I’ve either got the flu or I’m nauseated by the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood fiasco.
I’ll take Door #2, SGK/PP, for $200 — the donation that will now go fucking directly to Planned Parenthood since Komen made the ill-advisedly cruel decision to acquiesce to the ideological pressure of fetus fetishists on its board and cut funding ties with Planned Parenthood (Komen: do not pass GO, do NOT collect MY $200).
As a breast cancer survivor, I can’t even begin to describe how upset I am by the idea that an organization I *thought* was a friend to women like me would turn on us like a mad dog.
The notion that there are women — waitresses and cashiers and in this economy, unemployed — who will now be unable to get breast screening because they rely on Planned Parenthood for such services, and who might in fact DIE because of Komen’s decision, is more horrific to me than anyone could imagine. I was a waitress just barely getting by when I was diagnosed: if I’d had to pay for that fateful mammogram, I wouldn’t have been diagnosed, I would have been dead.
Apparently I am not alone in feeling this way. Surfing the twit machine between bouts of nausea — Komenausea? — last night, I saw this outstanding example of People Power: some enterprising pro-choice hacker hit the Komen website and “edited” one of its ads. The original:
Which through the magic of technology became the New & Improved:
Ain’t technology wonderful? Occupy the Cure!
Komen, the marketing juggernaut that brought the world the ubiquitous pink ribbon campaign, says it cut-off Planned Parenthood because of a newly-adopted foundation rule prohibiting it from funding any group that is under formal investigation by a government body. (Planned Parenthood is being investigated by Rep. Cliff Stearns, an anti-abortion Florida Republican, who says he is trying to learn if the group spent public money to provide abortions.)
But three sources with direct knowledge of the Komen decision-making process told me that the rule was adopted in order to create an excuse to cut-off Planned Parenthood.
(Screenshot courtesy of The General on Twitter)