Tuesday, January 31, 2012
As a woman who has been vilified for a decade protesting Susan G Komen's Race for the Cure, I'm astounded by today's admission that they have made the decision to stop giving grants to Planned Parenthood!!
This news is HUGE and a long time in coming. Were it not for the diligent work of Lila Rose in determining that Planned Parenthood doesn't even do mammograms, the decision might have been postponed for a lot longer.
This quote from today's Washington Post, is indicative of how Planned Parenthood is on the precipice of the abyss:
The wife of one of America's first legislators to legalizing child killing bemoaned the decision, "The Komen decision was perplexing to Dottie Lamm, a Denver newspaper columnist and breast cancer survivor. She has done fundraising for Planned Parenthood, participated in several Races for the Cure, and serves on an honorary advisory council for the local Komen affiliate.
“It really makes me sad,” said Lamm, wife of former Colorado Gov. Richard Lamm. “I kind of suspect there’s a political agenda that got to Komen ... I hope it can be worked out.”
In 2006, Colorado Right to Life met with Komen officials in Denver along with former Komen board member, Eve Silver.
"Komen Denver board member and chairman of the grants committee, J.P. Pedinielli, and public relations representative, Dana Brandorff, attempted to dissuade CRTL from protesting at the Race arguing that "Planned Parenthood is not a current grantee" of Komen's Denver chapter, and when challenged, added that Planned Parenthood, "might have been a previous grantee." CRTL vice president Leslie Hanks then documented the continued local funding of the abortion provider throughout this decade. Eve Silver showed from Komen documentation that the national organization has given as much as $475,000 in a single year to abortion-provider Planned Parenthood."
"Even if abortion proved beneficial to a woman's health," said Hanks, "government should still prohibit the killing of an innocent human being, because abortion is always wrong."
When asked about why women aren't told about the most avoidable risk for breast cancer, Komen's Brandorff replied, "We tend to focus on the cure... we're focusing our energies on that, rather than the preventative."
After that shocking admission, I'm still incredulous that it took six more years for the truth to trickle out and enough organizations to put on the considerable pressure required for an appropriate business decision to be made.
Heads up, Starbucks!!