Now I will admit I am the hot flashing not sleeping annoyed by Tamoxifen gal, but this article on Slate makes my blood boil.
It appears that Susan G. Komen, the super slut of breast cancer charities is doing Planned Parenthood dirty. Susan G. Komen has cut and pulled the grants to Planned Parenthood breast cancer screenings.
To a lot of women in this country, Planned Parenthood in spite of the chronic witch hunts by the uber conservative, is a life saver to those who can afford nothing else.
Shame, shame, shame on Susan G. Komen. How convenient that they choose to overlook that breast cancer does not discriminate. How pathetic that they bow to those who would tell women to do with their bodies, and in my humble opinion that includes when dealing with breast cancer.
If Susan G. Komen can’t support all women in this country equally, why should we support them?
You can read about this yourselves, as I am posting links to articles. But I say it is yet another reason (other than excessive pink plastic crap) why people should look at all their options before committing to any charitable giving whatsoever.
If you would like to tell Susan G. Komen they stink, feel free to contact them via their contact page .
As women, our bodies belong to us. Our choices should belong to us. We deserve the best treatment possible and we don’t consistently get it. If Susan G. Komen wants to play fast and loose with women’s health by ditching Planned Parenthood, they need to see what the payment to the piper will be.
Shame, shame, shame on Susan G. Komen. I am sick of people, politicians, and groups that play politics with women’s lives.
Celebrating life, honor, and hope my fanny. It’s time to make a PINK STINK over this. This, dear readers, is just plain wrong.
A friend eloquently and simply stated this evening with regard to this topic:
I am the daughter, granddaughter, niece, cousin, and friend to survivors and victims alike. Early detection gives the best chance of survival, and cancer does not discriminate. It does not care if the woman is a prostitute or a virgin, what the color of her skin is, where she lives, how much money she has.
So to cut a vital source of detection for low-income women because of the politics of the Uterus by an organization dedicated to the end of breast cancer is really, really deplorable. Komen’s not seeing another DIME from me….And by the way, Congress: Get out of my uterus. Thank you.
Susan B. Komen’s Act of Cowardice
By Amanda Marcotte| Posted Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, at 6:24 PM ET
In a shocking move Tuesday afternoon, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the country’s most famous breast cancer charity, pulled its grants for breast-cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood. Komen claims that their reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation from Congress, but as it’s well-understood on both the left and the right that the investigation, headed by Rep. Cliff Stearns, is a nuisance investigation that will almost surely turn up nothing, this excuse sounds lame indeed. The likelier explanation is the one offered by Planned Parenthood, that Komen caved under relentless pressure from anti-choice activists who oppose Planned Parenthood for offering abortions as well as low-cost contraception and STD prevention and treatment. In addition, Komen has a history of not playing nice with other women’s health organizations. Planned Parenthood has created an emergency fund to replace the Komen grants, to keep the breast-cancer screening service from being interrupted.
The existence of breast-cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood has always been a thorn in the anti-choice side. Most of Planned Parenthood’s services are related to the choice to be sexually active—contraception, STD screening and treatment, cervical cancer screening—making it easy to write off those services as unnecessary if you follow the strict abstinence-only prescription the Christian right has for women. Breast cancer, however, can strike the lifelong virgin, the married woman who only has sex for procreation, and the dirty fornicator (i.e. the vast majority of American women) alike. Because of this, anti-choicers have tried to create a rift between women’s health advocates who focus on breast cancer and those who focus on reproductive health concerns below the waist. Today, they had a victory with Komen’s act of cowardice.
Susan G. Komen Halts Grants To Planned Parenthood
by The Associated Press
January 31, 2012
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.
Washington Post Wonk Blog: Why Komen defunded Planned Parenthood
The Associated Press reportsthat Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, will cut off its funding to Planned Parenthood affiliates, where the foundation has traditionally paid for preventive screening services.According to the AP, the move will mean “a cutoff of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly for breast exams.”Planned Parenthood confirms that Komen is the first, and only, organization to cut off funding since the Congress began debating the issue in earnest last winter.
Oh wow. I’m speechless. 😦
SHAMEFUL. How they could cave to political pressure from the right wing of this country when women’s LIVES ARE AT STAKE is simply beyond me. And you know what’s also beyond me? My ability to ever donate to them again – that’s what.
Excellent post. Thank you. I loathed SGK long before this latest controversy and now my blood is absolutely BOILING. I am so disgusted I can scarcely type. I’ve shared your blog with my facebook friends. I hope you don’t mind. Thank you from a BRCA+ woman who has had her breasts and ovaries removed prophylactically, but was followed for years before doing so by vigilance through mammograms and breast MRIs. Thank God I could afford (though just barely, I am on disability, but am lucky to still have insurance) to do so. What’s to become of women who will no longer have access to low cost or free mammograms? Should they die simply because the religious right doesn’t give a shit about them and the morons at SGK, the BUSINESS that calls itself a charity, caved?
Apparently it comes down to the persional ideology of their VP of public policy.
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.”
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Someone wrote to me today:
“SGK’s new vice president, Karen Handel, had run for governor of Georgia in 2010 on an aggressively anti-abortion and anti-Planned Parenthood platform. She lost race. And now countless women in need will also lose out.”
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Un-freakin-believable…. For so long, SGK has been a beacon of hope; that screenings, early detection, and appropriate treatments can make a HUGE difference in saving lives. Now, it seems, that SGK will only make a difference if your political ideology happens to align with theirs. My personal philosophy is “if you don’t believe in abortion, then don’t have one.” It is a choice: you believe in it or you don’t, you can have one or you can choose not to. Unfortunately, breast cancer is NOT something you can choose to have or not have. Guess I’ll be skipping SGK now and donating directly to Planned Parenthood.
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Planned Parenthood does an amazing job of cost-effectively providing breast exams and other health services to so many women every year. What a shame that someone at Komen is allowed to put their personal political or ideological views above the critical issue of access to breast exams and other critical services. Some have been distorting Planned Parenthood’s work for some time now while so many women have been looking the other way. This is finally the last straw for me. I’ve just sent a donation to help in its efforts and will no longer support Komen until they change their policy toward PP. Shame on Komen.
thanks for your bravery and honesty in this blog and for supporting the health of all women by standing against SGK. You rock!
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