The Nonprofiteer has been wondering what to write about . . .

but she’d really have preferred not to have this as an inspiration.  There is no excuse for the decision of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, until now a respected source of information and funding in the fight against breast cancer, to defund Planned Parenthood‘s program of providing breast exams to poor women.

In fact, the decision doesn’t even make sense–unless you consider that a recent addition to the Board of Komen is an anti-choice ex-politician from Georgia.  As another commentator has wisely noted, Planned Parenthood will survive this latest injury–the Nonprofiteer’s determination to support the agency has just been redoubled, and probably her gift will be, too–but Komen may not.

Please join the Nonprofiteer in notifying Komen of your distress at its decision to let irrelevant politics endanger the lives and health of poor women, and of your decision to redirect to Planned Parenthood any support you may have been giving to Komen.

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4 Responses to “The Nonprofiteer has been wondering what to write about . . .”

  1. Has the 'Pink Ribbon' come to represent corporate cowardice? | Deep Brain Media Says:

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  2. Anita Bernstein Says:

    “until now a respected source of information and funding in the fight against breast cancer”? Not in all quarters: http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/
    There’s also Barbara Ehrenreich’s classic http://www.barbaraehrenreich.com/cancerland.htm, which won a National Magazine Award in 2002.

  3. Henry Dunbar Says:

    One tiny quibble with your post: The conservative person in question is/was on the staff of SKG, not the Board. It’s a small but important distinction. While she may have been driving the policy change from within, the Board is the one with the authority and it decided to make the change. So while that person has resigned from the staff, I think the Board still has some “splainning” to do.

    • Nonprofiteer Says:

      Henry: You’re absolutely right; my mistake. And that woman’s resignation from the staff does indeed leave the Board to explain why it did what it did. Irritatingly, CBS News yesterday reported that she’d quit because she was upset by mischaracterizations of the decision–language taken directly from her press release–whereas it would appear to be more accurate to say that she’d quit because she lost a political power struggle in which she’d engaged. And good riddance!

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