McCarthyism & Blacklisting, Susan G. Kolman-style

by jhwygirl

By now most of you have heard of the Susan G. Kolman for the Cure Foundation hullaboo over them having pulled funding from Planned Parenthood for mammogram funding. Because Planned Parenthood is under investigation by Congress.

Because, you know, women’s health is an issue for a bunch of old white men in DC to decide.

Statistically, most of you that read this blog are men. I don’t know if the severity of this is something that you all understand. Planned Parenthood has been under attack for decades now because a very very tiny portion of the many services it provides to women includes abortion. The House has voted to eliminate it’s funding at least twice last year with all the budget battles.

This attack on Planned Parenthood represents an attack on women’s health issues and free choice.

The bulk of what Planned Parenthood does is regular old women’s doctor stuff – and we’ve got lots of parts that need regular maintenance and inspection. That preventative health care is provided to women of all incomes, and in areas where access to healthcare is limited. While they provide birth control pills, they also provide obstetric care.

I was outraged when I heard this late Tuesday – that’s because Twitter is light years ahead of everything, including print media. I was more outraged to find the GOP agenda directly imprinted on the more by Susan G. Kolman.

Meg Lanker, of Cognitive Dissonance was on this story like the winds that batter I-80 outside of Laramie, Wyoming from where she writes. You must follow her on twitter. Immediately she pointed out that Susan G. Kolman’s new VP of Public Policy, Karen Handel, vowed to defund Planned Parenthood when she ran for governor of Georgia. Ms. Lanker also provides Ms. Handel’s mailing and email address – just in case you wanted your thank you note from Planned Parenthood sent her way.

Shannyn Moore, another favorite blogger of mine going back to the 2008 election (she provides investigative political reporting and commentary from The Mudflats), tweeted this very early (Montana time) Wednesday morning:

@shannynmoore Shannyn Moore
Planned Parenthood found my lump on a Tuesday and I was in surgery on Friday. I was 33. #ThanksPP #SuckItKomen

From there, 1000’s of women spoke up for what Planned Parenthood has done for them. I didn’t read of one abortion. We’re talking life-saving breast and cervical cancer screenings and treatments. Lives saved.

Susan G. continues to defend its stance – even now. A nonpolitical decision, they say – and their funding of breast cancer will continue as their mission. Women will just have to go about differently. Maybe they’ll weather this storm, but I think it’s more likely they end up battered and significantly downsized with support after this. People are already pulling funding, burning ribbons and pulling from races.

Their pink-shirted races being their most visible message. So while conservative money may pour into Susan G. as a result of this choice, throwing a partisan blanket on what was a cause that brought women together of all folds has now been forever changed.

We’ve reached a point in this nation where national organizations can be taken over by GOP ideologies. Susan G. Kolman no longer represents elimination of cancer, it represents the conservative ideology of making a woman’s vagina a crime scene, subject to the scrutiny of elected officials.

Susan G. should be losing their tax-free status (though I won’t be holding my breath). What congress has to do with breast cancer and Susan G. Kolman for the Cure’s choice in funding, I don’t know – but that connection alone should be clear enough a political connection that their mission is muddled.


  1. Mark Miwertz

    Komen pro-life VP promised to defund Planned Parenthood, and they have.

    “Immediately she pointed out that Planned Parenthood’s new VP of Public Policy, Karen Handel, vowed to defund Planned Parenthood”…

    You’ve got an error in the sentence regarding Susan Handel, I think. She’s the Komen VP, not the Planned Parenthood VP if I read your links right, and then the sentence scans a bit better.

    Just tryin to be helpful.

    I’m pro choice, and pro Planned Parenthood. But geez, the goofy liberals (not you highway) I have to put up with to hold those views! Now, I’m going back to order my Libertarian for President yard signs.

    • Turner

      Libertarian? Is Ron Paul pro-choice?

      • Pete Talbot

        No, Ron Paul believes the government should dictate what women can do with their bodies.

      • Mark Miwertz

        Gary Johnson is a Libertarian party candidate for President. Ron Paul is a Republican party candidate for nomination for President.

