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For the Cure - We're All Mad Here
You can tell I'm mad because I have straw in my hair.
For the Cure
Yesterday, Susan G Komen for the Cure announced that it would end its grants -- almost $700,000 last year -- to Planned Parenthood to help them fund breast exams. The reason given was that the organization's rules did not allow it to provide funding to those under Congressional investigation, but as that rule is new and, I believe, affects only Planned Parenthood, it's a fairly transparent trick.

People are, as you might expect, furious about this. I imagine that some people are happy, too, but they're not being nearly as vocal at the moment. And frankly, unless they know of plans that Komen has to fund breast exams through someone else, I don't particularly care to hear from them; they're celebrating a political victory at the cost of people's lives. I wrote to Komen last night and asked if they had such plans, but I haven't heard back. I expect that they're a bit busy at the moment, honestly.

Oddly enough, I think this might turn out to be a good thing. According to reports, Planned Parenthood has raised over $250,000 since yesterday, which is an impressive start. This is also calling people's attention to the fact that Komen spends nearly a million dollars a year, not on breast cancer research, but on suing other charities who attempt to use "for the cure" in their names. And, since pink ribbons are splashed across every news site today, it's also drawing attention to breast cancer, at least as much as the ubiquitous bumper stickers do.

As ever, if this disgusts you, put your money where your mouth is. Go donate to Planned Parenthood. Write a note expressing your disappointment to the board of Susan G Komen. And contact your congresspeople to complain about Rep. Stearns' wasteful and unnecessary investigation of Planned Parenthood, which was the pretext for Komen's split. It'll cost you five dollars for the donation and five minutes on your computer for the emails. Make yourself heard.

Mood of the Moment: aggravated aggravated
Auditory Hallucination: Rebecca Loebe -- 10,000 Days

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bd1 From: bd1 Date: February 2nd, 2012 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm with you. Already done.
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