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The Komen Foundation’s Partisan Attack on Planned Parenthood, the Women Who Are Upset, the Response from the Local Chapter, and What You Can Do Caves, But What Now?

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UPDATE: Under growing national pressure, Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced that it will restore funding to Planned Parenthood. "We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants," Komen said in a statement. On the one hand, this is seen as a huge victory for the broader progressive community, in that it finally got its shit together to effectively push back against the creeping right-wing conspiracy.

But questions remain. The Komen statement has weaselly wording, giving it wiggle room to stop funding Planned Parenthood in the future. The uproar has been quelled, but we won't know if Komen has truly reversed itself until its grants for 2012 grants are announced. Until then, no one with any sense should give Komen one red cent. US Senator Parry Murray declared that progressives must keep an eye on Komen. "We will remain vigilant that politics does not come into their decisions," she said. "We cannot assume our fight’s over because there are those on the other side who will use everything they have to stop funding for Planned Parenthood."

Meanwhile, instead of donating to Pink Handguns, Inc.—and yes, the Komen Foundation really did put its name on a pink handgun— just donate directly to Planned Parenthood.

For the last two days, the Puget Sound chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has been quiet about the attack on women’s health care from national headquarters. In case you’re just joining us, the attack came in the form of a new “rule” the Komen board adopted internally two days ago that bans grants to any organization under “investigation.” It just so happens that loony right-wingers in Congress are investigating whether federal funding to Planned Parenthood is being diverted into abortion programs. But federal law already bans the use of virtually all federal funds from paying for abortions (except in limited cases, for example, rape or incest), and there is no evidence that Planned Parenthood’s federal grants are paying for abortions, making the entire probe a farce.

Never mind the obvious switcheroo: All the Komen dollars were going to provide breast-cancer screenings (what Komen is ostensibly all about) and zero dollars were going to abortion (what the GOP’s investigation is all about, and only about 3 percent of Planned Parenthood’s activity). Komen’s national director, Nancy Brinker, has denied that cutting off funds to Planned Parenthood has anything to do with politics, but Jeffrey Goldberg at the Atlantic reported on February 1—two days after the news broke—that “three sources with direct knowledge of the Komen decision-making process told me that the rule was adopted in order to create an excuse to cut off Planned Parenthood.”

The Komen chapter in Denver, Colorado, announced on January 31 that it was rejecting the politically charged mandate and would continue funding Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains at least until March 2013. The decision in Denver was reportedly based on evidence that Planned Parenthood delivered the most bang for its buck: Its Denver clinics detected nearly 20 percent of all of the cases of breast cancer discovered in the area—despite being only one of 40 organizations in that region to receive Komen grant funds.

In Seattle, Planned Parenthood uses Komen dollars to screen hundreds of women annually, more than 650 last year alone. So why has the Puget Sound Komen affiliate been so quiet? After two days of repeated requests from The Stranger for comment, Komen for the Cure Puget Sound released a statement late in the day on February 2 saying that it had asked the national board to rescind its policy. But Komen for the Cure Puget Sound stopped short of saying that it would be as bold as Denver, which is continuing to fund Planned Parenthood.

"As we communicated with Komen National last month on behalf of our Board and Staff, we believe that this policy is overly broad and strips the authority from affiliates,” the statement reads, revealing that the local chapter of Komen has known for a while that this was coming. The statement goes on to say, “We believe this policy is misguided and respectfully reiterate our request that the policy be rescinded or revised to permit greater flexibility to the affiliates to evaluate grant applicants and, together with Komen National, determine whether an applicant should be ineligible for funding.”

The local chapter adds, “We must consider the implications of this policy on women worldwide.”

Thirty-year-old Seattle resident Kate Harmer is one of thousands of the 700,000 women who have relied on Planned Parenthood’s breast-cancer-screening programs each year in the United States. "My mom was diagnosed when I was 9 and passed away from breast cancer when I was 19,” she says. “I grew up knowing that I could get breast cancer, that my sister could have it—doctors told us that because our mom had breast cancer that we were really at high risk. When I graduated high school, I lost my health insurance—yet I had this high risk of breast cancer—and the only place I could get free screenings was Planned Parenthood. For 10 years, I would go to Planned Parenthood for my annual physicals, checkups, and breast exams. They were my primary health-care provider.”

