Susan G. Komen’s Cozy Relationship With Anti-Choice Groups

The news that the Susan G. Komen Foundation was pulling financial support for breast cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood and its affiliates sent shock waves online yesterday as just about everyone other than Christian conservatives denounced the decision as caving to right wing bullies on abortion.

The thing is, the Komen Foundation didn’t cave to the right wing. It is the right wing.

The Komen Foundation announced its decision to end a years-long partnership between the two organizations that provided mammograms and related services to low income women based on a “policy change” recently implemented that bars the organization from working with organizations currently under local, state or federal investigation. But there’s more to this story.

This was a policy shift in search of a target. It coincides with a congressional investigation launched by a Republican legislator, after significant pressure by the anti-choice group Americans United for Life and after the addition of the vocally anti-abortion Karen Handel to Vice President of the Komen Foundation.

Handel ran unsuccessfully for governor of Georgia in 2010 and made quite a splash. She was endorsed by Sarah Palin and made her dislike of Planned Parenthood and its mission a central platform of her campaign. When running for governor she promised to eliminate funding for breast and cervical cancer screenings provided by the organization.

It looks like she made good on her promise.

If you are outraged by this blatant attack on affordable cancer screenings for low-income women, and you should be, consider stopping here. It’s a list of cancer advocacy organizations. Write these organizations and urge them to urge the Komen Foundation to change its position or to denounce a move that will only cost women’s lives. You can also sign our petition and, if you are able, consider a donation directly to Planned Parenthood to help make sure poor women continue to have access to the health care services they deserve.

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Lee Witton
6 years ago

Char - I love the "swave and deboner" reference; gave me a really good chuckle this morning, so thank you! And yes; John talks the talk but most of his talk regards women's right and how he would like to deny them of those rights. He also professes to be a Christian (which is the exact reason why so many are falling away from religion (it's damned scary). There is no Christian love in any of the posts I've read of John's. He tries one tact (holier than thou), and when that doesn't work, he resorts to condemnation of all who disagree with his biblical rants and religious ideology. Frankly, while Care2 allows diversity and I appreciate people willing to speak their minds, some of the really rabid stuff from Conservatives or religious right is pretty damned messed up. The Cons are always trying to tell the masses how to live a moral life while being among the worst of offenders themselves.

SeattleAnn S.
Ann S6 years ago

This makes me even more glad that I have always gone out of my way to not get anything with a pink ribbon on it. I knew there was something very fishy about this organization: perhaps it was all the conflicting, hypocritical actions.

char l.
Past Member 6 years ago

Obviously, JohnZ, one of your "holy" values is NOT honesty. You keep talking about the "link" between abortion and breast cancer, and about the fetus "screaming" during an abortion. BOTH of these stories have been DEBUNKED thoroughly. They are fake. Hoaxes. Just like the LiveAction films about Acorn and Planned Parenthood. (You do know that O'Keefe also tried to ensnare a female journalist into a tryst to discredit her? He's such a lout! He reminds me of some of the guys in the 60's who thought they were "swave and deboner". LOL.)

If you believe in God, good on ya. But keep it in your closet like Jesus said. And quit trying to make people with other gods and other rules live by yours. Freedom of religion, right?

Elizabeth Irby
Elizabeth Irby6 years ago

John I hope that you are doing your Godly duty by using your time and money to help all the unwanted children we have here in the US. Mind your business about women's issues and their needs. I hate to tell you buddy but you can pray from now until the cows come home and all that will do is justify your being a judgmental person. Life has never been good, kind or fair. Where are you getting your information?

John Z.
John Z6 years ago

continued . . . .

Gone, appear to be the days where what is good for God, for the country, for civilisation, for our descendants are motivational factors in policy and position. Today, what is good for “me” and “now” seem to be the emerging panic “values”, which can distort any reality to that end, and have replaced the “virtues” of patience, longsuffering, charity, selflessness and their pursuit of what is true, noble, honest and holy.

There is a lack of purity of intention here along with the moral courage to take a stand and to stick to it. Thus corruption, dishonesty, contraception, abortion, euthanasia and so many other crimes against God and man are tolerated and promulgated.

Christine S.
Christine S6 years ago

If SGK is going to participate in "economic terrorism", then maybe we should do likewise to them. Don't buy products with the "pink ribbons" like Yoplait yogurt. Buy Dannon or another brand instead. And let SGK's sponsors know you will not buy their products unless they sever the relationship with SGK.

John Z.
John Z6 years ago

With, by today’s standards, a large family, there are numerous pink items in our home.

A quick read of various commentaries on this issue seems to indicate that nothing has changed within this issue other than a few minor policy terms drafted to defuse an alarming escalation. I hope these results to be the case and if so, will continue to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

If the alternative holds to be true, I am not surprised, nor scandalised. At one time, the west, from top to bottom, attempted to gear their policy and decision by what was true, noble, honest and holy, for the glory of God.

Today, the west has become nations of flip floppers, oriented to tickling ears of each passing fancy and in so doing risk loosing what are true, noble, honest and holy; all seemingly forgotten “virtues” that have been replaced by individual “values”.

Perhaps this is the crux of the problem. At one time, a Theo centric oriented west attempted to live by the Commandments and Golden Rule. Today, anthropocentric oriented west appears to be “me” focused with perhaps, rampant individualism being the hidden motivational factor.

Gone, appear to be the days where what is good for God, for the country, for civilisation, for our descendants are motivational factors in policy and position. Today, what is good for “me” and “now” seem to be the emerging panic “values”, which can distort any reality to that end, and

Quanta Kiran
Quanta Kiran6 years ago


John Z.
John Z6 years ago

Frances C. Thank you for your kind comment. FYO, I am pro woman - thus my concerns (including for the unborn women)

A Marina Fournier

I had heard/learned 3-5 years ago at least about SGK's affiliation with the hard right, and stopped considering giving them anything, anyhow.

From the Avon Foundation website:
The Avon Foundation was founded in 1955 with the goal of improving women’s lives, and today we are proud to be the largest corporate philanthropy dedicated to women's causes globally.

Our current dual mission supports breast cancer research and access to care, as well as addressing domestic and gender violence. Avon philanthropy has also responded in times of major global disasters, most recently to the earthquake in Haiti.

Through 2011, Avon global philanthropy has raised and donated more than $860 million worldwide, changing and saving lives across the country and around the world.
I don't think I've ever heard anything linking them with any politics, but I think some agency or set of journalists is checking into their affiliations and associations, just in case.

As a local talk show host said, why not give directly to PP, and save the bureaucratic costs and delays?