Andrea Mitchell Interview With Nancy Brinker Of Komen (And How Everyone Is Taking A Twitter #standwithPP)

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.

Leslie Cannold (of, author of The Book of Rachael and soon to be speaking at the Global Atheist Convention in April) provided that link to the NY Times article:

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:

NY City Mayor Mike Bloomberg: I’m supporting #PlannedParenthood‘s lifesaving breast cancer screenings by matching $250,000 in donations #standwithPP

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. Planned Parenthood Sees Huge Increase In Donations After Komen Decision.

All California Komen affliates issue statement protesting decision to cut ties with Planned Parenthood.

…and what else? Check out Andrea Mitchell, on MSNBC, talking to Nancy Brinker:


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  • San Ban

    Good to see Mitchell doing her job, asking the tough questions. SGK is being patently dishonest by suggesting that PP has not been defunded and that the defunding (so PP has been defunded?) is due to “restructuring” to be more effective. Brinker talks about effectiveness but cannot say how PP has been ineffective. Desperate damage control attempt! I hope it doesn’t work. I’m sending off another email now.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    Nancy Brinker ran unsuccessfully for governor of Georgia on an anti-abortion platform. After she became Senior Vice President for Policy for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation the decision was made to defund Planned Parenthood. Brinker is more concerned with being anti-abortion than anti-cancer.

  • ‘Tis Himself, OM

    I was wrong in my post #2 above. Karen Handel, not Nancy Brinker, was the failed candidate who became a senior VP at the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

  • Tree

    The sight of Nancy Brinker makes the hair on the back of my neck raise. Usually I need to be in the physical presence of a psychopath (or whatever we’re calling them these days) for that to happen. Maybe it’s the reptilian stare coupled with the flash of psychotic rage?

    Only around 20% of the funds SGK raises goes to research. Adding in the massive, nauseating, corporate pinkwashing I think that all of the ingredients for a scam are there.