Many of you have no doubt been following with dismay the news that the Susan. G. Komen foundation would be cutting off funds to Planned Parenthood because of an investigation by Congressional Republicans.
The Komen foundation faced major backlash. In a move to control the damage, it put out an “apology” for its decision to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood breast cancer prevention programs. The decision is being misreported as a reversal of Komen’s earlier announcement, but this is, in fact, not the case. Komen is still refusing to commit to future grants to Planned Parenthood, so nothing has really changed–except their realization that this is a big PR disaster.
Meanwhile, the right-wingers are celebrating this as an ideological victory. The announcement is just the latest offensive in the right-wing crusade to shut down Planned Parenthood completely. The founder of the the Komen Foundation is a GOP major donor and was a political appointee of the Bush administration, and its board members include some big names in the anti-choice, anti-women movement.
So not only are future grants from the Komen Foundation not guaranteed, around the country, state governments controlled by TEA Party Republican nutjobs are cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood as part of their war on women. In Congress too, Denny Rehberg been a key lieutenant in House Speaker John Boehner’s war on women. (Even though the funds Rehberg and Boehner are slashing go toward preventative cancer screenings and reducing the need for abortions in the first place.)