Quote of the moment

"I have to tell it again and again: I have no doctrine. I only point out something. I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen. I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window. I push open the window and point outside. I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue." Martin Buber

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Don't throw Planned Parenthood under the bus! Cancer Prevention vs Anti-abortion Politics

I have made a personal decision to donate to any other cancer foundation other than Susan G. Komen Foundation.  I told the board of Susan G. Komen:
Don't throw Planned Parenthood under the bus! Don't cave to anti-woman extremists and cut off funding for breast cancer screenings at the largest provider of health care for women. 
If you haven't heard, Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation will stop funding breast cancer screening at Planned Parenthood health centers. I just signed onto a letter to all the anti-choice, anti-women people out there, telling them to listen up and that I still stand with Planned Parenthood. Add your name:

I contributed to Planned Parenthood-- I hope you will too. Planned Parenthood donors like me contributed $650,000 within 24 hours after Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to cut off funding,  nearly enough to replace last year’s Komen funding, Planned Parenthood executives said Wednesday.

And just so you know: PPFA carried out 329,445 abortions, but rendered  11,003,366 non-abortion health services. That means that 97 percent of PPFA’s work is purely health related and not aimed at terminating pregnancies. Nearly 170,000 breast exams carried out by PPFA in 2010 were underwritten by grant money from the Komen charity.

The organization had raised more than $400,000 from more than 6,000 online donors as of Wednesday afternoon, compared with the 100 to 200 donations it receives on an average day, said Tait Sye, a spokesman for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. He said donations were still coming in.

 Planned Parenthood announced:
After facing pressure from anti-women's health political organizations, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has announced that it is ending future funding for lifesaving breast cancer screenings and breast health education at Planned Parenthood health centers.
At immediate risk are low-income women, many located in rural and underserved communities, served by 19 Planned Parenthood programs funded by the Komen Foundation. This funding has enabled designated Planned Parenthood health centers to provide women with breast health education, screenings, and referrals for mammograms — lifesaving care for women where Planned Parenthood is their only source of health care.
Looking at the reports it does indeed appear that Komen’s Planned Parenthood decision all about politics:
The Dallas-based organization, which is the country’s biggest breast cancer charity, insisted its controversial decision to defund Planned Parenthood affiliates was made only in light of Komen’s new policy against supporting agencies that are under investigation. (The congressional investigation itself was launched by a conservative Republican and spurred by antiabortion groups.)
The decision was “not about politics,” a Komen statement insisted.

But the truth is that Komen founder Nancy Brinker has strong Republican ties and Cecile Richards, who leads Planned Parenthood, is daughter of late Texas Gov. Ann Richards and has longtime Democratic Party ties. Also worth noting: This is an election year. [Emphasis added]

Other election/politics related information includes the fact that Komen's new vice president, Karen Handel, ran an aggressively anti-abortion and anti-Planned Parenthood platform and was endorsed by Sarah Palin in her run for governor of Georgia in 2010.  She firmly stated she does not endorse Planned Parenthood's mission.

As soon as Komen unveiled a new partnership to strengthen its ties to the  policy-making arm of the  George W. Bush Institute, they decided to stop funding Planned Parenthood.  The G.W. Bush Institute also provides overall coordination of the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative, described as an “innovative partnership to leverage public and private investments in global health to combat cervical and breast cancer” in developing nations in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

Other partners along with Susan G. Komen include the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS.

The Washington Post notes:
The founding corporate sponsor is Merck, which is making a financial contribution of $3 million over three years and in-kind contributions to a cervical cancer vaccination program in Tanzania.

Merck, which manufactures the Gardasil vaccine, is a longtime campaign donor to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose ties to the company were briefly an issue during his failed presidential bid. Rival Michele Bachman accused Perry of pushing the Gardasil vaccine on young girls in Texas at Merck’s behest in 2007.
You may recall that Planned Parenthood's Richards, mother, Texas Gov. Ann Richards, lost her reelection bid to Bush. As a reaction to the announcement Dallas Democratic donors Ann and Lee Fikes  donated $250,000 donation to Planned Parenthood in response to the Komen decision to help launch a Breast Health Emergency Fund to offset Komen’s funding cut at 19 local Planned Parenthood programs.

Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun said earlier that the cutoff results from the charity's newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) called for a  far-reaching investigation into Planned Parenthood and its handling of federal funding as reported by HuffingtonPost
After Republican lawmakers tried and failed to defund Planned Parenthood during federal budget negotiations in February, the anti-abortion activist group Americans United for Life released a 30-page report that accused the family planning provider of misusing federal funds, failing to report child sex abuse, assisting sex traffickers and a host of other illegal activities, though similar accusations were made against Planned Parenthood and debunked earlier this year. The purpose of AUL's report was to convince Congress to investigate Planned Parenthood and revoke its taxpayer funds.

Over the past five years, Komen funding has provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams out of more than 4 million nationwide at Planned Parenthood health centers. Komen has also provided more than 6,400 out of 70,000 mammogram referrals.

Those non-abortion-related services are often the collateral damage when Planned Parenthood takes a hit.

I told the board of Susan G. Komen: Don't throw Planned Parenthood under the bus! Don't cave to anti-woman extremists and cut off funding for breast cancer screenings at the largest provider of health care for women.
I hope you will too. You can get more information and sign the petition at the link below.


