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February 5, 2012 at 12:09 pm #151909
from Good Magazine:
Date:February 3, 2012
Damage Control: Why the Backlash Against the Komen Foundation Succeeded
On Tuesday, the anti-breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen For The Cure announced it was pulling funds that it had previously provided Planned Parenthood for breast exams. And today, after a hailstorm of protest on Twitter, Facebook, and Susan G. Komen’s message boards, the charity announced that it would be restoring Planned Parenthood’s grants.
Folks across the Internet are attributing this victory to, well, the Internet. Yay, social media! But it’s worth asking why this particular attack on women’s health prompted such a deafening outcry. After all, just one year ago the House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood outright. Conservative legislators rail against the HPV vaccine, which also prevents women from getting life-threatening cancer. Neither case prompted a fraction of the ire. What exactly got us so riled up this time?
The Komen Foundation’s reversal is an undeniable victory. It’s also a lesson. We may not have a choice about paying our taxes, but we still have a right to hold our legislators accountable for where that money goes. If we make them look as bad as we just made the Susan G. Komen Foundation, perhaps they’ll even listen to us.
February 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm #151915
February 7, 2012 at 7:02 pm #151913
The final straw; Although I seriously doubt it:
From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Karen Handel resigns from Komen for the Cure
Karen Handel, the former GOP candidate for governor, just announced her resignation as a senior vice president for public policy of Susan G. Komen for the Cure – one week after the breast cancer charity reversed itself on a decision to sever financial ties with Planned Parenthood.
Below is the letter. Note that Handel says she is declining the offer of a severance package from Komen — which might have required her to keep silent.
February 12, 2012 at 9:22 pm #151911
This Issue STILL wont go away:
Interesting read and MNBC view of another part of the saga…
This gets to the heart of the problem at Komen for the Cure. In her dual roles as Movement Conservative, loyal Bushie activist on the one hand, and mega-million–raising breast cancer charity CEO on the other, Karen Brinker seems to have “mixed” goals. Or less kindly, she has mixed her twin goals into one unified effort.
Either way, the heart of the conflict is Brinker herself. Here a former Komen board member publicly calls on Brinker to resign.
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