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.

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  1. Profile photo of Viator Member

    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

    • #1
    • February 2, 2012 at 5:34 am
  2. Profile photo of Mothership_Greg Inactive

    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.

    • #2
    • February 2, 2012 at 5:44 am
  3. Profile photo of Lucy Pevensie Member

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

    • #3
    • February 2, 2012 at 5:56 am
  4. Profile photo of Diane Ellis Contributor
    Diane Ellis Post author
    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 🙂

    • #4
    • February 2, 2012 at 6:03 am
  5. Profile photo of Lucy Pevensie Member
    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. 

    • #5
    • February 2, 2012 at 6:08 am
  6. Profile photo of Guruforhire Member

     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.

    • #6
    • February 2, 2012 at 6:20 am
  7. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    Not much glamour in being an accessory before the fact.

    • #7
    • February 2, 2012 at 6:34 am
  8. Profile photo of Lucy Pevensie Member

    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 Postwith the comment, “Of course he’s not.” 
    • #8
    • February 2, 2012 at 6:39 am
  9. Profile photo of Terrell David Inactive

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

    Is that radical?

    • #9
    • February 2, 2012 at 6:53 am
  10. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member

    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.

    • #10
    • February 2, 2012 at 6:55 am
  11. Profile photo of Douglas Member
    Guruforhire:  

    I feel like an underground christian in rome sometimes.

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

    • #11
    • February 2, 2012 at 7:02 am
  12. Profile photo of flownover Inactive

    sand stick fish

    • #12
    • February 2, 2012 at 7:12 am
  13. Profile photo of Raw Prawn Member

    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.”

    • #13
    • February 2, 2012 at 7:24 am
  14. Profile photo of Andrew Quinn Inactive

    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.

    • #14
    • February 2, 2012 at 7:24 am
  15. Profile photo of cdor Member

     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?

    • #15
    • February 2, 2012 at 7:38 am
  16. Profile photo of CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    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!

    • #16
    • February 2, 2012 at 7:59 am
  17. Profile photo of Palaeologus Member

    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.

    • #17
    • February 2, 2012 at 8:03 am
  18. Profile photo of Anon Inactive

    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.

    • #18
    • February 2, 2012 at 8:15 am
  19. Profile photo of Andrew Quinn Inactive

    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.

    • #19
    • February 2, 2012 at 8:39 am
  20. Profile photo of Mollie Hemingway Contributor

    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.

    • #20
    • February 2, 2012 at 8:59 am
  21. Profile photo of Inactive
    Anonymous

    Mammograms aren’t the same procedure as breast screening exams and other breast-health services for low-income, uninsured, and under-insured women, which is what this money was being used for.

    Ending the screening exams and education programs won’t save a single unborn life, but it may contribute to thousands of adult ones. Someone explain the logic of that decision to me, because I don’t get it. 

    • #21
    • February 2, 2012 at 9:38 am
  22. Profile photo of DutchTex Inactive

    Maybe the doctors out there can answer this.  I remember hearing about studies that indicate a link between abortion and breast cancer.  But then I’ve read that Planned Parenthood (of course) and the American Cancer Society insist that there is no link.  DocJay?  Dr. Savage?  Anyone?

    • #22
    • February 2, 2012 at 9:41 am
  23. Profile photo of Diane Ellis Contributor
    Diane Ellis Post author
    Blue Yeti: Mammograms aren’t the same procedure as breast screening exams…

    They are in the same way that squares are rectangles.  All mammograms are a type of breast screening exam (see here and here).  The other type, of course, is where the doc manually checks for lumps.

    Blue Yeti:

    Ending the screening exams and education programs won’t save a single unborn life, but it may contribute to thousands of adult ones. Someone explain the logic of that decision to me, because I don’t get it.  · 32 minutes ago

    Let’s please not pretend like Planned Parenthood is the only place where low income women can get breast screening exams. It isn’t. And there are many, many charities, clinics, and mobile vans that offer free breast screening procedures.  So if the Komen Foundation—which, remember, is a private organization—wants to give to these alternative groups which do not  perform abortions and are not under government investigation, I say good on them. What’s there not to get?

    • #23
    • February 2, 2012 at 10:20 am
  24. Profile photo of Raw Prawn Member
    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. · 1 hour ago

    “Choice” is licence, not liberty.  It sanctions irresponsible behavior, more so for men than for women.  ”Hey, I offered to pay for an abortion.  What more could I do?”

    • #24
    • February 2, 2012 at 10:34 am
  25. Profile photo of James Gawron Coolidge

    Diane,

    Nancy Brinker who founded Susan Koman is just a steller person.  I wish she would run for something.  Anything!

    Jim

    • #25
    • February 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm
  26. Profile photo of Raw Prawn Member
    Blue Yeti: Mammograms aren’t the same procedure as breast screening exams and other breast-health services for low-income, uninsured, and under-insured women, which is what this money was being used for.

    Ending the screening exams and education programs won’t save a single unborn life, but it may contribute to thousands of adult ones. Someone explain the logic of that decision to me, because I don’t get it.  · 6 hours ago

    Edited 6 hours ago

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    • #26
    • February 3, 2012 at 3:52 am
  27. Profile photo of Douglas Member
    Blue Yeti: Mammograms aren’t the same procedure as breast screening exams and other breast-health services for low-income, uninsured, and under-insured women, which is what this money was being used for.

    Ending the screening exams and education programs won’t save a single unborn life, but it may contribute to thousands of adult ones. Someone explain the logic of that decision to me, because I don’t get it.  · 6 hours ago

    Edited 6 hours ago

    If the American Nazi Party or the Black Panthers or La Raza or World Can’t Wait started offering exams,should Komen fund them? The Riason d’Etre of PP is abortion. The screenings are just a sideshow in their ongoing effort to get infanticide classified as “health care”. Not one thin dime to those horrible people. None.

    • #27
    • February 3, 2012 at 4:03 am
  28. Profile photo of dxturner Member
    Blue Yeti: Ending the screening exams and education programs won’t save a single unborn life, but it may contribute to thousands of adult ones. Someone explain the logic of that decision to me, because I don’t get it.  · 3 hours ago

    As Josh Trevino tweets: Planned Parenthood’s primary means of fighting cancer is unaffected by the loss of Komen funds. They’ll stop cancer at the source: people.

    • #28
    • February 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm