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Komen Foundation retreats 
3rd-Feb-2012 01:05 pm
SGK changes its stance on supporting Planned Parenthood.

They succeeded only in increasing awareness. Now many people will examine them more critically before donating. More importantly, Planned Parenthood's work in providing general healthcare and cancer screening has been well publicized.

ETA: SGK is now going to feel the rage of the religious right because they've back-pedaled. Somewhat incoherent anger being expressed here.

the thing is, when you come against spirits like Judas & Jezebel, you have to be willing to die. most of these corporations aren't willing to do that...

Um, what?
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4th-Feb-2012 08:30 pm (UTC)
Absolutely. They will do nothing to stop abortions, and everything to take power from women. I remember the world pre-Roe v Wade. The women and kids with money, including girls at the Catholic school I attended, got their abortions safely and quietly. Others risked death or permanent injury.
3rd-Feb-2012 08:18 pm (UTC)
They will go down on their "let poor women die" ship?

That's all I got.
4th-Feb-2012 08:35 pm (UTC)
The "Jezebels," not "poor women." All poor women, especially those who have sex, are inherently unclean. That's what it comes down to from where I sit. Because women with money will always be able to get abortions as well as other health care, and, of course, THEY only have abortions for really good reasons, like Santorum's wife.

I understand and agree with the Santorums' decision in that case. It infuriates me that they are unable to call it by its name and allow the same rights to everyone else.
3rd-Feb-2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
I suspect this decision is going to be too little, too late, as you said alienating both sides.

I've never been a big Komen donor — a few bucks whenever someone I knew walked for them — and I only bought "pink" when that's what was available (mostly yogurt). I was vaguely aware of some criticism but never followed it up.

Now I've reviewed their fiscals and seen how little goes to research compared how much goes to admin/salaries and fundraising. I've read about how they lobbied to weaken the healthcare act and worked to stall or kill the Breast Cancer & Environmental Research Act.

Bottom line, I'm actively boycotting anything with a pink ribbon and consciously donating to other groups working on women's health care. If I get a chance, I'm also letting corporations know what I'm doing.

And I suspect that I'm not alone.
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4th-Feb-2012 08:37 pm (UTC)
I didn't give to them because I didn't like what I saw at Charity Navigator, but that's true of a lot of organizations. Before now, I thought they were just spending too much on administration and salaries. This has really opened my eyes.
4th-Feb-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
It's going to be really interesting to see what happens to sales of those pink ribbon items over the next few months. I feel sorry for companies that partnered with them. Well, except for KFC and those handgun people.
5th-Feb-2012 05:23 am (UTC)
Well, I had a lovely chat with a guy at New Balance about how there were more effective partners for them. He told me that they are tracking customer feedback on the issue. He was very sweet and kept apologizing for SGK. Not your fault, I told him.

Honest Tea, a West Cast race sponsor, posted the following:

Honest Tea has been a strong supporter of cancer education and research. We have supported many organizations including the National Foundation for Cancer Research, American Institute for Cancer Research, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, as well as Susan G. Komen for the Cure. We are in the process of evaluating our 2012 partnerships, including reviewing the recent changes to Susan G. Komen’s policies.
3rd-Feb-2012 11:40 pm (UTC)
Those comments are making me grin nastily.
4th-Feb-2012 08:39 pm (UTC)
I love the "but PP doesn't do mammograms so Komen should just pay for that" crazies. Yeah, because you can just walk into a hospital and get a mammogram without a referral and a health care provider who will follow up with you. If they can't do the actual procedure, PP pays for the mammogram and provides the patient care. What would a poor woman do with a radiologist report and nothing else?
4th-Feb-2012 05:11 am (UTC)
No man can serve two masters, and all that. They're just going to have to resign themselves to making someone mad, and suck it up.
4th-Feb-2012 08:41 pm (UTC)
They've made everyone mad now. And it's not as if they are the only game in town. The crazy thing is they knew there would be problems, but they thought they could keep it quiet. From a NYT article today:

“We didn’t tell anyone except Planned Parenthood,” Mr. Raffaelli said. “We wanted to keep it quiet. We didn’t intend for this to be perceived as a victory for anybody. The whole approach was to not issue press releases to do anything to hurt Planned Parenthood.”

Aw, it was PP they didn't want to hurt!
4th-Feb-2012 09:18 am (UTC)
Now they've upset everyone! GG. I find it truly bizarre that a company can make a huge decision like this and then change their mind the next day. Who was thinking it through? Back-pedalling will only damage them more, and in tangential ways, such as general loss of trust. People who might have donated to Komen who had no firm position on Planned Parenthood one way or the other will now think twice about contributing to an organisation so poorly managed.

I agree with the Judas/Jezebel ranter, rather alarmingly. If you take a moral stand for or against something, you have to lash yourself to the mast and stick with it.
4th-Feb-2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
They were unwilling to do that from the very first. This from a New York Times story today:

“We didn’t tell anyone except Planned Parenthood,” Mr. Raffaelli said. “We wanted to keep it quiet. We didn’t intend for this to be perceived as a victory for anybody. The whole approach was to not issue press releases to do anything to hurt Planned Parenthood.”
4th-Feb-2012 08:29 pm (UTC)
Mr Rafaelli is a moron. Anyone could have told them how this would play.
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