Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation Halts Funding to Planned Parenthood

My Facebook feed this afternoon is covered with messages both in support of and opposed to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s recently announced decision to stop funding  Planned Parenthood.  The organization states the decision was made in light of the ongoing government investigation which seeks to determine whether Planned Parenthood unlawfully uses taxpayer dollars to fund abortions.  Critics of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision insist that the justification provided is disingenuous, and that the Foundation is merely caving in to political pressure from “anti-choice groups.”  This, for example, is a very typical status update among the outraged:

Did you hear that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation stopped funding breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers because of pressure from anti-choice groups? It’s completely outrageous, and I’ve had enough. I’m not going to stop supporting Planned Parenthood, I’m not going to stop fighting for women’s health and rights, and I want the world to know it.

But wait a minute.  Planned Parenthood doesn’t even provide mammograms — at least according to its own website, which advises you to “ask…staff at your local Planned Parenthood health center where you can get a mammogram in your area.”  And of course, who could forget Live Action’s brilliant “mammosham” Planned Parenthood exposé?

No matter. To progressives, the idea of a philanthropic foundation concerned with fighting breast cancer ceasing funding to an organization that doesn’t even provide mammograms (but does provide abortions!) is outrageous and unfair.

  1. Viator

    Blame it on Palin..

    “Many are pointing at Karen Handel, former Georgia Secretary of State and Sarah Palin-endorsed candidate for governor in 2010, who joined Komen in April 2011 as Senior VP for Public Policy. During her campaign for governor, Handel not only campaigned as an anti-abortion candidate but promised to eliminate state funding to Planned Parenthood.”

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/komen-foundation-cuts-breast-exam-funding-to-planned-parenthood.php

  2. Mothership_Greg

    I’ve seen a lot of conspicuous moral outrage lately, but when it comes to Facebook, the Leftists and their fellow-travelers cannot be topped.

  3. Lucy Pevensie

    You’re lucky that your Facebook feed has messages in support.  Mine is purely against.  Sigh. I clearly need new friends. 

  4. Diane Ellis
    C
    Lucy Pevensie: You’re lucky that your Facebook feed has messages in support. 

    That would be because a few Ricocheteers and their kin have friended me on Facebook :)

  5. Lucy Pevensie
    Diane Ellis, Ed.

    Lucy Pevensie: You’re lucky that your Facebook feed has messages in support. 

    That would be because a few Ricocheteers and their kin have friended me on Facebook :) · 1 minute ago

    Oh. I suppose that would be the advantage of using my real name on Ricochet; unfortunately I am not brave enough.  

    Since I have about 40 links on my Facebook feed to a place I can go to voice my protest, I’m wondering if you know of a link to someplace where I can voice my support?  Not that I’m going to publish it on Facebook.  It would be a waste of time anyway. 

  6. Guruforhire

     I made it a point to stop talking about politics on facebook.  Even though I do take a small amount of joy of flagging the presidents ads offensive.

    I feel like an underground christian in rome sometimes.

    Its unfortunate that there are people that would stop trying to do something about breast cancer because of a dispute over something else.  Just goes to show that radical feminists are the people who like women least of all.

  7. flownover

    Not much glamour in being an accessory before the fact.

  8. Lucy Pevensie

    I can’t figure out why they think that if you give money for breast cancer research, you’d be happy to see it go to something else.  But I don’t have the nerve to ask.  They are so angry, they probably couldn’t begin to understand the question.

    Further down my Facebook feed I’ve got a link that reads:

    Mitt Romney: ‘I’m Not Concerned About The Very Poor’ – The Huffington Post with the comment, “Of course he’s not.”  
  9. Terrell David

    Kudos to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation not funding abortion.

    Is that radical?

  10. tabula rasa

    I think I may have discovered the Planned Parenthood logic.  To them, an unwanted unborn child is the moral equivalent of cancer.  Thus the outrage when a cancer foundation discontinues funding Planned Parenthood.

  11. Douglas
    Guruforhire:  

    I feel like an underground christian in rome sometimes.

    In 2012 America, you are an underground Christian in Rome.

