Behind the Pink Curtain - Komen’s Political Agenda
Over at Daily Kos, blogger Betty Pinson has an incredible page where she digs further into the radical political agenda of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
In light of the recent short-sighted, idiotic decision Komen made to defund Planned Parenthood, I thought it was worth sharing:
Upon calling my GOP senator and speaking with his aide, I was shocked to hear her tell me “Sen.__ can’t sign on as a co-sponsor to the bill because all the breast cancer groups aren’t in agreement on it.” Shocked, I asked her who was opposing it. She told me that Komen opposed the bill. When I asked her why, she explained that Komen felt that treatment for uninsured breast cancer patients should be funded through private donations, like the pink ribbon race. I was speechless, in shock. A phone call to another activist confirmed it was true - Komen was lobbying behind the scenes to kill the bill. A moment later, Sen.__’s aide called me back and begged me not to repeat our conversation to anyone, that she had given me the information by mistake.
Thus my lesson about Komen began in 2000. They spend a lot of money lobbying for a very different agenda.
What kind of agenda? Pinson explains:
They fought behind the scenes in my state to prevent the governor from adopting the Treatment Program. They worked for several years to stall or kill the Breast Cancer & Environmental Research Act. In the end, they eviscerated it by removing new funding for environmental research and substituting a panel to review all research on breast cancer & environment. Using private funds, they recently collaborated with the Institute of Medicine to develop said report. Released last December, it sadly detailed the same old arguments that there’s no evidence of links between environmental toxins and that no further research should be done on the subject since everyone has those toxins in their bodies already. Instead they chose to blame breast cancer patients for getting the disease (more here).
In 2009, Komen lobbied behind the scenes to weaken the health care bill (ACA) as it was being debated in Congress. They hired Hadassah Lieberman, wife of Joe, in an effort to convince Joementum to vote against the Public Option. Komen spent over $1 million in 2008 & 2009, on behind the scenes lobbying related to the health care reform bill, so who knows what else was on their agenda.
Criticism of Komen and their pink ribbon campaign has been around for a while. Google the term “pinkwashing” and you will find links criticizing companies for selling pink ribbon products while their products contribute to the problem.
There is also the issue of turning breast cancer into a fundraising tool and merchandising juggernaut while muddling the actual search for a cure and for helping women in need, which is highlighted in a new documentary, Pink Ribbons, Inc., based on the 2006 book of the same name: