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Shame on you, Komen Foundation!

Edited to add: Update: Resignations, hackage, and more irate feedback for Komen.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation is all about finding a cure for breast cancer, right? And Planned Parenthood offers, among other things, breast cancer screening and care, right? And that's the important thing, right?

Wrong. Apparently it's more important to the Komen Foundation that Planned Parenthood offers birth control services, including abortions--which have nothing whatsoever to do with breast cancer and are really none of the Foundation's business. They pulled their funding from Planned Parenthood.

Before you buy your pink breast cancer awareness items, please read this by Erin Gloria Ryan at Jezebel. She covers what happened and what's going on at the Komen Foundation. And ask yourselves if any group dedicated to any aspect of women's health has a right to play politics or games with women's health and women's bodies. Do people who claim to support women's health in one area have a right to judge one of the primary caregivers in that area because they have a political position? Keep in mind also that if you're giving money to the Komen Foundation, some of it's going to support politics, not women's health.

And if you click daily on the Breast Cancer Awareness site, they've already posted that they aren't affiliated with the Komen Foundation, but the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Obviously they think the Komen Foundation is doing something wrong.


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Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
We also don't need a charitable organization to pay for women to get needed health care, we don't need a foundation to pay for poor women to get mammograms and breast exams, because we have universal health care. Unless our Glorious Leader makes an issue out of that, too. :-(
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Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I thought you meant that (so far, at least) we don't have the abortion wars that the U.S. has.
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Feb. 2nd, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
concern that Our Glorious Leader will, in his continuing attempts to be more American, do just that.

You and me both--and I'm not Canadian! I just keep it in my eye as an escape hatch!

And I think your Plan B paper experience is WONDERFUL.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:06 pm (UTC)
AMEN. I'm so disappointed about this!
Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:07 pm (UTC)
I was so dismayed by this. Anyone else think we need a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing sexual and reproductive rights to all citizens?
Feb. 2nd, 2012 08:03 pm (UTC)
Anyone else think we need a Constitutional amendment guaranteeing sexual and reproductive rights to all citizens?

We need it. We're just not going to get it without a war, and then, only part of the country will have it, and we'll have to secede.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Interesting notes on my experience with Komen's website:

-Nowhere on their site could I find a statement of their ethics or what they stood for
-The PDFs of their background story and the bios of both the founder and president are illegible
-Not a peep about this on their site

As much as I support breast cancer screenings and research, this is just weird to me. Aren't nonprofits supposed to have some sort of statement of their mission on their website?

Yep. A mess. A stupid mess, no less.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 06:30 pm (UTC)
I will never cease to be dumbfounded by people who claim to be pro-life and then proceed to undermine life at just about every possible opportunity that doesn't include terminating or preventing a pregnancy.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:17 pm (UTC)
They only care about life when it's theoretical and ethereal, and not when it's in need of actual care and concern and can argue back.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 08:32 pm (UTC)
i was floored when i read this: http://mypage.direct.ca/w/writer/anti-tales.html "The Only Moral Abortion is MY Abortion"

Edited at 2012-02-02 08:33 pm (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, lord, I've read that before. I've also escorted at my local Planned Parentood clinic a few times (once on the anniversary of Roe when Randall Terry made an appearnace), and what the antis do and say to the women (and their partners/friends/family/companions) is as creepy and invasive as you can imagine.
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Feb. 2nd, 2012 07:24 pm (UTC)
I caught an interesting news piece on this on CBS this morning. Apparently, this is due to "new, tougher donation regulations" just put into place at the Komen foundation. Coincidentally, their new head of donations (or whatever her title is) is outspokenly anti-abortion. Gee. They're not saying anything about reasons, but the founder is clearly going along with this.

They should be ASHAMED. They will certainly never get another penny from me, and I may just donate to Planned Parenthood instead. The one bright spot about this whole thing is that they are not being allowed to just sweep it under the carpet.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 08:06 pm (UTC)
I may just donate to Planned Parenthood instead.

A lot of people are doing just that.

The one bright spot about this whole thing is that they are not being allowed to just sweep it under the carpet.

They fucked with the wrong issue gorilla, I think.
Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Yup, you betcha.

And here is the person they were talking about on the news this morning:

"The Huffington Post reports that the decision came just months after Komen hired Karen Handel to be their senior vice president for policy in April 2011. Handel ran for governor of Georgia in 2010 on a pro-life platform and promised to eliminate state grants to Planned Parenthood, even as she acknowledged that the state money did not fund abortions or abortion-related services. "

Feb. 2nd, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)

I'll just leave this here...

