I've never been a big fan of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. With the pink ribbon everywhere, and after they sued smaller charities that use "for the cure" in any variation as if they owned the phrase, they always looked to me more like a brand and a business than a real charity. In addition, Nancy G. Brinker, its founder and CEO, is a major Republican donor. All of these, of course, does not deny that they've donated tons of money to really positive causes. But I've never donated to them because I never felt comfortable with all of the above. I just found out that Susan G. Komen has decided not to give Planned Parenthood a $600,000 grant to be used for breast exams for low-income women. Their reason for doing so is that Planned Parenthood is under Congressional investigation (an investigation brought by the same folks who destroyed ACORN). Most people, though, believe they are caving to the pressure of anti-abortion groups. It is really a shame that such a powerful
But it looks like the story might have a positive outcome. Not only the backlash has been huge (read the comments on Susan G. Komen Facebook wall, there are so many negative ones that they can't erase all of them), but people have started donating to Planned Parenthood in response. According to this article,
Planned Parenthood announced on Wednesday that it has received $400,000 from about 6,000 donors since Komen announced it was cutting funding to the organization on Tuesday afternoon.So if your finances allow it, please donate to Planned Parenthood today! Myself, I just sent a $100 donation. And if you are thinking about donating to a breast cancer non-profit, please choose one other than Susan G. Komen. I am not an expert, so I can't recommend other organizations, but feel free to leave suggestions in the comments if you want.