        From Gary Johnson’s website:

        1 Life is precious and must be protected. A woman should be allowed to make her own decisions during pregnancy until the point of viability of a fetus.
        2 Stem cell research should only be completed by private laboratories that operate without federal funding. (I don’t agree with #2 but given my desire for a balanced budget amendment, which Mr Johnson also supports, I think the issue of fed govt funded research would be moot for a long while.)
        3 Government should not impose its values upon marriage. It should allow marriage equality, including gay marriage. It should also protect the rights of religious organizations to follow their beliefs.

        I hope that corrects the implications of your “have you stopped beating your wife?” comment, whether it was deliberate misinformation, which such questions almost always are, or you are simply uninformed and stupid. I take no position on that issue.

  2. If you call up Planned Parenthood, take your pick which city, you’ll find that they probably don’t even offer breast screening.

    Some of you single issue voters amaze me jhwygirl.

    • petetalbot

      You’re right, Eric. It refers its clients to appropriate care providers who do, and often picks up the tab for lower-income women.

      You’re such a schmuck.

    • Chuck

      Jesus Eric you are one dumb fuck.

    • Ingemar Johansson

      Careful Eric.

      They’ll ban ya.

    • Eric? Planned Parenthood provides women with access to women’s reproductive healthcare. That includes annual exams – much like those you should be getting from your doctor.

      Only we women have a few more specialized moving parts. These inspections – just like yours – are done by hand (and in our case, some specialized non-mechanized machinery), in the doctors office.

      If the doctor finds anything ‘weird’ they refer us to the hospital, where they have the machines to do mammograms.

      See – that machine is a big specialize x-ray machine. So just as in the same case where a doctor might find something on your testicles and he’d send you to the hospital for an xray, women get sent to the hospital to have a mammogram that basically crushes our breast between a piece of glass to get a good picture.

      When women can’t afford those specialized tests, Planned Parenthood, using the $ given to it by SusanG, pays for (in whole or in part, depending on income) those tests.

      Now – for the accusation of being a “one-issue” voter. This SusanG crap for me is not about the loss in money to Planned Parenthood, per se, as much as it is about having a national nonpartisan issue org being taken over by some right wing ideology that wants to make every woman’s vagina a crime scene.

      If Mothers Against Gun Violence somehow took over the NRA and all of a sudden NRA starting calling for a ban on assault weapons, how would you take that?

      We’re talking women’s health here, Eric. Not abortions, not planned parenthood – WOMEN’S HEALTH.

      But some people that can’t get their way aren’t going to let go and aren’t going to more on and are going to continue to try and worm their way however they can.

      It’s wrong. Wrong.

    • Pete Talbot

      Update: Komen Foundation reverses it’s ignoble policy on funding Planned Parenthood. Way to go, people!

      • Rob Kailey

        They haven’t ‘reversed’ their position, Pete. They’ve apologized for their lame excuse and, for now, have reversed the decision to deny grants to PP. That doesn’t mean they will grant moneys in the future; just that their policy of blanket denial has been smothered in CYA. This is just the chest-puffing PR part of the fight. It ain’t over yet.

        • petetalbot

          You are technically correct, Rob. I don’t see them making this kind of blunder again, though, unless they’re really dense (which, I guess, could be the case).

        • Rob Kailey

          The PR blunder? No they likely won’t do that again. That’s kind of the very problem, though. If they deny grants to PP under the radar, while continuing to market their brand of ‘saving boobies’ to the right, then there is no difference between “technically correct” and just plain “correct”.

          I used my words carefully, Pete. Komen has not changed their “position”, nor the personnel from which it comes. All they’ve changed is the advertisement of a policy.

          • petetalbot

            Perhaps I should have said “revised” instead of “reversed” but I got my info from the NYT:

            “We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants.”
            The reversal comes in the face of an enormous furor over the decision and widespread complaints that the Komen foundation was tying breast cancer to the abortion issue.

  3. Ingemar Johansson

    That’s too bad these two groups had this falling out .

    Ya know, cause breast cancer and abortions go together like ice cream and chocolate sauce.

    http://www.abortionbreastcancer.com/medicalgroups/index.htm

  4. d.g.

    Very worth reading: The Susan G, Komen Foundation: Why It Sucks. | The PaBlog
    cnx.com

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