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Well ladies, here's your the-world-is-full-of-insane-assholes news item of the day: Susan G. Komen For the Cure is cutting off its funding to Planned Parenthood. And the funding wasn't for something controversial like birth control or abortions. Nope, it was for breast cancer screenings.
The cancer charity claims the move is due to Planned Parenthood being under investigation by Congress, but Planned Parenthood rightly contends that the real reason lies with anti-abortion groups, who have been giving Komen grief for this affiliation. (Coincidentally, the congressional investigation was launched by Cliff Stearns, a conservative Republican who was egged on by a "report" from Americans United for Life.) Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has responded thusly:
It was incredibly surprising. It wasn't even a conversation — it was an announcement... It's hard to understand how an organization with whom we share a mission of saving women's lives could have bowed to this kind of bullying. It's really hurtful.
According to Planned Parenthood, Komen provided $680,000 in breast cancer screenings and breast health services to at least 19 of its affiliates last year, and $580,000 the year before. The two organizations began their partnership in 2005, and Planned Parenthood says it performed nearly 170,000 of its four million breast exams over the past five years with Komen funding.
Luckily, Planned Parenthood has already recovered some of the lost funding through a $250,000 donation from the family foundation of Dallas oilman Lee Fikes and his wife Amy. (Can I please get a rousing rendition of "You're the Best Around" for the Fikes?) Richards says the group is intent on raising the rest of the missing money so that women in need can still receive breast screenings.
This should go without saying, but since Komen hasn't come out and said, "Just kidding! We're not actually dicks," someone needs to put it out there: this is pure and utter bullshit. I can't even begin to describe how disturbing it is that the people cheering this split would deny women life-saving screenings just to stick it to Planned Parenthood. Excuse me while I weep for humanity, and look into a new charity to affiliate with my debit card.