  12. flownover

    sand stick fish

  13. Raw Prawn

    Planned Parenthood reminds me of a Patrick Cook cartoon in which an aggressively feminist reporter is interviewing a smug looking businessman. The reporter asks “Does your company discriminate against poor immigrant women?” and the businessman replies “Absolutely not! They’re the only people we hire.”

  14. Andrew Quinn

    Great post, Diane. Of all the garbage that Planned Parenthood pushes, I think the most offensively condescending is the claim that “Abortion is so small a part of our operations; we’re primarily focused on matters of women’s health! Thus, it is wrong for pro-lifers to oppose us.”

    But, of course, if PP pushers actually believed both:

    1. That abortion is a tiny, insignificant part of their mission and

    2. That PP’s work is literally the only thing standing between thousands and thousands of low-income women and fatal disease

    …then they would absolutely conclude that they should just cease offering abortions. After all, this would immediately end any controversy that surrounds their work; nobody in America would resist increasing their funding.

    Anyone who actually believed both of the above premises would gladly eradicate the teensy-tiny number of abortions they claim to provide in return for continuing the rest of their allegedly crucial services without controversy and without resistance.

    They must, then, be lying. They must be either overstating their impact on women’s health (as you point out, in re mammograms) or understating their commitment to destroying fetal life. Despicable in either case, I’m sure.

  15. cdor

     It seems that most women’s groups are not about women but more about liberal politics. Being free to kill a baby in their womb is the line in the sand for many women, yet hundreds of thousands of poeple have such difficulty adopting that they buy babies in foreign countries. What do I know? I am just a caveman. Yet even late term atrocities, tear jerking proceedures, are untouchable to many women’s groups. This is the evolution of our society. Is it any wonder that our country is in decline?

  16. Mama Toad
    Lucy Pevensie

    Diane Ellis, Ed.

    Lucy Pevensie: You’re lucky that your Facebook feed has messages in support. 

    That would be because a few Ricocheteers and their kin have friended me on Facebook :) · 1 minute ago
    Oh. I suppose that would be the advantage of using my real name on Ricochet; unfortunately I am not brave enough.  

    Since I have about 40 links on my Facebook feed to a place I can go to voice my protest, I’m wondering if you know of a link to someplace where I can voice my support?  Not that I’m going to publish it on Facebook.  It would be a waste of time anyway.  · 2 hours ago

    Yes! You can contact Komen directly and just tell them, “Thank you for defunding Planned Parenthood!!” I have never given them money because of their link to PP, but I sent them an email today to tell them that has all changed! (as soon as their existing contract or whatever runs out…) Here’s the contact:  news@komen.org

    They have apparently gotten many emails voicing displeasure. Send them your support!

  17. Palaeologus

    Good for the Komen foundation!

    I have a friend who has worked with/for it for years (she has been in remission for half decade or so), and I know she will approve. Even if her commie husband (good guy, but pink as the Komen ribbons) won’t.

  18. Anon

    As a man it’s impossible for me to feel and understand what sensibilities a woman who has undergone an abortion might feel.  I like to believe that most, at least, do it reluctantly with sorrow and not capriciously, but there are so many each year.

    What troubles me is the “choice” thing.  Does that relate only to after the conception event, or does it include the choice to not become pregnant?  So many millions.  Were they all the result of “accidents,” or were some the result of a gamble lost?  If the latter, it’s horrible to think that some women are gambling with human lives.  The ante to play is so small, but the stakes are so high.

  19. Andrew Quinn

    Hey – now that our fantastic President passed a glorious universal healthcare bill, how can Planned Parenthood possibly be necessary to provide healthcare to anyone? Surely every woman in America now has fantastic health insurance thanks to Obama, Reid, and Pelosi, and thus no need for free clinics anywhere!

    And so the liberal myths continue to unravel.

  20. Mollie Hemingway
    C

    I just made my first contribution to Komen. If you’re looking for someone to support, I’d love to suggest my friend Jim. His mother (a woman I called Grandma though she was not actually my grandma) died from breast cancer in 2004. He walks in her honor.

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