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Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012, 08:10 am
The Pink Badge Of Cowardice
If you haven't already heard, the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation has cut ties to Planned Parenthood
Their stated excuse is that they don't want to be associated with an organization under Congressional investigation. Of course, the reason Planned Parenthood is under Congressional investigation is that Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-FL) wants to stop funding to Planned Parenthood. For more info, click this diary at dKos
As TBogg, linked at the top, says:
It’s rare when you see such a high profile organization shit the bed so spectacularly particularly in the case where people can not only refuse to donate to the Komen Foundation, but also boycott all the products that carry the Komen Pink Ribbon of Caring logo, for which the Komen people are paid handsomely.
TBogg also recommends making an Honorary Donation to Planned Parenthood
and requesting a thank-you card be sent to:
Karen HandelThis entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1483294.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Senior VP of Fail
c/o Susan G. Komen Foundation
P.O. Box 650309
Dallas, TX 75265-0309
Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012 01:53 pm (UTC)
That's their smokescreen. In reality, as we learn from ABL
Turns out that Komen’s new Vice-President of Public Policy, Karen Handel, is a Forced Birther, and even ran for governor of Georgia on a platform of defunding Planned Parenthood. Thus, it seems that Komen for the Cure, the purpose of which is to help women, has been taken hostage by Karen Handel and her right-wing Forced Birth views which undermine women and women’s reproductive choices. In her own words, “Since I am pro-life [anti-choice] I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood.”
Tell me again why this organization gave such a narrowminded, anti-woman person their Vice-Presidency? Surprise me and say it isn't because she's "a prominent woman", or that "she brought in serious money for the organization."
You can bet that any dime that I'd even considered for SGKftC is now doubled, and headed for PP.
Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012 05:07 pm (UTC)
I've already emailed a message to the Susan G. Komen Foundation that the money I would have been donating to them will go to Planned Parenthood instead. Donating to Planned Parenthood and sending a thank-you card to Komen is even better.
Why is an anti-woman person the VP of the Susan G. Komen Foundation? Could it be that the Foundation has grown large and rich enough to lost sight of its original purpose and now exists to accrue wealth and influence for their own sake?
Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
I don't know about the accumulation of wealth, but I've been seeing 17% as the amount of collected moneys that actually go to research from SGKftC. That's awful, and I'd have ended any donation on that basis alone.
Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012 07:30 pm (UTC)
Eesh. Yeah, I don't support charities that exist pretty much solely to raise money.
I actually have only donated to Komen when a friend solicits donations for Race for the Cure. If I get any such requests in future, I'll reply, "Not so long as they put ideology over actually providing cancer screenings, but I'll make a donation in your name to Planned Parenthood."
Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
I hear that 20% is overhead and the rest goes to education and prevention. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure they say.
Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012 04:40 pm (UTC)
I wonder if the right wing will make a fake video to destroy Planned Parenthood like they did with ACORN.
Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
You have the tense and number wrong. They already have made
fake videos to smear Planned Parenthood.
Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012 05:09 pm (UTC)
O'Keefe made one, but so far all it's done is provide a little bit of cover for folks like the Repub rep who's "investigating" PP.
Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
Their video had someone pretending to be a sex trafficer wanting to arrange for cheap abortions for his "girls" who are impregnated.
They went to several PP offices around the country. Every last one of them told him they wouldn't do anything for him and asked him to leave, and most reported him to the authorities.
They made a heavily edited video anyway, showing people saying apparently incriminating things out of context. It's a Republican thing. It's what they do.
Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
What horrifies me is that this smears dirt on a cause that has been having a renaissance these last few years and could set breast cancer research back by bad association.
I can only hope that people will see the glaring difference between 'Komen has decided not to support women's reproductive health' and 'people who support breast cancer research don't believe in abortion'.
Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
Considering Ms. Handel's actual title, I'd be tempted to simply misspell it.
"No, I didn't forget
the 'l' in 'public,' I deliberately left it out."
Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
Lily Tomlin once said, "No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up." That's how I feel. Who could have suspected an organization founded to do so much good would turn out to have a rotten core.
What we need is for women to call for Komen to oust Karen Handel. Wonder if NOW is going to do anything.
Wed, Feb. 1st, 2012 07:07 pm (UTC)
This post and discussion are full of very useful information. Thank you.
Thu, Feb. 2nd, 2012 02:23 am (UTC)
james_the_evil1: Komen has ALWAYS been a right-wing PR front
Here's a little history lesson for everyone posting in surprise/shock/outrage about the Susan G. Komen people caving to conservative pressure & taking away breast cancer screening funds from Planned Parenthood.
The Susan G. Komen group has ALWAYS been a right wing/Republican front group! It was FOUNDED as such. Their PRIMARY goal has ALWAYS been to advance right wing aims, NOT to help women with breast cancer.
Short version, back in the 1980s as the first Bush was taking office breast cancer advocacy was becoming a major issue & there were a number of strong groups forming, taking advantage of media & such, who were REALLY pushing for investigation in to research on the CAUSES of breast cancer, in order to foster prevention rather than just treatment. The research they were doing TERRIFIED the oil companies, the chemical companies, and a lot of other industries (the food people, notably) because research was showing that breast cancer's increasing numbers were CLEARLY tied to environmental triggers like oil-based plastics, chemical contamination in the water supply, hormones in beef, etc.
The big companies that stood to lose money if people demanded changes to stop this killer said "We HAVE to get the spotlight off the fact that pur products are poisoning people" and they turned to their cronies in the administration. Bush reached out to his friends the Komens (long time personal buddies of the Bush family) and they decided to form a huge LAVISHLY funded (by those industry groups) organization that would get presidential approval so they'd be sure to garner lots of attention & press all while focusing on TREATMENT and a CURE rather than CAUSES. With their "pink ribbon" campaign being pushed by every media outlet & corporation out there they quickly became THE name in breast cancer advocacy & not only chocked off attention & support from groups looking in to causes but in some cases literally BOUGHT OUT those groups & their people.
This is not to say that the Komen fund doesn't do any good, they really do contribute a substantial amount to research and of course they bring a ton of attention to the issue, but all the while it's a huge piece of magician style misdirection of "Look over here at the CURE, and never think about the CAUSE, namely all the crap spewed in to the environment and your food by the companies who fund us." That's why the Koman people have always enjoyed the shelter & support of right wing politicians who not only don't give a rat's ass about womens' health & well being but who also usually actively work AGAINST it. And that's why, knowing where their bread is buttered, they're caving to pressure from their masters NOW, even tho it means hurting the women they're supposed to exist to help.
To that I will add a couple of points that people sent me in response after I posted it:
"Per Guidestar, a larger portion of donations and such goes towards employees' salaries in lieu of patient treatment.
Patients in need have also been denied assistance."
"My issue is that most of the Komen's foundation funds go to education and research, with screenings only getting 14% . And over 60% of PP patrons are seeking low-cost birth control (not breast exams, etc). As a former promiscuous teen, I ...can attest to that. So it doesn't really seem like it was ever the best place for a cancer group to invest to begin with... there are other groups that provide free/low-cost screenings on a much bigger scale than PP."
Thu, Feb. 2nd, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
If 60 % are going for low cost birth control options, then that leaves 40% that need other help, including breast exams. The funding from the Komen foundation is unlikely to be even that much.
For most of us though, it isn't even the fact they did not continue the grants they promised PP, it is WHY they did so.