via Jezebel – The Susan G Komen For the Cure partnership with Planned Parenthood to provide
mammogram breast examinations screening for breast cancer has been terminated by the Susan G Komen Foundation, citing an organisational rule that bars them from contributing to organizations that are under investigation at the local, state, or federal level (not just organisations who have been found to have a case to answer, just being under investigation, for anything at all). This decision comes closely on the heels of the addition of a vocal anti-abortion and anti-PP ex-politician to the senior policy ranks of the Komen Foundation.
Yet again, the pro-life movement betrays its classism – forget all those other reproductive health care services Planned Parenthood (and only Planned Parenthood, in many areas) provides – services that help poor women survive and thrive in pregnancy and birthing, and that keep them healthy to raise their children. Since PP provides abortions as well they want to have the whole operation defunded, and if poor women can no longer find affordable screenings for breast or cervical cancer, or can no longer find affordable obsetric care, then that’s just to bad for them and their children.
It doesn’t matter to the pro-life zealots, because they and theirs can afford to get all those other reproductive services easily, and don’t care that other women cannot. And of course the idea that sometimes women have their own reasons for not wanting to continue a pregnancy, or health reasons requiring a pregnancy be aborted, has never mattered.
The fact that the “rule” they’re relying on has transparently been introduced just for the purpose of breaking off their support for PP? Just makes it even more indefensible.
Also? Getting the loudest subset of women who care about the health of other women angry with your decision to stop supporting healthcare for women? Telling people to donate to other organisations instead? Does this really sound like it’s in the best interests of the Komen Foundation’s mission to raise funds for curing cancer?
The pro-life zealots are so determined to sabotage Planned Parenthood that they are willing to take down one of the most visible and effective fundraising groups for research/treatment of cancers that affect primarily women in the USA. Sure, many feminists have criticised the way that they’ve pinkified cancer with their glamour-focussed campaigns, but everybody knows that they raise a lot of money for women’s health.
The pro-life zealots show no concern that destroying the Komen Foundation’s brand, by eroding the trust and goodwill that it has built up over decades, is going to have huge negative impacts on the health of hundreds and thousands of women. That’s how much they really care about women’s health.
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