Susan G. Komen vs. Planned Parenthood: The delicious hidden irony

Sometimes, something dripping with so much righteousness¬†comes barreling out of the universe that I have to break polite society’s “don’t gloat” mantra and, well, gloat my face off.

As I am sure you are aware, Planned Parenthood was defunded by the Susan G. Komen For The Cure foundation to a chorus of dissent. People were angry at the decision rife with hypocrisy and several high-profile Komen officials threatened to quit including a medical advisor on the board.

Thankfully, as of a few moments ago, the foundation reversed its decision and decided to continue funding Planned Parenthood. Cool. But you know what the really happy ending is here? The Susan G. Komen For The Cure has inadvertently debunked the myth that Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill.

By highlighting the important services Planned Parenthood offers, such as the breast exams and mammogram referrals it provides to under-served women, the Komen scandal has actually helped Planned Parenthood’s long-misunderstood image.

So not only was Komen’s political agenda thwarted by the backlash of their misstep, their own image forever tarnished because no one believes they reversed the funding decision out of the goodness of their hearts, but they also exposed a much-needed truth about Planned Parenthood’s good and wonderful deeds.

As a matter of fact, 97% of Planned Parenthood’s services are distinctly not abortion-related. Pap smears, breast exams and disease testing are among the positive, under-glorified services available to low-income women.

So for that, um, thank you, Susan G. Komen For The Cure and your unfair political agenda!


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  • Komen also inadvertently brought to my attention that they are run by a bunch of anti-choice right-wing Republicans. I did not know that before. Now I do. And it will not be scrubbed from my brain now that they've reversed their decision. They will be paying for this mistake for a long time to come.

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  • Yeppers. Right on!

    I was, however, totally turned off by the petition floating around addressed to anti-women, anti-choice people.

    As someone who was pro-choice for so long (now I'm somewhere in the middle), and who got SO tired of people using the term "pro-abortion," it really irked me to see that the other side had now stooped to using those same manipulative tactics and it really left a bad taste in my mouth.

    However, I totally support PP and think it was ludicrous to cut cancer funding (something that would potentially KILL women) because a very small percentage of their services are abortions, especially when the money given by Komen was ear marked for cancer screening specifically. I guess overall I was pretty neutral on the whole thing, though, because they had every right to cut their funding just like PP has every right to perform abortions.

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