Due to a Federal investigation of whether or not Planned Parenthood illegally misused funding for other processes to perform abortions, Komen withdrew funding under existing rules about federal investigations. The move prompted an active campaign by Abortionists and their friends to harm Komen. Similar to one against AT&T in 1991. Now, The Amy and Lee Fikes' Foundation of Bonanza Oil Co. in Dallas, pledged $250,000, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would match the next $250,000 and Credo, a mobile-phone company, promised $200,000 to fund Abortion firm Planned Parenthood.
"Planned Parenthood Federation of American received $400,000 from 6,000 donors as of Feb. 1. More pledges were made yesterday though the group didn't have an updated amount, said Shawn Rhea, an organization spokeswoman. Three large donors had surfaced: The Amy and Lee Fikes' Foundation, run by the head of closely held Bonanza Oil Co. in Dallas, pledged $250,000; New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he would match the next $250,000; and Credo, a mobile-phone company, promised $200,000.
The Komen foundation's decision not to continue grants for 16 of 19 local Planned Parenthood affiliates sparked questions about its motives after Planned Parenthood said the action was prompted by pressure from anti-abortion forces. Critics and supporters filled the Internet with comment and petitions.
"This is a difficult issue made more difficult by the gross mischaracterization" of Komen's intent, Elizabeth Thompson, the Dallas-based group's president, said yesterday in a conference call with reporters.
Komen initiated a review of grant criteria and included a rule denying money to any organization under federal, state or local investigation, Chief Executive Officer Nancy Brinker said during the call.
The foundation cited as a reason for withdrawing funding a probe by Representative Cliff Stearns, a Florida Republican and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, into whether New York-based Planned Parenthood is illegally using government money for abortions.
No other group has been told it won't be receiving grants under the new criteria, though some "probably do" provide abortions, Brinker said. "We ask a lot of questions" of grantees, "but that's not one of them."
Komen, which provides $93 million in grants to local communities for breast-cancer education, screening and treatment, is known for the pink ribbons it first distributed to breast-cancer survivors and participants of the Komen New York City Race for the Cure in 1991, according to its website. The foundation, among the largest breast-cancer advocacy groups in the U.S., also funds research on the disease. Brinker founded the group in 1982 after her sister, Susan G. Komen, died of breast cancer.
"The essence of the organization" has been obscured by the Planned Parenthood dispute, Brinker said on the call. "-San Francisco Chronicle (SF Gate) 'Komen Says Criticism Unfounded as Planned Parenthood Gains Funds' Elizabeth Lopatto and Anna Edney, Bloomberg News on Monday, February 6, 2012