Either way, Brinker sent a letter to Congress on Friday apologizing for the organizations “mistakes” during its recent handling of the decision to defund Planned Parenthood. And as soon as she was done apologizing she began asking for money.
The group is looking for congressional money and support on the Center for Disease Control’s National Breast & Cervical Cancer Detection Program.
“Though tough economic conditions present challenges to state and federal budgets, we hope that we can continue to look to you as a supporter of this life-saving program – not for Komen’s sake, but for the thousands of women whose only chance at early detection – and early treatment – is through NBCCEDP,” Brinker wrote. “Funding this crucial program at $275 million in FY 2013 will ensure that a half-million women are screened for breast cancer in the coming year.”
The lesson for the Komen Foundation, and other organizations in their wake, is quite simple. When an organization that is purportedly about supporting women’s health politicizes women’s health, that organization is doomed to fail. Breast cancer prevention and eradication is something that should not be driven by the policy fetishes of the Catholic Bishops as the Komen Foundation is starting to see.
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