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.
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