Komen Sees Huge Drop in Support After Planned Parenthood Funding
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com
Komen affiliates are seeing huge drops in support — in terms of the number of walkers participating in events and
the amount of donations coming in — following its decision to
re-establish funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.
KMOX reports that one of the largest Komen walks in the country, in St. Louis, saw almost half the
number of walkers this time as it did the year prior.
So far this year, Komen's St. Louis chapter claims to have the second largest registration to this point,
around 44,000 – trailing only Rome Italy's 50,000 or so. But even this highly supportive city has seen a drop in
It's something that Helen Chesnut, executive director of the St. Louis affiliate, says they have to move
past while remaining focused on their goal of raising money for breast cancer research.
UPI indicates a New Jersey Komen chapter is hundreds of thousands of dollars shy of its goal.
"No matter what is happening in the outside world we stay concentrated on our mission," Chesnut tells KMOX
News. "The only losers in any kind of controversy are usually those who need the help the most, and that's the
reason why we can't be distracted."
Two years ago St. Louis participation in the annual event hit a record of more than 71,000. Three days before
Saturday's 14th annual race, around 44,000 have signed up to take part.
The North Jersey group said it is about $300,000 shy of its fundraising target, The (Newark) Star-Ledger
reported. The chapter's fiscal year ends July 1. Robin Ventura, the board president, said the local Race for the
Cure, the premier fundraising event, had about 2,500 fewer registrants this year than in 2011. Last year, the
chapter raised $1.5 million, for the first time bringing in more than its target. This year, it set a goal of
The cure for what ails Komen is pretty simple. Spend less money funding the nation's biggest abortion business
and put more effort into finding cures for breast cancer and helping women by informing them that abortion is
linked to breast cancer and responsible for
killing as many as 300,000 women in the United States alone.
"This is not something that will be replaced by the federal government or anything else," Ventura said. "This is
just money that will not get to where it needs to go."