First it was “Lawsuits for the Cure,” as Stephen Colbert so aptly called it. Then it was the perfume debacle. But Komen finally went too far by denying funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings. Apparently they went too far even for some of their own staff. I just read an excellent article in The Atlantic that says Komen’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, quit in protest when the funding was cut off. I’m glad to see that someone is still guided by a moral compass. You may be shocked when you read how they engineered the end of funding. It’s back-room politics at its worst.
I’m like many others in the blogosphere–although I was beginning to have serious doubts, the one thing that kept me hanging on was Komen’s support of low-income women. No more. They’ve done away with any pretense of caring about anything except their brand, and now, their politics. They will sue the smallest event, shill carcinogenic products, and create a rule specifically designed around reproductive politics, hurting the very people they once purported to help. Because make no mistake, women with money don’t go to Planned Parenthood. Women of means will always have a choice. It’s the poor who have their choices taken away. Komen’s actions are as despicable as they are arrogant.
It’s time to hit Komen where it hurts–in their wallet. They’ve proven time and again they worship the Almighty Dollar. (They were honest enough to remove “for the Cure” from their tagline. If they were completely honest, they’d change their pink ribbon to green.) I’m never giving another dime to Komen. I’m far from a big contributor. I’m good for about a hundred bucks a year, supporting friends in the Race for The Cure in Omaha and Kansas City. But multiply me by a million people and you’re starting to talk real money.
Donate to Planned Parenthood so they can continue offering screenings to low-income women. Donate to Metavivor (which goes to metastatic breast cancer research). Donate to (and join) the Army of Women. Donate to your local church that provides rides to chemotherapy patients. These organizations remember why they exist, and actually help people. Money talks; it’s time for us to start shouting.