IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BOOBIES…(And, punishing poor women for political gain!)

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BOOBIES…(And, punishing poor women for political gain!)

Komen has arrived on the front lines, in the War on the POOR.  (Hey, if Mitt Romney, the Radical Republicans, and the Tea Partiers  don’t care about the poor, then why should Komen… ) {SARCASM INTENDED & APPLIED}

Yes.  The legendary Susan G. Komen Foundation, known for its fundraising efforts in the fight against cancer said that it would be withdrawing grants given to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.  Who does this hurt?  Women at or below the poverty level.

Komen, really.  We looked the other way when we found out that your CEO rakes in almost a ½ million dollar a year salary-But when you cave to political pressure in spite of the lives it will cost, we draw the goddamn line!

33 MILLION WOMEN visit Planned Parenthood each year.   76% of 33 MILLION are at or below the poverty level.

Fun facts about Komen and the Far, Far RIGHT….

Congressional Republicans being the Far Right’s willing foot soldiers in its war on women, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) launched an inquiry to determine whether Planned Parenthood uses public money to fund abortions. Planned Parenthood receives federal money but cannot use it to  provide abortions. The malicious and farcical inquiry is based on the ongoing smear campaign against Planned Parenthood by Religious  Right activists,  but Komen is using this as its excuse to stop funding Planned Parenthood’s critical work — citing a new policy about not supporting organizations  under congressional investigation.

The right-wing pressure leading to Komen’s decision   also came from within the organization. Last year, Komen hired as its new  vice president of public policy Karen Handel, an anti-choice former  secretary of state and Republican candidate for governor in Georgia. During her failed primary bid, Handel vowed to cut off any state-allocated funds to Planned Parenthood and was one of Sarah Palin’s infamous “Mama Grizzly”  endorsed candidates. Indeed, the bio on Handel’s Twitter  account reads “Lifelong Conservative Republican formerly Georgia’s first Republican Secretary of State,” giving an indication of her priorities.

It’s now being reported  that Komen’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, resigned in protest immediately following the Komen board’s decision to cut off Planned Parenthood in December.

In another apparent nod to anti-choice activists, Komen has also quietly stopped funding potentially life-saving stem cell      research, showing that its mission to find “a cure” takes a back seat to its desire to please social conservatives.

Komen’s board includes Jane Abraham, the General Chairman of the anti-choice Susan B. Anthony List (SBA). SBA constantly  spreads false information about federal government funding of abortion and  public health and medical evidence surrounding safe abortion care. Abrams  is also closely tied with the Nurturing Network, which exists for the sole purpose of convincing women that abortions cause a range of unrelated  health problems, like  promoting the mythical link between abortions and breast cancer.   Jodi Jacobson at RH  Reality Check rightly asks, “Can you trust  a breast cancer organization whose staff and board members lie about  breast cancer?”

The GOOD NEWS?  Planned Parenthood donations have surged.  Let’s keep the momentum going: Donate Now.

More about Komen’s decision:

Daily KOS

Open Secrets

Talking Points Memo

Alter Net: Breasts Yes, Vaginas No?

Komen Faces Backlash After Pulling Planned Parenthood Funds

Komen Foundation In Contortions Over Justifying Planned Parenthood Decision