While waiting for the response from Komen for the Cure Puget Sound, The Stranger reached out to many Komen donors for comment. We called executives at Boeing, Costco, law firms, banks, even the general manager at the Westin downtown—all of them trustees organizing the Komen Foundation's upcoming gala in Seattle on March 3. None of them spoke out against Komen's bigotry, and most didn't respond at all. We called Komen gala trustee Holli Martinez (former Mariners player Edgar's wife), whose own charity organization, the Martinez Foundation, is devoted to the promotion of people of color in education—the same people of color who are adversely affected by lack of access to breast cancer screenings, according to Komen's own admission. Martinez did not call back.

We also called architecture offices, the Seahawks, the Sounders, the Swedish Cancer Institute—all companies that were "Promise Partners" (donors of $30,000 to $150,000) of the Puget Sound Susan G. Komen Foundation last year. The only response to a request for comment from any of these entities was a communications director for MulvannyG2 Architecture, who said, "We are choosing not to participate in this media opportunity at this time," as if we were trying to sell her a vacuum.

The only local donor to speak out against Komen's blatant right-wing bullshit so far is Lisa Dawson, one of the gala trustees. On her blog, she wrote that she is "stunned, saddened, and frankly a bit ticked off"—but that she will continue to support Komen, and she urges other people to as well.

Most, if not all, of these people will be attending Komen’s pink-tie gala at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel on March 3. We’re glad that all these executives with full insurance benefits can throw nice galas for a charity willing to fuck over the neediest women in order to follow the whims of a bunch of right-wingers at national headquarters. But their tacit agreement is a shameful reflection of our region’s corporate elite.

If you think the controversy over the Komen’s defunding of Planned Parenthood is about breast cancer or abortion, you haven’t been paying attention.

Oh sure, it has something to do with abortion, and the Republican Party’s four-decade-long campaign to politicize it for partisan gain, but it is all part of a broader right-wing conspiracy to pick off and destroy progressive organizations one by one, particularly those that make the increasingly rare effort to combine public service with public advocacy.

Planned Parenthood serves three million women a year—one in five American women will visit a Planned Parenthood clinic at some point in her life. In some communities, particularly poor and underserved ones, Planned Parenthood is the only option for contraception, HIV screening, Pap smears, and other cancer screenings. Yet Planned Parenthood is also a political powerhouse, leveraging the women it serves to lobby in defense of reproductive choice and other women’s health-care issues.

And it’s that nexus between service and advocacy that makes Planned Parenthood such a threat to the right, just like ACORN was before it.

You remember ACORN, right? The unique community organization that worked at the neighborhood level to help America’s poor and disenfranchised with everyday challenges like banking, taxes, housing, and, of course, registering to vote? ACORN built a one-on-one relationship in economically disadvantaged communities nationwide, and then leveraged that support to lobby state and federal governments on issues like predatory lending, foreclosures, and community investment.

Then, through a series of manufactured scandals, ACORN was systematically defunded and dismantled, most memorably through the highly edited “sting” video of a faux-pimp seeking tax advice for himself and his ho. The Fox News crowd was outraged. Republicans investigated. Democrats caved. ACORN lost all federal funding and soon after closed its doors. The smear campaign was so effective that even some progressives fear defending ACORN.

Skip forward to January 2011, when right-wing activists released a highly edited “sting” video of a faux-pimp and his hos seeking counseling at Planned Parenthood clinics. The right cued Fox News outrage. They cued the congressional investigation and the calls to eliminate federal funding.

The right has also smeared NPR and PBS.

And now this.

Of course, Komen founder and CEO Nancy Brinker posted a video on Komen’s YouTube channel, where she said: “Regrettably, contrary to what some are saying, we are not pulling any existing grants. We will never bow to political pressure... the scurrilous accusations being hurled at this organization are profoundly hurtful.”

At its worst, the Komen Foundation and its anti-choice, Bush-connected executives are actively going after Planned Parenthood, exploiting trumped up allegations in an effort to destroy one of the few progressive organizations that makes an everyday impact on the lives of millions of Americans nationwide. At its best, Komen’s abject failure to defend Planned Parenthood makes it a passive collaborator in a calculated effort to cut off progressives (or perceived progressives) from the American people.

