the susan g. komen foundation announced yesterday that they would no longer provide funds (just under one million dollars last year) to planned parenthood for breast cancer services to clients. the announced reason is that they now have new eligibility standards for funded programs, and that cuts out any agency under federal investigation.
planned parenthood is being investigated by congress (you know, the place with a 13% approval rating), initiated by the tea party congressional caucus. it's a thinly veiled attempt by the tea party to push their "pro-life" agenda. pro-life until the fetus emerges and becomes a living baby.
what insiders say is that komen is bowing to right-wing political pressure - hedging their bets that donations won't be affected by this cynical step, may actually increase now that they've ended the relationship with this vital organization.
as a long-time komen supporter and volunteer, i am extremely disappointed and will have to re-think my support of the foundation. i received an email from the local foundation "explaining" their actions. the explanation rang hollow.
the political is personal. it just is, and komen made a major mis-step.