Whose Life?

Susan G. Komen Foundation lowers the boom on Planned Parenthood:

The nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates — creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate, between two iconic organizations that have assisted millions of women.

The change will mean a cutoff of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly for breast exams.

Planned Parenthood says the move results from Komen bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists. Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress — a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups.

Thank God none of the women in the photo accompany that story are sluts. Then they’d be out of luck.

When you start turning away from funding actual things that will help cure women of the disease you were founded to wipe out, you look like you are more invested in achieving political power than in saving women’s lives. Komen’s probably done more than just about any organization in terms of raising awareness of breast cancer, but pulling shit like this makes it look like all they’re after is helping companies produce pink merchandise that does zero good for actual real-life women.

Which is par for the course for movement pro-lifers, who want to outlaw abortion instead of ending it. They don’t mind being national Republicans’ political booty call every four years because the cocktail parties 4LYFE are awesome, so much more so than actual work. They’re all pleased as punch that Komen’s joined in the Planned Parenthood pig-fuck.Clownhall is overjoyed.

These wingnut assholes really won’t be happy until a lot more women are dead. From breast cancer, botched abortions, it really doesn’t matter. It boggles me, still, after years of mainlining this stuff, that this is the hill so many organizations have decided to die on. These are the friends they’ve decided to have, forsaking all others and any good they might have done, in service to one facet of a vicious, hateful ideology of fear. What does the world look like, we keep going like this?


13 thoughts on “Whose Life?

  1. “What does the world look like, we keep going like this?”
    Probably something like the Republic of Gilead inThe Handmaid’s Tale. If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have, you should read it again. The author is a prophet.

  2. Even though I am more conservative than many folks on this list on the topic, I laud Planned Parenthood for early physical exams as well as being the main conduit for Gardiasil (if you can cut a frequent form of cancer by a vaccine with few side effects, …seems rather obvious).
    And I’ve got to ask this: A Congressional Investigation???? You mean like the fair and impartial investigation, spurred by credible evidence, against Acorn????????? / snark.

  3. What spork said. Komen Fdn has always been in it for the dough. Raising awareness was a convenient side effect. What those pink ribbons really say is “Money Talks.”

  4. Better give money to the Democratic Party, then, because I’m sure THEY will be as supportive of women’s rights as the Komen Foundation.
    Oh. Right. Or you could become a Socialist, a Green, or join some other leftist third party. It’s long past time to consider that, don’t you think?

  5. Go to the Komen site, print out their donation paper, write “No thanks, I think I’ll send a donation to Planned Parenthood instead” across it, and mail it in.
    Then send a donation to Planned Parenthood, of course.

  6. Someone in the Balloon Juice thread on this redubbed them the Susan G. Khomeini Foundation.

  7. And then there’sthis:

    The cutoff of Planned Parenthood anti-cancer funds comes only months after Komen installed a new and strongly anti-abortion vice president, Karen Handel, who ran for governor of Georgia in 2010, on an anti-Planned Parenthood pledge.

    You know what? I wouldn’t even waste my time trying to get Komen to change its mind. If you have supported Komen in the past and this outrages you as it does me, just turn that support over to Planned Parenthood, the American Cancer Society or some other REPUTABLE organization.

  8. Lex, WHAATTTTT?????????
    Sorry, but that is so bizarre, this is the most coherrent I can be at the moment.
    Knowing the pressure of some against Gardiasil as promoting promiscuity and after reading your post, I wonder if those are the “anti cancer” funds that got cut? Or did they do other anti cancer funds also such as regular PAPs which are just part of good medical care (although I note the frequency is under some heated debate)?

  9. Maple Street, follow the link in the blockquotehere.
    It’s been scrubbed from Handel’s site, but the wayback machine has her platform.

    First, let me be clear, since I am pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood.

  10. Thanks Linkmeister.
    I’ll go to a fetal position in the corner making moaning sounds.

  11. I’ve said this before elsewhere, but I’m willing to bet that Handel believes two things: 1) that much more of what Planned Parenthood does involves abortion than is actually the case, and 2) that abortioncauses breast cancer.
    My mother’s currently in treatment for breast cancer, but fortunately we aren’t really having to deal with too many NGOs about it, because most of it’s being handled by the province. Yay, OHIP!

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