Tell Komen for the Cure, "Don't bow to anti-choice pressure. Reestablish breast health
funding for Planned Parenthood affiliates."
Dear MoveOn member,
Susan G. Komen for the Cure just cut all its funding to Planned Parenthood for breast
bowing to anti-choice pressure and making breast health care suddenly inaccessible
to many women.
Planned Parenthood health centers are often the main source of health care for women
in underserved communities, and they provide 830,000 breast exams every year.
170,000 of these were funded through Komen, along with 6,400 mammogram referrals.
Without Komen's funding, many of these women could be unable to get the screenings
and early detection of breast cancer that save lives.
It's incredibly disappointing for an organization founded to protect women's health
to play politics with real women's lives.
Tell Susan G. Komen for the Cure, "Don't bow to anti-choice pressure. Reestablish breast health funding for Planned Parenthood affiliates."
Komen has raised tons of money and awareness about breast cancer from people who
care about women's health. They need to know that they've gone too far by joining
the right-wing war on Planned Parenthood—which, let's be honest, is really a war
on women. That's why we're partnering with the new organization UltraViolet to get
Komen to reverse this decision.
Komen says this isn't about choice, but it recently changed its funding guidelines
to exclude any organization under investigation by Congress, knowing that a baseless
investigation into Planned Parenthood had been opened by Republican Representative
Cliff Stearns at the request of anti-choice groups.
And Komen has strong links to the anti-choice movement. Its new vice president of
public policy, Karen Handel, ran for governor of Georgia in 2010 on an aggressively
anti-choice platform, part of which was a pledge to defund Planned Parenthood.
Komen needs to hear that we won't stand for this kind of political posturing when
real lives are at stake.
Tell them to reestablish funding for Planned Parenthood now.
Thanks for all you do.
–Elena, Steven, Adam Q., Laura, and the rest of the team
1. "Amid abortion debate, Komen cancer charity halting grants to Planned Parenthood,"
The Washington Post
, January 31, 2012
2. "Protect Women's Health, Protect Planned Parenthood," Planned Parenthood Federation
of America, April 12, 2011
3."Komen breast cancer charity severs ties with Planned Parenthood,"
The Los Angeles Times, February 1, 2012
4. "Planned Parenthood Investigation Is An Abuse Of Government Resources, Democrats
Charge," Huffington Post, November 27, 2011
5. "Komen Cuts Planned Parenthood Grants Months After Arrival Of New VP, Who Is Abortion
Foe," Huffington Post, January 31, 2012
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This makes me Mad! What the Hell do breast cancer exams and referrals for screening have to do with Abortion? Ok, so this Former funder thinks all abortions are wrong. But Why cut funding for breast cancer information, exams, and referrals? Planned Parenthood works on a Sliding Scale. As a cancer survivor who lost both my father (obviosly Not to breast cancer) And a close female friend to cancer, this Pisses me off!
What do we have here, a "Let Stephanie die with Steve," moment? At least those who choose can squak about This.
Will Blogger let these ""bad words" through if they aren't in the "labels?"