Susan G. Komen for the Cure to Planned Parenthood (and Poor Women): ‘Drop Dead’

Ok, I WAS going to post a Maddow clip relating to Mittens’ overwhelming, inevitable victory in Florida. But come on — you already know the Sunshine State score: Big money, kosher food, negative ads, moon colonies.

This is WAY more important:  the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation, one of the most prominent breast cancer non-profs,  is reportedly cutting funds it had been providing to Planned Parenthood, previously used by PP to offer breast cancer screening services to low income women.

Why did Komen suddenly decided to stop funding PP?


The group has been under pressure from anti-abortion rights groups not to fund Planned Parenthood. It also hired a vice president last year who had previously advocated for the group’s defunding in her run for Georgia governor. With a congressional investigation underway, Komen pulled its support.

That’s right: (poor, largely non-white, disposable) women’s lives have been put at risk, all because the fetus-fetishizing anti-choice fringe has totally hijacked the US political process (and, apparently, infiltrated a key non-prof dedicated to women’s health) and could not care less if (poor, largely non-white, disposable) women become collateral damage in the long war against reproductive freedom.

Xeni Jardin (who is currently experiencing breast cancer up-close and personal) breaks it down:

The short version: Komen hired an anti-choice politician to become the charity’s vice-president before announcing this change in policy.

From her 2010 campaign website: “Since I am pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood.”

Regarding state funds for the women’s health clinics which she acknowledged were used for “breast and cervical cancer screening,” she said while campaigning, “I’ll eliminate them as your next Governor.”

Lame, lame, lame, lame. Cancer doesn’t care if you’re pro-choice or not.

No, cancer doesn’t care.

Akiba Solomon nails it:

If we needed evidence that the radical anti-choice movement is willing to sacrifice the lives of women for what they claim is a pro-life stance, this is the smoking gun.

The founder and chair of @komenforthecure is Nancy Brinker. Email:

Related: Planned Parenthood statement responding to the abrupt, politically-motivated defunding;  more from Daily KosThinkProgressTBoggFeministingskippy the bush kangarooBalloon JuiceTaylor MarshCrooks and Liars, Little Green FootballsLawyers, Guns & Money, Feministe

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