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Komen's Planned Parenthood Decision Raising Eyebrows Online

BY Miranda Neubauer | Wednesday, February 1 2012

Online campaigns have begun to organize in response to news that the breast cancer group Susan G. Komen for the Cure would be cutting its financing to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening and education programs. According to the news reports, Komen says the decision is not in response to pressure from anti-abortion groups, as Planned Parenthood alleges. Rather, a spokesperson told the A.P., the main factor is a new rule adopted by Komen that prohibits grants to organizations being investigated by local, state or federal authorities. Currently, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) is looking in to how Planned Parenthood spends and reports its money. "Susan G. Komen" has been trending on Google since yesterday.

Credo.org has launched a petition, writing that, "In abruptly pulling nearly $1,000,000 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." The petition further states: "Tell the board of Susan G. Komen: Don't throw Planned Parenthood under the bus! Don't cave to anti-woman extremists and cut off funding for breast cancer screenings at the largest provider of health care for women."

This afternoon, MoveOn sent out an e-mail with the subject "Susan G. Komen did what?!", encouraging members to sign a petition to "Tell Susan G. Komen for the Cure, "Don't bow to anti-choice pressure. Reestablish breast health funding for Planned Parenthood affiliates."

On Causes.com, Allison Fine launched a campaign called "Komen Kan Kiss My Mammogram" to raise $ 1 million for Planned Parenthood. So far, 78 members have joined the initiative, and have raised $1,000. Fine, in the interests of disclosure, is an occasional consulting partner of Personal Democracy Media's editorial director, Micah Sifry.

Since the news of Komen's move broke yesterday, mentions of Komen on Twitter have skyrocketed.