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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

More Reasons to Take Your Breasts and Run From Komen

Posted by on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Reality Check has an exhaustive article on Komen, its rabidly pink-ribbon waving, anti-choice staff and board members, and the dirty politics and hypocritical justifications behind the breast-cancer monolith's decision to defund Planned Parenthood's breast cancer screenings. It is an absolute must read:

While anti-choicers including those on Komen's board are spreading lies, Komen's steps will ensure that more women who might have been screened will now lack access to early detection and treatment and may die from breast cancer. This is in keeping with a general and patently insane approach of the anti-choice movement: Decry abortion, for example, but limit funding for contraceptive education and supplies which can prevent the unintended pregnancies that lead to abortion. Decry the plight of minority women, but make their access to care increasingly limited. Cry for the "babies," but defund pre- and post-natal care, nutritional support, and other forms of life and health care for infants and mothers. It is a venal and disgusting strategy that until now I would have thought well beneath the Komen Foundation no matter other issues.

But Komen as an organization now appears so little able to stand the truth that it is deleting comments from its website protesting the policy change. And this is not the first time Komen has come under fire for misinformation or questionable affiliations. Some point to concerns about Komen's influence on a recent Institute of Medicine report playing down environmental factors in breast cancer, and its close affiliation with many companies that manufacture products using cancer-causing agents.

Cancer screening and prevention comprises 17 percent of Planned Parenthood's services; abortion makes up less than three percent. A spokesperson for Planned Parenthood, speaking anonymously, says, "We requested meetings with the Komen board and they were not at all responsive... we know that some local Komen affiliates are unhappy with the decision, but this is obviously coming down from the national level, so their hands are tied."

In other news, Daily Kos is running a campaign to tell Komen what sorry sacks of shit they are; join in the fun over here!

And remember, if you love healthy breasts, grab a wadful of cash and DONATE TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD HERE.

Curtsies to Slog tipper Sara.


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Fifty-Two-Eighty 1
Fucking Nazis.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on February 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM · Report this
Cue Seattleblues calling everyone who's mad about this "murderers" in 10...9...
Posted by maddogm13 on February 1, 2012 at 11:58 AM · Report this
ryanayr 3
typo: "sorry sacs [sic] of shit"
Posted by ryanayr on February 1, 2012 at 12:13 PM · Report this
Amnt 5
My wife used to work in cancer research and has nothing positive to say about Komen.
Posted by Amnt on February 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM · Report this
I had to put it on a credit card but I gave PP a nice donation. And informed the pink nazis that I would no longer donate to them - period. This really pisses me off.
Posted by jwlsesq on February 1, 2012 at 12:40 PM · Report this
alithea 7
cutting funding for cancer screenings sure proves how PRO-LIFE komen is!

edited down from directions to where you can stick that pink ribbon.
Posted by alithea on February 1, 2012 at 12:45 PM · Report this
Even before all this I just had a slimy, shady feeling about this monolithic 501c3. It seemed like they had turned the pink gear and fundraiser walk thing into a pop marketing industry and a pyramid scheme.

Now that we have some facts to show they're fundamentally bad news... good riddance and I hope this steers everyone to donate to more universally philanthropic orgs... whether or not this org dies.
Posted by Gomez on February 1, 2012 at 12:56 PM · Report this
A friend of mine has set up a website to funnel donations to PP and other pro-women organizations in response to Komen's grossness:
Posted by jjb.mac on February 1, 2012 at 2:22 PM · Report this

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