Don’t let them ACORN—it’s a verb now—Planned Parenthood.

So what can you do? Here are five ways you can give Komen the payback it deserves:

• Protest at the Komen gala. Their swank fundraiser on March 3 promises “exquisite dining, silent and live auctions and exceptional entertainment, all with the purpose of raising funds to further breast-cancer education, awareness, and science in the discovery of the cure,” say the promotional materials. But you don’t have to donate. Welcome the parade of Komen donors as they enter: Make a clever sign, form a pink picket line, dress up as a giant lumpy breast. Get their attention. The progressive Seattle stock that funds Komen also loves Planned Parenthood, and many of them surely detest that national politics are sullying a women’s health-care organization. Make it awkward for them to remain silent. And if you don’t want to be too confrontational, just wear a Planned Parenthood T-shirt. Everyone will understand. Just show up.

• Stop donating to Komen. It may sound harsh, but so is cutting funding for breast-cancer screenings to poor women around the country, right? The foundation raised roughly $400 million in the 2010 fiscal year, with 91.3 percent of that money coming from private donors. That is, donors like you. When someone asks you to pledge money for a Komen run or donate to a Komen project, figure out how much you would give and then give it to another organization doing breast-cancer work. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, one of the best cancer programs on earth and headquartered in Seattle, has run a breast-cancer research project since 1995. Send them your cash. Kate Harmer, the woman mentioned earlier who lost a mother to breast cancer and who participates in Komen’s Race for the Cure every year as “a way I remember and honor my mother,” is thinking it may be time to dial back her financial support. “I will still participate,” she says, “but I may not try to raise additional funds beyond the entry fee. While I support them, I may try to find ways to funnel more of my money toward supporting Planned Parenthood instead.” You should, too. One way to support Planned Parenthood is to…

• Give Komen the finger by making a donation to Planned Parenthood in Komen’s name. Here’s how you do it. Go to PlannedParenthood.org and hit the “Donate” button in the top right-hand corner of your screen. Then, instead of donating a “One Time Gift,” click on the “Honorary Giving” tab in the middle of your screen. Now you can donate money to Planned Parenthood while requesting that a “Thank you for donating!” card be sent to:

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

Just put in Handel’s address under the “Acknowledgments” section of your donation. (Handel is one of the anti-choice, right-wing nutbags guiding Komen’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood.) This ensures that your funds go toward supporting much-needed breast-cancer screenings for women while sending Komen a strong message—i.e., don’t put ideology ahead of women’s reproductive health care. How much money does Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest need? Last year’s grants from Komen—a combined $75,000—allowed Planned Parenthood to do extensive education and perform clinical breast exams for more than 650 women in rural areas, particularly refugees, the poor, and ethnic minorities. “We would love to reapply to Komen to get more funding to do that again,” says local Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Kristen Glundberg-Prossor. “We hope that they will reconsider this decision they have made. Women’s health shouldn’t be left to political whims, it’s too basic and too important to have this constant ideological battle about it.”

• Talk to people. If you’re pissed that Komen is being used as a political weapon, have this conversation with your friends. Put your opinion on Facebook, talk to all those women you know who wear pink, be pissed. Nobody has said it more succinctly than blogger ABL 2.0 at Balloon Juice, so here’s a script: “What a cruel irony this decision represents: The most renowned breast cancer awareness foundation is abandoning women (and some men, too) in need of breast-health services (primarily poor women and women in rural areas) and potentially leaving them to die, all in the name of ‘life.’ It’s sick. It’s time to send Komen for the Cure a message that it should reconsider its decision to participate in the partisan politics that are playing out on the backs, breasts, and in the uteri of women in this country.”

• Pressure elected officials. They can help beat Komen at its own transparent game. According to the Associated Press, that new rule that Komen is using to justify defunding Planned Parenthood pertains to any grant recipient under local, state, or congressional investigation. It doesn’t matter if the investigation lacks a legitimate concern of malfeasance or if the probe is purely political.

So how about this: Any city council member in the country, any state, or any congressperson could begin a cursory investigation into every single recipient of a Komen grant.

Investigate them all.

According to its new rule, Komen has to withdraw funding.

