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April 15, 2014

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Letter to the editor:

Komen insensitive to contributors

Regarding the recent stories about Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and Planned Parenthood:

In my opinion, the Komen foundation doesn’t have the moral right to take money donated to it to fight cancer and donate it to an organization doing something else, regardless of how meritorious that organization’s work might be.

Like most people, I’ve always understood that the Komen foundation is dedicated to fighting cancer, particularly breast cancer.

If contributors to Komen want to support Planned Parenthood, as well, that’s fine; they can give their money directly.

Komen isn’t the United Way and shouldn’t try to be.

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  1. It seems that they should be able to give money to someone like Planned Parenthood if the money is being used to do things that are within the scope of their mission. Planned Parenthood provide breast and cervical cancer screenings and other related services and that would seem to be within the mission of the Komen foundation. The problem is that money is fungible and unless PP jumps through a lot of hoops, it is hard to say that some of the money is not supporting abortions or other services. But if Komen's money was only a small portion of what was spent on cancer related services, it would seem unlikely that it was providing any support for other areas. Komen's mistake was not coming out early and explaining what it was trying to do and showing how the money got spent. Pulling and then replacing the funding just created animus on several fronts.

  2. Mr. Davis,

    In my opinion, people with a religious agenda have no right to impose their religious morals on anyone else.

    In the private sector, nothing is stopping you from looking at what any given charitable institution does with their money. If you disagree with how it is used, then don't donate to them. Simple.

    You don't have the right to tell them to stop doing whatever you disagree with, and you especially don't have the right to pass laws to force them to stop, not based upon religion anyway.