Betray is a strong word and I don’t use it lightly, but I think it is appropriate in this case.
To me the pink ribbon now has an X through it.
The Komen Foundation announced it had severed all ties with Planned Parenthood.
Komen had provided support via Planned Parenthood for women to receive healthcare including breast exams and mammograms. The money did not go to support abortions.
Nonetheless, the Komen foundation, in a cowardly move, caved in to pressure from extreme anti-abortion, anti-women’s rights groups to sever its ties with Planned Parenthood entirely.
An LA Times article quotes Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards that Komen provied support for “… about 170,000 of the breast exams and 6,400 mammogram referrals”. At this point it is unclear how the patients who received these tests will in the future continue to be screened for breast cancer.
Thus, the terrible irony here is that Komen’s decision actually puts more women at risk for breast cancer and could even lead to some additional breast cancer deaths.
Karen Handel, a relatively new VP at Komen and a pro-life activist, is credited with driving this decision by Komen.
Not only is this decision wrong and harmful, but it will embolden pro-life activists to target other organizations to pressure them to make bad decisions as well that will cost womens’ lives.
Time to fight back! Get to work! Boycott Komen and fight the anti-women extremists!