Komen collects donations and uses the money to help with cancer. In the past, huge chunks of money were donated to Planned Parenthood to help pay for breast exams and other breast cancer related services at Planned Parenthood facilities.
Then, Republican Cliff Stearns, a Congressional representative from Florida, launched an inquirey against Planned Parenthood. This investigation is widely regarded as a senseless political move, a mean spirited attack on women and women’s health, and a bunch of crap.
Apparently, and the details are largely secret at this time, various Right Wing Christian forces went to work to pressure Koman into dropping its funding for Planned Parenthood, and Komen dutifully caved. They either made up or pulled out of their non-profit asses a rule that said that they can’t fund agencies that are under investigation by local, state, or federal agencies. Then, they interpreted this sham inquirey in Congress as an “investigation by a federal agency” which it is not.
And, thus, under the guise of following their sanctimonious rule, Komen stopped funding help for cancer screening and other breast cancer related services to countless poor and underprivileged women.
What can you do?
- Visit Planned Parenthood’s Facebook page and say something nice.
- Then go to any one of the countless Komen facebook pages (like this one or this one) and let them know what you think. Normally I would say “respectfully” but I think I won’t.
Then, after you’ve made yourself feel all good and like you’ve done something, actually DO SOMETHING:
- Go here and make an emergency donation to Planned Parenthood to make up the shortfall.
- Use the share buttons down below or any other means you’d like to let everyone you know that Komen has jumped the shark and will no longer be regarded as a valid charity by anyone who does not hate women.
What are you sitting there staring at this blog post for? GET MOVING ON THIS! NAO!!!11!!