On Tuesday, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation announced that it would be cutting its funding for Planned Parenthood. The announcement created quite a buzz on social media sites and people began commenting and expression their anger toward the Foundation.
The breast cancer research group officially cut ties with the family planning organization after Komen for the Cure changed their policy. Komen for the Cure’s new policy says that they will be cutting funding for organizations that are currently being investigated by the local, state, and federal government. They are doing this to try and strengthen their grants program.
People have criticized this as a political move because of the hiring of Karen Handel who is a stanch supporter for pro-life. However, the founder of the Foundation and Susan’s sister, Nancy Brinker, went on MSNBC to defend her Foundation’s position. She claims that this move is not politically motivated at all and is strictly a policy issue.
However, the damage was done; Planned Parenthood put a picture on their Facebook page that read “Still Standing with Planned Parenthood”. As of writing this, the picture has 13,000 likes, 18,000 shares, and 1,000 comments.
Donations have been pouring into the organization. The Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, announced that he will match any donations to Planned Parenthood up to $250,000.
On the other side, people have not been so kind to the Komen for the Cure Foundation. There has been an outcry of rage against them. People have taken to Facebook and Twitter to express themselves. Their Facebook page has people commenting on the recent posts say that they will not support Komen again. The same level of disgust can be found on Twitter as well.
Komen for the Cure has tried to spin this saying that Planned Parenthood was ineligible because of the investigation but people don’t seem to care. Also, they are saying that they still have three grants with Planned Parenthood that they will continue to honor until the grants are up.
I myself, have been a supporter of Susan G. Komen for a number of years, running in the Race for the Cure, but now find myself at a cross roads. I still support their cause in finding a cure for breast cancer but I do not support their recent decision. The best thing that Komen can do now is to keep funding Planned Parenthood. If not, they will continue to see the same level of anger and resentment toward their foundation.
Just like Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story who were enemies that ended up almost ruining lives but in the end came together and became friends, Komen needs to admit their mistakes, own up to them and make amends.
They need to do an all-out makeover of their public image and promote themselves as advancing women’s healthcare.