Planned Parenthood is determined to make sure that Komen’s decision doesn’t jeopardize women’s access to health care. Please make a contribution today to help us defend access to care and continue to protect and promote women's health.

Read more about The Politics of Planned Parenthood 

(1) http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57369527-10391704/susan-g-komen-cuts-ties-with-planned-parenthood/
(2) http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jan/31/planned-parenthood-bullying-cancer-charity
(3) http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/post/komens-planned-parenthood-decision-all-about-politics/2012/02/01/gIQAJS1xhQ_blog.html
(4) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/31/komen-planned-parenthood-cuts-karen-handel_n_1245568.html?ref=mostpopular



Planned Parenthood

Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Avon Foundation Breast Centre

Breast Cancer Action (vocally opposed to Komen's cutting funding to PP)

American Cancer Society 

Breast Cancer Fund
National Breast Cancer Foundation


Corporate Sponsors of SGKF to Boycott:

ACH Food Companies: Bake for the Cure
Acushnet - Titleist, Pinnacle and FootJoy Worldwide
Alternative Apparel
American Airlines
American Blue Ribbon Holdings
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Ansell Healthcare Products LLC
Aquage (SalonQuest, LLC)
Arizona AFO
Armouth International
Avcor Healthcare Products, Inc.
Balance Walking by Foot Solutions
Bank of America
BCBG MAXAZRIA and ClearVision Optical
Beemster Cheese
Berkley Packaging Company, Inc.
Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc.
BoConcept USA, Inc.
Boots Retail USA, Inc
Boston Proper
Boston Warehouse
Bowl for the Cure
Brinker International
Brown Shoe Company
California Pear Advisory Board
Canari Cyclewear
Candy Coburn – Pink Warrior
Caribou Coffee Company, Inc.
Carlisle Collection, Ltd
Century Payments
Charlotte Motor Speedway and The Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage
Chasing Fireflies
Chesapeake Bay Candle Co
Citizen Watch Company of America
Clean Ones Corporation
Coldwater Creek
Collegiate Shipping Products, LLC
Corning Life Sciences
Dallas Cowboys - I Promise
Deluxe Checks
Deuce Brand
DS Waters
Eggland's Best, Inc.
Evite and Postmark
Exercise TV
Exhale Enterprises, Inc.
Fable Designs, Inc
Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove and Dare to Dream
Ford Gum
Ford Motor Company
Forever 21
Fragrance Marketing Group
Freed’s Bakery, LLC
FUZE and Honest Tea
Garden State Growers
General Growth Properties
General Mills Pink Together
Global Filtration
Globe Electric
Graphique de France
GUESS by Marciano
Hallmark Gold Crown Stores
Hampshire Designers
Hand & Nail Harmony
Helzberg Diamonds
Holland America Line
HSN – Shop for the Cure®
Hunter Boot USA, LLC
Interfresh, Inc.
J. Berry Nursery
Jason Aldean
Jersey Mike's Subs
Kelly Gale Amen Design
Kent International, Inc.
Kentucky Oaks Ladies First
Key Brands International
KeyBank Foundation
King’s Hawaiian Bakery West, Inc.
Kobian USA, Inc.
Koch Filter Corporation
Koi Design
La Madeleine
LaCroix Sparkling Water
Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
Liberty Mutual
LIFE Event-The Val Skinner Foundation
Louisville Stoneware
Lowe’s Companies, Inc
LPGA Golf Clinics for Women
Major League Baseball
McAlister's Deli
MD Jockey Club - Preakness
MegaGoods, Inc.
Merck Consumer Care
Meredith Corporation
Mobile Edge
Mohawk Flooring - Decorate for the Cure
Mrs. Baird's Bakeries
Napa Valley Naturals
Nature's Flowers
NBC Today Show
Nestle Purina PetCare Company
New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.
New Global Charities
North American Licensing Company
Not Your Daughter's Jeans
Oil Can Henry's
Old Navy
Omaha Steaks
On The Border – Fiesta for the Cure™
Opal Orthodontics by Ultradent
Oracle Giving Commitment Grant
Oregon Cherry Growers, Inc.
Oriental Trading Company
Otis Spunkmeyer, Inc.
Pandora Jewelry
Paris Accessories, Inc (MMG Corporation)
Payless ShoeSource
Pepperidge Farm
Philips Consumer Lifestyle
Pink Ribbon Produce
Pottery Barn Kids
Premium Outlets
Pretzel Crisps
Princess Cruises Community Foundation
Prolacta Bioscience
Provide Commerce
Rally for the Cure®
Rich Products Corporation
Robinson Home Products
Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc.
Samsung Electronics Europe
Santa Barbara Design Studio and Designs by Lolita
Sarah Fisher Racing
Savvi Formalwear
SELF Magazine
Shoutback Concepts - Deals for the Cure
Shuman Produce, Inc.
Simon Malls
Specialized Bicycle Components
Springs Global
Stanley Black & Decker
Stein Mart
Stylemark, Inc.
Sy Kessler Sales, Inc.
Teasdale Quality Foods
The Hillman Group
The Mohawk Group - Specify for a Cure
The Republic of Tea
TPR Holdings LLC
Trident Seafoods Corporation
True Religion Brand Jeans
Tubbs Romp to Stomp Snowshoe Series
U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
Wacoal America
Wells Lamont
Woman Within
Yoplait USA
Young Dental
Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity
Zumba Fitness

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