But Komen won't stop funding all of them. It will change its rule instead. And if the Komen board members want to continue to defund Planned Parenthood, which they do, at least they may be forced to explain the true politics behind their decision. recommended

 

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The Komen foundation, like Mr Romney, does not worry about the "very poor."
Posted by kinaidos on February 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM · Report this
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Good piece!

I'd add that we should obey Karen Handel's campaign slogan when she ran for Georgia governor: "Bring It On!"

And send Handel an e-mail telling her what we think of Komen now:

Khandel@komenadvocacy.org

Before Handel was hired as Komen's vp of public policy, she was on record as opposing PP at all costs.

Here's a quote from her July 2010 campaign literature:

"First, let me be clear, since I am pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood. During my time as Chairman of Fulton County, there were federal and state pass-through grants that were awarded to Planned Parenthood for breast and cervical cancer screening, as well as a Healthy Babies Initiative. Since grants like these are from the state I’ll eliminate them as your next Governor."

How could Komen -- a foundation whose goal is the betterment of women's health -- possibly hire a woman who pledges to reduce health care not just for women but for babies?

Incredible! Let her know what you think. Bring It On!
Posted by Logger1912 on February 2, 2012 at 7:54 PM · Report this
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ACTION: KOMEN'S NATIONAL CORPORATE SPONSORS

http://ww5.komen.org/CorporatePartners.a…

You know what to do.
Posted by judybrowni on February 2, 2012 at 8:01 PM · Report this
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No more donations to Komen.
More donations to Planned Parenthood!
Posted by auntie grizelda on February 2, 2012 at 8:08 PM · Report this
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Where will Goldy get breast examinations now?
Posted by BetarayBilly2 on February 2, 2012 at 8:23 PM · Report this
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Komen also cut funding for stem cell research.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/02/02…
Posted by zonod on February 2, 2012 at 8:32 PM · Report this
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ACTION: KOMEN'S NATIONAL CORPORATE SPONSORS

http://ww5.komen.org/CorporatePartners.a…

You know what to do.
Posted by judybrowni on February 2, 2012 at 8:35 PM · Report this
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I see that Jean Enersen is one of the Trustees for the Komen Gala

jenersen@king5.com
@jeanenersen

KING 5 Television
333 Dexter Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98109

Phone: 206-448-5555
Posted by BornAgainInBellevue on February 2, 2012 at 8:52 PM · Report this
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Well, i hope you cover if there is going to be a protest or post details about it. i never protest anything and i will be there like flies on sh*t if there is one organized.
Posted by ailetha on February 2, 2012 at 8:58 PM · Report this
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By the way, the Balloon Juice blogger you call "ABL 2.0" is more properly referred to as "ABL" (the 2.0 is a mocking reference to some intra-blog drama). She has her own blog as well.

(She has a real name, of course. It isn't actually a huge secret - she announced it when she got some paid work blogging at a site that uses authors' real names - but she doesn't often use it at either Balloon Juice or her own blog.)
Posted by Warren Terra on February 2, 2012 at 9:08 PM · Report this
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Great article gang!

But, I'm actually hoping that this turns into more than a PR disaster for Komen (and hopefully increased awareness of PP). I hope it results in a shitstorm of media inquiry into where it is all those $$ to Komen actually go.

Even without the PP scandal, Komen is probably not an organization that people should be giving $$ to if they care about efficient use of philanthropic funds.
Posted by gnossos on February 2, 2012 at 9:17 PM · Report this
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What I did:

-- left a message at Komen expressing my...disapproval.
-- donated fifty bucks to PP
-- emailed American Airlines that I booked a flight with US Airways because of AA's support of Komen (incredible scandal timing re that)
-- emailed New Balance and Walgreens that I won't spend money at companies which shunt part of their proceeds to charities hijacked by neo-Confederate authoritians
Posted by Bring_Me_The_Head_Of_Marcie_Sillman on February 2, 2012 at 9:32 PM · Report this
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@BetarayBilly2:

Free breast exams still available. Fret not.

http://www.theonion.com/video/12yearold-…
Posted by Bring_Me_The_Head_Of_Marcie_Sillman on February 2, 2012 at 9:39 PM · Report this
Eva Hopkins 14
Re: your #4 suggestion: talk to people: yes, have the conversation. Be prepared for people to talk back, however, as in most people's minds, Planned Parenthood = abortion. Even though it's only 3% of what they do; even though neither government money nor the money formerly donated by the Susan G Komen foundation was used for abortions. 3% of what they do; 100% of the public perception problem. I brought it up on FB:

http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?st…

For those who don't wanna go through the tl:dr of that, I was told I was evil, that I rub dead fetuses on my face, that I have worse things than cancer to worry about & that I've murdered innocent souls.

