When You Go After Planned Parenthood, You Go After All of Us

Feb 03, 2012 • Health, News

We found this cruising through Google+. Lori Friedrich saw this comment on the Susan G. Komen Facebook page on Thursday, February 2:

Outrage against Susan G. Komen's move to defund Planned Parenthood

“I have crossed out her name, so trolls can’t go harass her over there,” Friedrich wrote in her own post. “Instead of the pink graphic that has been all over Facebook today and is now making the rounds here, share her words. They are from the heart, and ring truer than any gif could!”

We agree. Susan G. Komen’s decision is a blatantly political one no matter how they try to sugar-coat it:

Komen’s official line on the reason for cutting off funds to Planned Parenthood was a newly-instituted rule that declared that the organization was not to give funds to organizations under investigation at the local, state, or federal level. According to Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic, former employees of Komen told him that the rule was, in fact, designed to single out Planned Parenthood. The former employees told Goldberg that Karen Handel was behind the new rule, which was instituted in December. Employees of Komen also told Goldberg that Handel and her cronies saw the Planned Parenthood Congressional investigation as an opportunity to finally end Komen’s relationship with the family planning organization.

[ … ] Handel herself has been largely silent on the issue, until last night, when she all but confirmed what everyone suspected by retweeting — and quickly deleting — a tweet that read “Just like pro-abortion group to turn cancer orgs decision into a political bomb to throw. Cry me a freaking river.” Alas, no one taught Karen Handel about screen grabs. The internet’s forever, Handel. Cry me a freaking river.

Outrage against Susan G. Komen;s move to defund Planned Parenthood

Handel didn’t bother to scrub her earlier political tweets before becoming the Senior Vice President of Public Policy at Susan G Komen for the Cure. Like this one, where she talked about how great it was to hang out with pro-life organizations. Or this one, where she promised to pass a racist immigration laws in Georgia, like the one they have in Arizona. Or the celebratory tweets where she’s just beside herself that Sarah Palin endorsed her, making her an honorary Mama Grizzly. Or all the tweets where she promised Georgians to get rid of Obamacare— because health care is something you earn, especially if you have cancer, right, non-doctor lady who works for Susan G. Komen for the Cure making health care decisions for poor women?