Edited at 2012-02-02 08:47 pm (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2012 11:48 pm (UTC)
I have been really unimpressed by the Komen Foundation ever since I found out they have control of almost all forms of "_____ for a Cure" and have sent out 'cease and desist' orders to other groups trying to use such phrases. :/

I mean, kids trying to do a fundraiser for diabetes are *such* a threat to their reputation, right?
Feb. 3rd, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
These people make me crazy. They do it on a daily basis with their ignorance and their hypocrisy. Because I personally know women who have been unable to afford health care and Planned Parenthood was there for them. I know women who've had breast cancer scares, and Planned Parenthood was there for them. As the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, I'm supposed to start my yearly mammograms 5 years earlier than most women. That deadline is getting closer - and what if my insurance won't cover it? That my health and the health of so many other women in this country is less important than political ideology both breaks my heart and infuriates me.

They fucked with the wrong issue gorilla, I think.

You said it.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 12:29 am (UTC)
I'm sure I'm going to get a lot of crap for this as a woman, but I see it differently. I think the foundation believes in life. They believe in working to save lives and irradiate a disease that takes them. If they choose to pull their funding from an organization that takes life, I can support that. It is their business where their money goes and what agencies it supports. I find it ironic that those who are pro ice are considered to be judgmental of those who are pro choice, when I've found it to be the opposite.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
I see your point, but the real problem is: it's pretty clear that women are going to die because of this.

Planned Parenthood goes into the poor neighbourhoods, the rural areas, and the urban ghettoes. In there it provides multiple types of health care (not just abortions) at a price the people there can afford. Nobody else does. Nobody else DARES. Without funding to PP, there will be no breast cancer care at all in certain rural towns and urban areas. If there were another health care provider in there that the foundation could partner with, we'd all be saying, "okay, their choice." But there isn't, so, because of this, there are poor women who are not going to be diagnosed in time. They are going to die. And they could have been saved. WOULD be saved, if the funding were there. So yeah. Maybe I'm judgemental. But we're talking about how an organisation that's supposed to SAVE lives is deliberately taking an action that's going to COST lives, for a political point. I do not think that's a good thing.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 05:16 pm (UTC)
I appreciate that point. I am one of those poor people using Medicaid for health care. You won't meet anyone more passionate about providing decent services to those with few choices. I also have been in the position where I chose to have an abortion, and frankly I don't feel that Planned Parenthood adequately presented the options to me. They also never said what it would be like for me after. That was the worst choice I've ever made in my life and if I had known then what I know now, I wouldn't have done it. I was so young, scared, and vulnerable...and honestly I feel like they took advantage of that. I don't personally hold any one person responsible for a choice that was mine. I don't advocate attacking anyone. However, I was falsely lead to believe that abortion was the best option, and it wasn't. I was put in a room and shown videos for 4 hours about how much better life would be once it was over. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just because the organization does provide valuable health services doesn't negate that they also provide abortions. In my view, that would be like saying "this institution provides excellent education services in poor communities, except we kill the disabled children who can't defend themselves." That logic, to me, doesn't make sense.
Feb. 10th, 2012 10:41 am (UTC)
I chose to get an abortion, even though it was one of the toughest decisions that I've ever made in my life. Days don't go by where I don't question my decision but at the end of the day, I know that I did the right thing for me. Yeah, I said it - "I" made the decision, no one forced me or made me believe that abortion was the only option open to me. Instead, "I" made the decision and when I went to Planned Parenthood, they were kind to me and respected my decision.

They were completely the opposite of the hospital where I'd gone to in order to take a blood pregnancy test. At the hospital, they openly derided me, treated me like I was a lesser human being, and spent the entire visit pushing their views and beliefs upon me while insisting that I didn't know what I really wanted. What a crock of bullshit.

Then I went to Planned Parenthood where no one judged me for what I wanted to do with my body. I never went through a four hour video marathon like the one you described that 'supposedly' happened at Planned Parenthood. Instead, I consulted with a physician, she told me what to expect, answered my questions and gave me an extra day to make sure that this was the decision that I wanted to pursue. I did take the extra day and then went back for the procedure, I was barely three weeks along, and the aftercare. I'm so thankful for Planned Parenthood who was there for me when no one else was or cared to be.

