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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 Handel
Senior VP of Fail
c/o Susan G. Komen Foundation
P.O. Box 650309
Dallas, TX 75265-0309

This 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.

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.
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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.