Komen website hacked amid growing backlash

2:39 PM, Feb 3, 2012   |    comments
Images from the Komen website: the top one showing the actual wording, the bottom image showing hacked text from early Thursday morning.
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ATLANTA (WXIA) - Backlash from the decision from Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision to end funding for Planned Parenthood has pushed up donations to Planned Parenthood to the tune of more than $650,000 in 24 hours, according to Planned Parenthood executives.

UPDATE | Komen to restore funds to Planned Parenthood

The local Atlanta arm of Susan G. Komen for the Cure issued a statement Thursday distancing itself from the actions of the national body, and pointing out that Atlanta's Planned Parenthood organization has never requested any funding from Komen's Atlanta branch.

"Komen Atlanta remains committed to ensuring that all women, especially the underserved, in our community have access to lifesaving breast cancer screening and support services. The decision regarding the funding of Planned Parenthood was made by Susan G. Komen for the Cure National Headquarters based on new guidelines that prohibit funding to organizations that are under local, state or federal investigation. The Atlanta area Planned Parenthood organization has never requested funding from Komen Atlanta. Therefore, this decision from Komen National Headquarters will have no impact on local Planned Parenthood centers. We understand, and share, in the frustration around this situation."

Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder, Nancy Brinker, released an internet video late Wednesday denouncing the "scurrilous accusations" against the group, which some have said are politically motivated. Many critics point to former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel, whose 2012 gubernatorial campaign included specific calls to defund Planned Parenthood in Georgia.

The website for Susan G. Komen for the Cure was hacked early Thursday on the heels of the organization's decision to stop providing funding to Planned Parenthood, according to The Atlantic Wire.

A headline on the site's front page which was supposed to say "Help us get 26.2 or 13.1 miles closer to a world without breast cancer" was changed to read "Help us run over poor women on our way to the bank."

The text on the site was restored a short time later.

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