Central Texas Komen Race for the Cure and Grants to Planned Parenthood
Refutation of the Media Matters (and Cecile Richards) claim that Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood Waco has not performed a single mammogram. Planned Parenthood Waco is nothing more than a funding channel for the Central Texas Komen Race for the Cure. For several years, unfortunately and unnecessarily, Central Texas Komen grants have gone to Planned Parenthood in Waco. Click here and see the 2010 Planned Parenthood newsletter which clearly states that Planned Parenthood Waco is no more than a conduit for Komen money. Actual mammography and any needed follow-up are performed at Hillcrest and Providence hospital facilities in Waco. Planned Parenthood in Waco has, however, committed close to 20,000 abortions. There is ample evidence that abortions are a risk factor for breast cancer.
Each year, the Komen Central Texas Race for the Cure is held in downtown Waco.
Pro-Life Waco continues to educate about the unfortunate and unnecessary alliance between the Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood Waco. There are two big issues. First, the Komen Foundation refuses to acknowledge the evidence that abortion is a risk factor for breast cancer. Clearly, women deserve to know all about risk factors for breast cancer. Second, approximately 20% of the Komen affiliates nationally make grants to the nation’s abortion leader--Planned Parenthood. The grants amount to over a half million dollars annually. The Waco grant has been $45,000 for several years.
The Planned Parenthood grant in Waco is for mammography and follow-up care. Planned Parenthood does not actually deliver these services. Rather, Planned Parenthood just funnels to Komen money to real health care facilities that serve women.
This financial slight-of-hand polishes the image of Planned Parenthood while tarnishing the image of Komen.
Pro-Life Waco took its challenge to a new level in 2008 by displaying the special billboard in downtown Waco. You can see the billboard at the top of this page.
After the billboard had been on display for several days, the Waco Tribune Herald printed an editorial critical of the billboard. This resulted in thousands more Central Texans could see the billboard image. The editorial also triggered over two dozen pro and con letters to the editors on the Komen/PP entanglement controversy.