Have the conversation. It should be had. For many people, PP is their primary source of care. Just know it's a can of worms.
Posted by Eva Hopkins http://www.lunamusestudios.com on February 2, 2012 at 10:03 PM · Report this
Fnarf 15
Great article. It's not just women who are pissed off. Not too many men out there who can say they weren't born of a woman.

I too am working my way through that list of donors and writing to them, and I think I'm going to print up a handful of flyers for the Gala detailing shortly and succinctly what's wrong with Komen. With references. I want to make the pretty people in their tuxedos and ball gowns sweat a little on their way into the Olympic. I've always been a little suspicious of people who only give to charity if there's a fancy party with expensive food and entertainment in exchange.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on February 2, 2012 at 10:11 PM · Report this
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Thank you for this.
I've emailed and tweeted the Komen Foundation numerous times now regarding my disgust at their political bullshit and backpedaling, and sent a donation to PP in their honor.

Planned Parenthood was the only place I could get ANY medical care in Utah when I had no insurance and very little money. When I showed up to a yearly exam with a horrible cough, the nurse practitioner also listened to my lungs and told me I had pneumonia and needed antibiotics before I ended up in the hospital. I told her I had no insurance, and they wrote me a prescription for antibiotics as well as my BC pills. Not long after that, one of my professors died from an untreated case of pneumonia. I guess I could say I probably owe PP my life.
Posted by StuckInUtah on February 2, 2012 at 10:26 PM · Report this
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In the spring of 2010, the Republicans planted explosive charges throughout the body of ACORN and detonated them before any of us could say "boo".

This time we're ready; now we're responding forcefully to this stab-in-the-back assassination attempt on a progressive institution.
Posted by Bring_Me_The_Head_Of_Marcie_Sillman on February 2, 2012 at 10:35 PM · Report this
aimistrue 18
thanks for this - just made my donation to planned parenthood in handel's name.
Posted by aimistrue on February 2, 2012 at 10:51 PM · Report this
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Hey y'all, Seattle Clinic Defense is awesome and the details of this protest is still in the works but they are putting something together!
http://www.facebook.com/events/178502995…
@aw, yes, the old fetus rubbing on the face comments......if I had a nickle for every time one of my wacko relatives said to me......well, I wouldn't need to go to Planned Parenthood. Way to hang in there.
Posted by multipony on February 3, 2012 at 12:03 AM · Report this
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oops sorry, I typed @14 but somehow, well, I guess I didn't!
Posted by multipony on February 3, 2012 at 12:04 AM · Report this
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Check out the trailer for this documentary coming out this month challenging the Komen model. Folks are definitely going to be taking its message seriously after this anti-PP policy move. All the old previously ignored critiques now look fresh and relevant. I can't see how Komen can survive.

http://www.nfb.ca/playlists/pink_ribbons…
Posted by cracked on February 3, 2012 at 1:17 AM · Report this
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Great article. I am in 100% on this one. The "Gala" may just be great timing...

This not a "Women's issue". Women and girls are not a special interest group. We are more than 50% of the population. This attack on PP should be a huge concern for men as well.

ERA! ERA! And QUIT Legislating my body.
Posted by jam on February 3, 2012 at 1:47 AM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 23
Gravy Train - 41 staffers there make > $100k.
Bunch of biggies making 3x - 5x that!

OINK!

http://www.scribd.com/doc/80135605/Komen…
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arschbombe on February 3, 2012 at 5:36 AM · Report this
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any chicks that need breast exams hit me up i'll do it
Posted by dr_howard on February 3, 2012 at 6:35 AM · Report this
lauramae 25
Excellent article!
Posted by lauramae on February 3, 2012 at 7:15 AM · Report this
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Find a pink tie. Put on a nice shirt, and tie the tie. Then, find a pair of scissors and chop the thing in half. Attend protest. Voila!
Posted by bitethemailman on February 3, 2012 at 8:31 AM · Report this
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Breaking news: Komen has announced they've dropped plans to cut off Planned Parenthood from their grants program.

