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.
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.
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.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.
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.
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 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.
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ALTERNATIVES TO KOMEN:
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
American Blue Ribbon Holdings
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Ansell Healthcare Products LLC
Aquage (SalonQuest, LLC)
Avcor Healthcare Products, Inc.
Balance Walking by Foot Solutions
Bank of America
BCBG MAXAZRIA and ClearVision Optical
Berkley Packaging Company, Inc.
BIC USA Inc.
Boar’s Head Provisions Co., Inc.
BoConcept USA, Inc.
Boots Retail USA, Inc
Bowl for the Cure
Brown Shoe Company
California Pear Advisory Board
Candy Coburn – Pink Warrior
Caribou Coffee Company, Inc.
Carlisle Collection, Ltd
Charlotte Motor Speedway and The Dollar General 300 Miles of Courage
Chesapeake Bay Candle Co
Citizen Watch Company of America
Clean Ones Corporation
Collegiate Shipping Products, LLC
Corning Life Sciences
Dallas Cowboys - I Promise
Eggland's Best, Inc.
Evite and Postmark
Exhale Enterprises, Inc.
Fable Designs, Inc
Feld Entertainment’s Disney on Ice presents Treasure Trove and Dare to Dream
Ford Motor Company
Fragrance Marketing Group
Freed’s Bakery, LLC
FUZE and Honest Tea
Garden State Growers
General Growth Properties
General Mills Pink Together
Graphique de France
GUESS by Marciano
Hallmark Gold Crown Stores
Hand & Nail Harmony
Holland America Line
HSN – Shop for the Cure®
Hunter Boot USA, LLC
J. Berry Nursery
Jersey Mike's Subs
Kelly Gale Amen Design
Kent International, Inc.
Kentucky Oaks Ladies First
Key Brands International
King’s Hawaiian Bakery West, Inc.
Kobian USA, Inc.
Koch Filter Corporation
LaCroix Sparkling Water
Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA)
LIFE Event-The Val Skinner Foundation
Lowe’s Companies, Inc
LPGA Golf Clinics for Women
Major League Baseball
MD Jockey Club - Preakness
Merck Consumer Care
Mohawk Flooring - Decorate for the Cure
Mrs. Baird's Bakeries
Napa Valley Naturals
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
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.
Paris Accessories, Inc (MMG Corporation)
Philips Consumer Lifestyle
Pink Ribbon Produce
Pottery Barn Kids
Princess Cruises Community Foundation
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
Shoutback Concepts - Deals for the Cure
Shuman Produce, Inc.
Specialized Bicycle Components
Stanley Black & Decker
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
Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity