Commentary

February 16, 2012

Susan G. Komen Backlash

A demonstrator shows support for breast exams at a Planned Parenthood rally last year. Photo by Women's eNews. Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

A demonstrator shows support for breast exams at a Planned Parenthood rally last year. Photo by Women's eNews. Creative Commons, some rights reserved.

For the past 5 years, the Susan G. Komen foundation (responsible for breast cancer research and awareness) has provided funding to Planned Parenthood. The funding provided breast examinations to low-income patients. But because of pressure from conservative groups, the foundations decided suddenly to cut the funding from Planned Parenthood, where many low-income and uninsured people go to for family planning, HIV testing, and other important services.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has since reversed their decision to defund Planned Parenthood, but those in support of Planned Parenthood and the services they provide have not forgotten about the damage this has caused.

I believe that the foundation’s decision to pull their funding was purely politics, and they just had fallen victim to conservative guilt tactics in attempt to gain their support. I think it is wrong for conservatives to defund something that helps plenty of people who need it.

However, though the foundation only provided funding for breast examinations, they were probably seen by conservatives as a foundation that “supports” abortion (which is a service that Planned Parenthood provides), and may have completely overlooked the reason why they helped with funding in the first place.

With that said, I feel bad for the people in charge at the Susan G. Komen foundation, because they were not strong enough to stand up to politically and morally conservative groups, though they knew they were funding a good cause.

I would love to hear from the people who depend on these services and the communities they impact; in the end politics shouldn’t get in the way of people being helped.






  • http://www.facebook.com/kristineconviction Kristine Balliet

    Great job on this! ” in the end politics shouldn’t get in the way of people being helped.” that pretty much sums it all up!


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