While I generally don’t get too involved with US politics, et al, this has been a predominant news item, popping up in the feeds of a number of people I follow online. Credit for finding the illustration, for example (by Liana Maris) goes to Lousy Canuck.
When the nation’s largest breast cancer advocacy organization considered in October cutting off most of its financial support to the nation’s largest abortion provider, the breast cancer group was hoping for a quiet end to an increasingly controversial partnership.
Instead, the organization, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, is now engulfed in a controversy that threatens to undermine one of the most successful advocacy campaigns. The foundation’s decision to eliminate most of its grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening caused a cascade of criticism from prominent women’s groups, politicians and public health advocates and a similarly strong outpouring of support from conservative women and religious groups that oppose abortion.
Now, leaders of both the Komen foundation and Planned Parenthood are accusing each other of bad faith and actions that undermine women. And two organizations dedicated to detecting and curing breast cancer have found themselves on opposite sides of the nation’s divisive debate over abortion.
Of course, you only have to look at Twitter to see how it has all gone… well, really BADLY for Komen:
American Association of University Women, a national org w/1,000 branches, severs all ties with Komen.
The Decemberists pull support from @komenforthecure – now will raise funds for Planned Parenthood.
Care2.com: Planned Parenthood Sees Huge Increase In Donations After Komen Decision.
…and what else? Check out Andrea Mitchell, on MSNBC, talking to Nancy Brinker: