As I said when this scandal was going on, I don’t think there will be a Susan G. Komen Foundation for too much longer. This demotion just makes me believe that more. The shine on the pink ribbon has completely worn off, with fundraising and major events like their annual walk-a-thon down sharply. The Planned Parenthood controversy really put the spotlight on not only Komen’s politics but also their activities, and how they weren’t really moving toward “the cure” but raising a lot of money to raise their own profile. Women are savvy enough, when presented with the facts, to recognize the fundraising-for-fundraising’s-sake at the heart of the Komen mission.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday June 11, 2012 5:00 pm|
Breast cancer. We all know at least one person affected by it, often many more. And while breast cancer rates are increasing and billions of dollars have been raised by the Susan G Komen Foundation and other mega- and mini-charities, the treatment hasn’t changed much over the decades; it’s still as Dr. Susan Love says: “slash, burn and poison.”
Pink Ribbons, Inc., in theaters now, explores the fluffy, pink, feel-good phenomenon of breast cancer marketing and culture, how it is being exported as part of globalization, and used as political propaganda — the pinkwashing — not only of companies, but also the United States. Our guests are producer Ravida Din; health care advocate Barbara Brenner, the former executive director of Breast Cancer Action; and Dr. Samantha King, author of the book Pink Ribbons, Inc., Breast Cancer and Politics of Philanthropy.
|By: Teddy Partridge Thursday May 31, 2012 5:00 pm|
The Komen Race for the Cure in the District of Columbia is one of the nation’s largest, with as many as 60,000 runners in past years. This year, in the wake of the Komen Foundation’s disastrous attack on Planned Parenthood following their hiring of a failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate and Palin acolyte, registration for the run is down 40%.
|By: David Dayen Friday April 13, 2012 8:00 pm|
I don’t know that there will BE a Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure for much longer, but let the record show that they have been forced into a complete reversal on their high-profile effort to defund Planned Parenthood. This exposed the right-wing tendency inside the foundation’s leadership, appalling much of their membership.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday March 21, 2012 12:45 pm|
If we’re seeing any renaissance in American politics at the moment, it comes from a backlash against an ever-advancing policy against the ability for women to think and make choices for themselves. Women — and the men who respect them — have had enough of conservative overreach, and we’re seeing a real and sustained pushback.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday February 7, 2012 9:15 am|
As expected by TBogg yesterday, Karen Handel, the anti-abortion activist who wound up as a Vice President for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, has resigned from the organization. She leaves behind an angry resignation letter and a discredited organization.
|By: Phoenix Woman Sunday February 5, 2012 5:00 pm|
Stearns spokesman Paul Flusche denies it, but…
|By: David Dayen Friday February 3, 2012 11:10 am|
There’s actually a little more confusion than initially reported about Susan G. Komen’s actual commitment to restoring Planned Parenthood funds. They certainly wanted everyone to think that they were changing their policy. Upon closer inspection of their statement, however, they may be trying to take credit for a change in policy without actually doing so.
|By: David Dayen Friday February 3, 2012 8:46 am|
Well, that was pointless. After shifting rationales, unreliable claims of bravado and the resignation of top staffers, the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure has reversed its decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood, reinstating its donation to support breast cancer screenings at the organization’s clinics.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday February 1, 2012 7:20 pm|
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure denied funding for breast cancer screenings to Planned Parenthood today in an anti-abortion frenzy designed to hurt the women’s health provider. The effect was a glancing blow. In the past 24 hours, 6,000 donors have delivered $400,000 to Planned Parenthood, almost half of the annual donation from Susan G. Komen, on whom a ton of criticism is about to fall.