Victory: You defended Planned Parenthood and Komen backed down

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Victory! Susan G. Komen for a Cure reverses decision to defund Planned Parenthood.

Dear Friend,

Your pressure worked. In a stunning turnaround, Susan G. Komen for a Cure has announced it is reversing its decision to defund Planned Parenthood.

While the witch hunt targeting Planned Parenthood will no doubt rage on, this is a huge win and an important precedent. At CREDO we are celebrating this victory, working to hold Komen accountable in the future, and letting the world know that we will fight back fiercely every time Planned Parenthood is attacked.

CREDO Action members led the massive pushback against the Susan G. Komen foundation after the organization announced it would no longer fund a program that provides free or low-cost breast cancer screenings for millions of women who get their health care from Planned Parenthood.1

Over 350,000 CREDO members stood up to defend Planned Parenthood and show Susan G. Komen and others who are considering caving to the radical right that we will not let extremists defund health care providers for women who include reproductive health services. We joined together with 330,000 members from MoveOn and UltraViolet, and countless others to create the massive pushback that forced Komen to change course and dramatically reverse its decision.

In abruptly pulling $700,000 in funding for breast cancer screenings, the Susan G. Komen foundation cited a sham "investigation" into Planned Parenthood launched by Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns, one of the most militant anti-choice members of Congress.2 In their statement reversing the decision, Komen CEO Nancy Brinker and the board of directors stated their intention to: "amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political."

We will be watching Susan G. Komen for a Cure vigilantly, to ensure that this reversal is a meaningful one and not mere spin. The foundation has restored eligibility to Planned Parenthood for future grants. Komen must approve the Planned Parenthood applications for funding that it rejected under the politically motivated grant rules it just rescinded, not merely restore eligibility for funding in the future. And the board that made this horrendous decision in the first place is still in charge of the organization. Not only that, but radical anti-choice and anti-Planned Parenthood activist Karen Handel remains in her position as chief policy officer.

Please know, while we are declaring victory for now — not just for winning this battle but for the precedent set — we will fight back fiercely and immediately should Komen pursue a backdoor strategy to defund Planned Parenthood in the future.

Susan G. Komen has reversed its decision. But it's time to end the witch hunt once and for all. Pledge to join CREDO in fighting back every single time Planned Parenthood is attacked. Click here to automatically sign the pledge.

You may recall the so-called investigation was launched by Rep. Stearns last fall after Congress failed to pass bill after bill to defund reproductive health services to women. Stearns' investigation, which was challenged by over 100,000 CREDO Action members, was nothing more than a blatant attempt to tie up Planned Parenthood's staff and resources in a politically motivated investigation. And now it has being used by anti-woman activists to go after Planned Parenthood's non-governmental funding. Komen foundation is not the only group under enormous pressure to undermine Planned Parenthood's ability to provide health care to women.

It's clear that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates have not broken the law and didn't deserve the investigation launched against them. The Department of Health and Human Services Inspector General along with state Medicaid programs already audit Planned Parenthood. These audits have not revealed any pattern of behavior that would warrant a Congressional investigation.

Susan G. Komen has reversed its decision. But it's time to end the witch hunt once and for all. Pledge to join CREDO in fighting back every single time Planned Parenthood is attacked. Click here to automatically sign the pledge.

It is appalling that Susan G. Komen would even think about ending their funding of a program that benefited millions of women who could otherwise not afford breast cancer screenings just because the health care provider is Planned Parenthood. But it's an amazing victory that our massive pushback was able to force them to change course. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated event. It's part of a devastatingly effective strategy by extremists on the right to destroy progressive institutions. We need to continue to fight back. Our victory has created a powerful precedent. We need to make sure that every institution that joins the witch hunt against Planned Parenthood faces the same massive public pushback.

After the demise of ACORN, Planned Parenthood has become Enemy Number One for Republicans in the increasingly extremist House of Representatives. We couldn't allow Susan G. Komen to cave to these extremists and end its relationship with Planned Parenthood, giving Rep. Stearns and his anti-woman allies in Congress a big win.

Republicans hoped that by instigating this investigation, without a shred of evidence to support it, they could weaken Planned Parenthood. We've won a big victory by convincing the Komen to reverse its decision. But the witch hunt isn't over yet.

CREDO is proud to be the largest corporate funder of Planned Parenthood, and to be delivering a donation of $200,000 this month to their clinics across the country. Every time the rightwing attacks Planned Parenthood, we will be there to defend them. Thanks for being part of this victory and for continuing to stand with CREDO and Planned Parenthood in the fights that are to come.

Help us end the witch hunt once and for all. Pledge to join CREDO in fighting back every single time Planned Parenthood is attacked.

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Thank you for standing up for Planned Parenthood.

Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets

1. "Susan G. Komen Halts Grants To Planned Parenthood," NPR, 01-13-2012.
2. Ibid.


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