You heard it here first.
Posted by ctmcmull on February 3, 2012 at 8:46 AM · Report this
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Made a donation to PP with acknowledgement sent to Karen Handel.

Felt pretty darn good!
Posted by MLM on February 3, 2012 at 11:09 AM · Report this
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@22: You NAILED it for the WIN!!!

@27: Thanks for the update. That is good news, but I'm still glad I never gave any money to Komen. Go, Planned Parenthood!!!

Hey--can we also snip off the "pink' junk hanging between the legs of all these ultra-WRONG-wing, violently anti-abortionist, women-hating whackos? THAT idea makes me feel pretty darn good!
Posted by auntie grizelda on February 3, 2012 at 12:24 PM · Report this
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Komen receives funding from such companies as Coca-Cola, General Mills, 3M and Georgia Pacific (a subsidiary of the Koch Industries), which uses BPA chemicals in their products-- which are linked to breast cancer.
Posted by il Bruno on February 3, 2012 at 1:36 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 31
This, in case you didn't know, is 2012. Why is support for Planned Parenthood even controversial? For heaven's fucking sake.
Posted by Bauhaus I on February 3, 2012 at 5:00 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 32
This, in case you didn't know, is 2012. Why is support for Planned Parenthood even controversial? For heaven's fucking sake.
Posted by Bauhaus I on February 3, 2012 at 5:03 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 33
Ooops. Sorry for the dual posting. Time out issue.
Posted by Bauhaus I on February 3, 2012 at 5:04 PM · Report this
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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum…
Posted by Merriam Elliot Spartacus III PhD on February 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM · Report this
geoz 35
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/02…
Penn State is also under investigation and just got some Komen money. hmmm.
Posted by geoz on February 3, 2012 at 7:12 PM · Report this
lauramae 36
All Komen said was that they would not yank the funding already with PP. And that PP could apply for funding in the next grant cycle. What this means: PP will never get another cent from Komen. They think people are stupid enough to think the issue went away and that everyone will continue to participate in the wretched pink walks, buy pink shit thinking they are supporting a cause.

I have bigger hopes that now people understand the game.
Posted by lauramae on February 3, 2012 at 10:17 PM · Report this
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Your article is very long. It discusses a subject in which I am interested, and yet I stopped reading after about one paragraph for two reasons:

1. "Until then, no one with any sense should give Komen one red cent." Yes, stifling an NPO's funding is going to encourage them to continue to give away funds rather than keep them in house for research, their primary objective.

2. "US Senator Parry Murray". Come on. You are a professional. Supposedly.

Posted by squiggles on February 3, 2012 at 11:55 PM · Report this
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@37, you really think Komen is an NPO, with research as their primary objective? Why?
Posted by diggles on February 4, 2012 at 12:56 AM · Report this
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@31 Of course support of Planned Parenthood is controversial; Americans are closely divided on the abortion issue.
Posted by Vertex on February 4, 2012 at 12:28 PM · Report this
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So the Right Wing got moles into one women's health advocacy group (Komen) to attack another women's advocacy group - Planned Parenthood.

Even if the overt attack on PP didn't work (for now), the attack on Komen did. In addition, as "The Stranger's" local investigations indicate, this attack has terrorized all other women's health groups. None of them want to speak publically against what is happening.

In addition to watching Komen's actions, I'd say we need to watch who runs other groups that now support PP or are involved in all women's health care.
Posted by Xweatie on February 4, 2012 at 1:13 PM · Report this
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Sounds like a whole bunch of whining to me. "Gimme the money or else..." Hey, did you know that induced abortion is a main cause of breast cancer? Komen fights breast cancer, a no brainer.

And I had to laugh out at loud when Patty Murray said that "We will remain vigilant that politics does not come into their decisions." Coming from a died-in-the-wool politician borders on the absurd. The money grubbing abortionists are using plenty of politics to extract their money by coercion. That money belongs to the Komen foundation, and was given freely as a gift, who are you to say how they now decide to spend it?!
Posted by ironvic on February 4, 2012 at 2:43 PM · Report this
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How about putting some money towards the re-establishment of Acorn? The mission of this right-wing conspiracy is to swoop in anywhere that has a lot of money and attach strings to it, as well as take away and destroy as much polital power from the vast majority to benefit the rich and powerful few.
Posted by look deeper on February 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM · Report this
lauramae 43
41, do you simply bleat the stupid shit people tell you?
Posted by lauramae on February 4, 2012 at 7:45 PM · Report this
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Three points.

