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Tattered Pink Ribbons

February 2, 2012

The Susan G. Komen Foundation recently announced that it is pulling funding from several Planned Parenthood clinics because Planned Parenthood is currently under a federal investigation which goes against their national policy.  A policy which was put in place by a woman who recently ran for governor of Georgia on a strongly pro-life platform. Over a federal investigation started by a strongly pro-life politician.  If this were the plot of a movie, Handel would be the evil vice principal who changed the school policy to say that no student could go to the prom if they were under investigation by the police, and Stearns would be the local hick sheriff who investigates Our Scrappy Crew  Of Misfits for breaking the law.  Note that in neither case does Stearns actually prove that anyone has done anything wrong.  So much for innocent until proven guilty.

The disconnect here would boggle the mind if you didn’t understand the pro-birth mindset.  After all, why on earth would people push to defund a procedure which saves lives?  The answer is simple: For far too many on the pro-birth side, pregnancy is a punishment for having sex.  It is the consequence of not “keeping her legs shut.” Women who have abortions should be punished for some other way to make up for ducking out on that sentence.  The anti-choice crowd has been pushing their claim that abortion causes breast cancer for years despite all evidence to the contrary.  Clearly, if a woman has an abortion, she doesn’t deserve to have mammograms either.  Breast cancer is the punishment for women who avoided the punishment of staying pregnant.

In all of this, no one seems to care about the women themselves.  If the Komen foundation truly wanted to make sure that their money didn’t go to funding abortions, they could do what the federal government did and earmark the money for mammograms.  Instead, they pulled funding from clinics without a single thought to the lives of the women they are affecting.  Women who might not otherwise be able to afford a mammogram.  Lower income women who are just trying to find a way to stay healthy and get on with their lives.  Women who may not have even ever been pregnant, let alone had an abortion.

The Komen foundation’s message here is clear.  They want to find a cure for breast cancer and save the lives of women.  Unless she’s had an abortion.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Evelyn Logan permalink
    February 2, 2012 8:38 am

    Well, while I disagree with their policy, I also have to take a libertarian view that they can support or not support what they wish with the money they raise. Otherwise, it would be like telling me that I *must* support a war I disagree with, which, as we know, only the government can do.

    • February 2, 2012 9:14 am

      If they were to come out and say “Hey, we’ve decided we can’t support Planned Parenthood anymore because they do abortions” I’d still be disappointed, but at least they’d be honest about it. It’s this sneaky backdoor bullshit that infuriates me.

      And you’re right. They are fully within their rights to support or not support what they wish with the money they raise. And we’re fully within our rights to think it’s a crappy decision that’s going to harm women seeking low cost cancer screenings while doing absolutely nothing to reduce abortions.

  2. stardreamer permalink
    February 3, 2012 11:38 am

    “…which, as we know, only the government can do.”

    Unless you’re a cable company, in which case you can have a monopoly on as much area as you can hold, completely unregulated, and screw competition.

    You learn something new every day.

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