decision that looks like us to be a political witch hunt."

Susan G. Komen for the Cure gives about $700,000 a year in grants to Planned Parenthood. The money paid for about 170,000 breast exams and 6400 mammograms over the past five years. Planned Parenthood says they expect to recover that loss and more with additional donations that come in as more people hear about the cuts.

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Avatar for user 'Pondering1'

Pondering1 | February 3, 2012 at 9:24 a.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood does alot more than breast cancer screenings. I suggest you research the painful past and unfortunate events of Planned Parenthood founders.

KPBS does a great job interviewing Planned Parenthood and feminist supports. I thought this was public radio! How about interviewing the other side? There are plenty of bright, successful, career oriented, loving women/wives/mothers out there that don't agree with the feminist agenda.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 3, 2012 at 11:05 a.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

Pondering, this is not about feminism or ideology, it's about making women's health the first priority, ahead of politics.

PP treats anyone regardless of their political views, and they have have saved many lives, yet political creeps continue to demonize them and make them a scapegoat for the abortion issue, something that is only around 3% or less of their services.

PP is reputable, they have come out clean in every politically-motivated audit requested by congress to ensure no government money is used for abortions, and many women who otherwise would not have access to basic health needs have been served. Everything they do is within the law of the United States of America, and quite frankly I am sick and tired of the foul jerks who keep trying to destroy them.

Don't like PP? Then don't use their services. But don't take access away from the people who actually use and need PP's services.

The next time some over-fed glutinous right-wing super-rich politician with a history of serial adultery gets on their pious soapbox and tries telling women what they can and can't do with their body, they should be smacked right off that soapbox and called out on their own disgusting hypocrisy.

I have been disappointed in how the war on PP seemed to not matter to Americans for years, but yesterday and today I finally saw proof that Americans appreciate and support PP and women's reproductive rights. There was a gigantic outrage, I saw it erupt at work, on blogs, on facebook - people were livid - and this is why a stunned Komen foundation did a complete reversal today.

I'm glad to see the public has FINALLY woken up on this issue, and I hope we see this outrage the next time hypocrite jerks in politics try and slither their slimy tentacle into the women's health arena And try and take away a woman's right to make choices about her own body!!

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Everest | February 3, 2012 at 1:07 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

all this stuff abpout right wing pols (jerks with tentacles -do jerks have tentacles?) and feminism seems a bit off topic. I for one an glad this issue came up. As a cancer survivor I am glad this came up because I did not know that money I gave to Komen and I feel taken advantage of because i assumed it cancer but found out today it went to an organization that also kills women in the womb (yes you can describe it in other ways if you choose).
You can continue to support both orgs i just wish I had been better informed I thought I was was funding only research to save . Some one posted that the killing is only 3%. Does that make it better? Please do not leave comments about choice, i do not know a girl chooses once she has been put in a garbage disposal, if you do you are smarter tham me and i won't understand your logic.

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Peking_Duck_SD | February 3, 2012 at 1:51 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

Everest, you obviously did not read the comments or the stories on this well.

The money Komen donates to PP does not go towards anything other than breast cancer related issues.

Nobody donating to Komen needed to be notified of anything, because all of Komen's donations go specifically to breast health regardless of if the organizations they give to happen to do other things as well.

In case you still aren't clear, here it is in bold so you quit spreading false information:

**Planned Parenthoods abortion services, which constitute 3% or less of their services, are funded solely through PP's private funds that are given to them directly. No government money, and no money donated to Komen's foundation goes towards abortions.**

Allowing a woman to choose what to do with her own body is the law of the land and most Americans support pro choice, according to polls. Your radical "killing" rants don't change this.

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liberalHeathen | February 3, 2012 at 6:34 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

Pondering: "feminist agenda"?!...so glad your husband allowed you to comment.

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Missionaccomplished | February 3, 2012 at 8:39 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

What is PP if not political?

I would have some respect if they had even just a shred of honesty.

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Missionaccomplished | February 3, 2012 at 8:44 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

"Now, that money is going away and Local 12 News Reporter Joe Webb found some believe the Komen Foundation was bullied by anti- abortion forces."

KPBS, I wasn't aware there was a Local 12 News, even on cable. But please elaborate on this "some believe blah blah blah." Sounds like flaky accusations to me. And what are you saying in the end? That the "On-demand" crowd doesn't bully itself?

Also, KPBS, be a little more thorough in your reporting. You could have named the congressman, his party, and the state he represents.

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josephmonroe | February 3, 2012 at 8:46 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

I really wish the religious right would quit trying to impose their ideology on other people. What other people do in their bedrooms and with their bodies is none of your business. Our country is not going to save itself by fighting over social issues, but by working hard to improve the economy we all share. You’re free to honor your religious and personal beliefs, but you are selfish to believe all others should be forced to behave in your ideal.

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Missionaccomplished | February 3, 2012 at 8:49 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

@PONDERING, I like KPBS and I've listened since the late 80s. There have been many changes. They are not perfect, but they are better than other media. One thing is for certain, which I too criticize them for. You will hear both sides of the so-called "war on terror," both sides of many other issues, but you will NEVER hear critics of intransigent homosexual demagogues or the "other side" of On Demand abortion.

Could donation sources have something to do with it?

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | February 3, 2012 at 9:20 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

Mission, it's sad that you consider people who advocate for gays having the same rights as everyone else "intransigent demagogues."

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josephmonroe | February 3, 2012 at 9:44 p.m. ― 2 years, 5 months ago

@ Missionaccomplished, “but you will NEVER hear critics of intransigent homosexual demagogues or the "other side" of On Demand abortion.”

Probably because in an intelligent and enlightened environment, those are non-issues.

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