1) PP doesn't actually provide breast cancer screening. The make referrals to those who do. Komen would be well within their mission to drop the non-provider of services from their grant roster.

2) The "only 3% of PP services are abortions" is based on the fraction of procedures. Which means an abortion counts as one procedure and taking the patients temperature counts as another. By dollars, from their annual statements, abortions account for between 10-30% of their billion-dollar business.

3) Money is fungible. Federal dollars or private dollars all fund the base organization. That organization provides 20% of the abortions in the country. While I don't think abortion should be outlawed, it is not a pleasant thing. Every dollar not spent on administrative overhead can be directed to wherever necessary.

Bonus point - Komen wasn't going to take the PP grant money and set fire to it. That money would have gone to other organizations to fight breast cancer. PP supporters have behaved shamefully.
Posted by delbert on February 4, 2012 at 8:35 PM · Report this
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Republicans are trying their best to put their view of the world into a political agenda. Republicans want to get rich even if it means that they destroy America in the process. The Republicans will outlaw abortions if they win control of the government in the next election. Read my web page at www.mybetteramericaplan.com to see how the Republicans are bad for America and what it will take to make our country better.
Posted by rebel999 on February 5, 2012 at 1:10 AM · Report this
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@43 Oh, yeah Republicans bad Democrats good, bleat away. @42, bringing Acorn back is bringing voter fraud and criminal behavior back. Unless you think it's Ok to advise people how to skirt the law and conspiring to promote child prostution. Video doesn't lie. Those Acorners have no right to come back, they blew it big time.

The fact is, the money is Komen's to spend as they wish.
Posted by ironvic on February 5, 2012 at 4:32 PM · Report this
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Interesting take on it all. Never thought of ACORNed as a verb. But then, getting Borked is a verb, so why not. Something I didn't notice in your article is the pushback from the not quite so far right right. People like me who are anti-abortion as in they would never in any way do anything to support an abortion, but at the same time aren't in "activist" mode either. I had no idea that Komen was giving to Planned Parenthood until this broo ha ha got started. Now, Komen if off my list. No, I wasn't a big donor; but I am a "runner" (OK, jogger) who drops $30 to register for one of those "race for the cure" events. I would also make announcements to my college classes (I'm a professor) about upcoming events, thinking I was encouraging students to be active in worthy causes. Well, no more announcements and no more $30 donations from me. I'll also spread the word to my socially conservative friends, some of whom will also stop dropping that $30 to register for a race. I have a feeling there are a lot more people like me who never had a clue about the Komen-Planned Parenthood (I hate the euphemism for an abortion clinic) connection.
Posted by me112233 on February 6, 2012 at 3:36 AM · Report this
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Interesting take on it all. Never thought of ACORNed as a verb. But then, getting Borked is a verb, so why not. Something I didn't notice in your article is the pushback from the not quite so far right right. People like me who are anti-abortion as in they would never in any way do anything to support an abortion, but at the same time aren't in "activist" mode either. I had no idea that Komen was giving to Planned Parenthood until this broo ha ha got started. Now, Komen if off my list. No, I wasn't a big donor; but I am a "runner" (OK, jogger) who drops $30 to register for one of those "race for the cure" events. I would also make announcements to my college classes (I'm a professor) about upcoming events, thinking I was encouraging students to be active in worthy causes. Well, no more announcements and no more $30 donations from me. I'll also spread the word to my socially conservative friends, some of whom will also stop dropping that $30 to register for a race. I have a feeling there are a lot more people like me who never had a clue about the Komen-Planned Parenthood (I hate the euphemism for an abortion clinic) connection.
Posted by me112233 on February 6, 2012 at 3:40 AM · Report this
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Yeah Komen can spend as they wish, and get called a-holes for it and reverse it. Duh.

