The Susan G. Komen Foundation, former heroes in the fight against breast cancer, has completely lost its mind.
That’s because 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. What were they thinking?
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.
Now that she’s at the Komen Foundation, funding for Planned Parenthood has been stopped. Who couldn’t see that one coming?
But it doesn’t stop there. 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.
Why are these right-wing terrorists so obsessed with other women’s fetuses and uteruses yet seem to have no regard for the living people in which these two bodies reside?
Are they just stupid? Didn’t they get enough hugs as a kid? Are they self-loatheres projecting their self-haterd onto others? Who knows.
I hope you are spurred to action. In addition to contacting your state or local Komen affiliate, here are some other things you can do:
- If you are on Twitter, find Komen’s celebrity spokespeople and supporters and tweet this information to them or ask them to withdraw their support and instead support a different organization. You can find celebrity supporters here and here.
- Support a breast cancer organization that puts women’s health ahead of politics. Organizations like Army of Women, Breast Cancer Action and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are good alternatives to the now-politicized Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
- Support Planned Parenthood AND other local women’s clinics in your area.
Komen’s decision was a major victory for the Radical Right and anti-choice activists, but a major defeat for low-income women and women’s health.
Do something about it. Specifically, divert all of your charitable donations to ANY women’s organization other than Komen. Let’s not feed the beast.