BTW... To me, it sounds like you're taking out your self-loathing and anger upon Planned Parenthood because it's easier than looking at yourself in the mirror and owning up to your decision to get an abortion. You can be swayed into a decision by other people's opinion but at the end of the day, no one held a gun to your head and said that you had to get an abortion. Your logic, to me, doesn't make sense. You chose to do it, so own up to it like a real woman.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 02:18 am (UTC)
If they choose to pull their funding from an organization that takes life, I can support that. It is their business where their money goes and what agencies it supports.

It’s true if the money is their personal money - but it’s not. It’s money given to them in the belief that, among other things, they care about breast cancer detection & treatment across a broad spectrum of incomes.

Is there outrage? Yes. Because many of the women who did donate would not have donated there if the foundation‘s decisions were made clearly and above-board. At this moment, word has to spread so that people who have money to give to foundations can make choices about which foundations to choose -- and if they choose to withhold funding from SGKF when they are informed, that’s also their choice.

So: Yes, SGKF absolutely has the right not to fund PP. No question. But donors have just as much right to then express dismay at the way their money is being handled and withheld - and to spread the word about the foundation‘s choices, their new direction, their political affiliations.

(Edited for bad tags *and* bad use of apostrophes)

Edited at 2012-02-03 03:24 am (UTC)
Feb. 3rd, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
Conservatives have targeted Planned Parenthood in particular as a focus of their anti-abortion campaigns, probably because it does have such a high profile. Even though abortions are only a small part of what PP does.

I suspect that what has escalated this is that the Komen foundation may have seen donations to their own organization decline simply because they support PP -- I'll be deliberately vague here and say that I watched an organization switch from donating to the Komen Foundation to donating to another breast-cancer research organization instead, because the higher-ups told them they could not only _not_ donate directly to PP, but could not donate to any _other_ organization that donated to PP.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
I sure most of us commenting on here are already aware of this, but only 3% of what Planned Parenthood does is perform abortions. Here is a link on how PP services are distributed.

Feb. 3rd, 2012 03:52 am (UTC)
So, in this highly-charged political season I try to stay away from politics because it can get ugly quick. However, this is just not right...and I don't just say that as a woman who believes my body should be mine. I say this for a couple of reasons, first and foremost because without the proper care, my Mom wouldn't be here today. I think I've got a chorus behind me when they can say that they know someone who's had breast cancer. I won't spew my own political reasonings here other than to say that this entire incident is a stark reminder of what is really wrong with a big part of the country...namely the issues aren't actually about healthcare or people but instead about the policies and political - not to mention religious - views of those in the limelight.

:: shakes :: Anyway, I never have and never will give to the SGK, not only because of this event, but because I am opposed to supporting organizations that are not transparent with their donation funding policies. If an organization can tell me exactly where my donations are going, I am happy. Furthermore, I like transparency with organizations that show me the research that's being done. Oh, and the fact that when the Relay for Lifers were on my college campus one time and attempted to recruit me to give money, and I politely declined, they hurled derogatory comments to me along the lines of "you're the reason women die of breast cancer" ... um, excuse me? I realize that the Relay for Life people are volunteers (often young college students themselves), but with representatives like that...well, no thank you. I'd rather give my money to the local breast cancer institute for funding research or even - I don't know - nicer bed linens than to pay people to push paper. I know that I'm making some broad generalizations, but people need to be aware of these things too.
Feb. 3rd, 2012 07:32 am (UTC)
I'm really disgusted by the response video on the SGK site right now. Brinker dances around, pretending no funding is being pulled by weaseling her way around the subject, saying they didn't cave to political pressure--it makes me sick. This woman makes nearly $500,000 a year from her work with SGK, so I don't mind NOT supporting her paycheck anymore. I'll just have to give to Planned Parenthood and breast cancer research groups, and avoid all those pinkwashed products. I can say goodbye to Mike's Hard Pink Lemonade if I know they're supporting--and profiting from--an organization that puts politics above humanitarian efforts.
Feb. 10th, 2012 11:02 am (UTC)
Deeply disappointed
It feels like a constant battle toddling through the deluge of trash and toxic lies that spew from organizations and nominees that we're supposed to believe have our best interests in mind. Goddess forbid that Santorum ever becomes anything remotely Presidential; the man believes that abortions have a direct correlation to breast cancer despite numerous studies that show no such information.
Feb. 11th, 2012 09:54 pm (UTC)
Re: Deeply disappointed
I wouldn't worry--Santorum is too nutty across the board to get very far.

What bugs me is all these men who are pronouncing on women's issues. We need to get more women in politics, which means raising more money and finding more women who are willing to make the leap. I'm tired of being represented by the testicle set, particularly the current bunch.
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