The plus in all of this is DONATIONS, I work at PP and good grief we have had a LOT of peole come in and give what they can. Just had an adorable older man come in and give a hundred dollar check, apolgizing for not being able to more due to being on social security. He assured me we were in his will. It was the day of the reversal and I wanted to make sure he knew that and he said oh yes I know, I just hate those bastards and their politics. I woulda kissed him were I not working behind three inches of bulletproof glass. Oh yeah and he asked if I could make sure it was allocated to the abortion part of our budget. Sweet!

So please just donate what you can, if you come in and do it, we have some nice swag for ten dollar donations, the cool pink shirts, the out of style pink bracelets (people love em, not sure why) And of course always free condoms, keith herring (sp?) artsy ones now!

I just love that the whole thing turned a major negative into a plus. We work there for not much more than minimum wage, you have to want to do it for reasons other than money, and you feel good at the end of the day. Well sometimes not so good, there are some rough times but at least you can feel like you tried to help, big goddamn difference from my corporate jobs.
Posted by Lisa808 on February 6, 2012 at 3:55 AM · Report this
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Komen Foundation doesn't actually spend money for "research" as they say -- Hells bells, cancer is ENVIRONMENTALLY caused, we all know that, and Komen can't SAY that, let alone "research" it, as it would offend their Corporate Sponsors and Rich Friends! Air, water and soil pollution, contaminents in our food, in our cosmetics, in our furniture, in our homes and gardens.....
I always had my suspicions of the Komen "machine". Didn't even know about the pink handguns and pink ammo!, tho.

Coincidentally there are out right now some devastating documentaries about the whole pinkness thing. {Also read Barbara Ehrenreich.} As someone said, I don't see the Komen foundation surviving all this, which is shining a needful spotlight on what is behind all the glitter and hype, the smoke-and-mirrors to impress and mislead the Public.
Posted by Barbara Tee on February 7, 2012 at 3:13 AM · Report this
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So they got rid of their most public policy maker. So what? There's still the rest of the board that voted her in, knowing damn well that she doesn't give a shit about women's rights. They need to all go too.
Posted by suddenlyorcas on February 7, 2012 at 1:54 PM · Report this
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My daughter manages a Tuesday Morning (discount store) -- the pink crap (other stores' closeouts and overstocks) is already rolling in. Like the Penn State merchandise has been for the past few months!

However, as that rare bird, a 2nd-Amendment Liberal, I must say the pink gun looks pretty cool. I heard it's not a very good gun though.
Posted by The Wild Sow on February 7, 2012 at 8:02 PM · Report this
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@51 suddenlyorcas: I agree, but let's not stop there. Asswipes like Cliff Stearns, the Republican douchebag from Florida launching the federal investigation on Planned Parenthood who, well quoted by Nicole Brodeur in The Seattle Times, will "never miss a period or feel a breast lump", and all power-crazed women-hating shitwipes like him should go, too.
Preferably one-way to a hot desert island somewhere infested with fatally poisonous arachnids, scorpions, and rats.
Posted by auntie grizelda on February 8, 2012 at 12:38 AM · Report this
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WhoooooEEE! Speaking of poisonous, Runny Santorum's flushing down a lot of sewage in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri! Don't those idiots know how to vote??
Posted by auntie grizelda on February 8, 2012 at 12:43 AM · Report this
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let's see the same coverage on the obozo in chief caving on contraceptive coverage today..Oh, and have you ever noticed how 99 percent of the women in the stranger personals are liberal?? wonder why that is.. couldntt be that they are hags could it??
Posted by ESP on February 10, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
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it's funny that so many liberal women get so upset about planned parenthood.. have you seen how fucking ugly most of the women in the stranger personals are?? and what a surprise, 99 percent are liberals..

let's see the same coverage for the obozo in chief caving to the catholics today..
Posted by esp on February 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this
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And?

PP's is how many times larger than Komen?

The paltrey $20 Mil. barely covers the PP's executive staffs wages and benefits.

Just like when AT&T cut PP funding, way back when, PP comes out of the gates with the hate. Mostly because they are afraid others will use this as an excuse to bail.

Hopefuul, they WILL crush Komen. Just because they are so annoying.

Pink Freaking Beer Bottles? And other pink rebranding ad nauseum, this has to stop.

More humans die each and every year from prostate cancer. How many cents have any of you tossed their way?
Posted by Slam1263 on February 11, 2012 at 1:11 PM · Report this

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