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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Komen and Planned Parenthood

I was so shocked by Komen's decision to defund Planned Parenthood, but so thrilled with the uproar that resulted in their reversal just a few days later, and the resignation of the architect of the move, Karen Handel.  If feels like a triumph for the left and for women's issues.

In the brouhaha, I learned a several things that make me less inclined to support Komen in the future, despite their reversal on PP funding:

* Komen lawyers regularly harass small charities into removing the word "Cure" from their name, e.g., "Biking for the Cure" or "Kites for the Cure," even if the charity is not related to breast cancer.

* Despite their name ("for the Cure"), Komen spends less than 35% of their proceeds actually funding research (maybe as little as 15%, depending on how the figure is calculated).

* In order to secure corporate sponsors, Komen allows all sorts of questionable "pink washing" including a pink hand gun produced by Walther.

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