It started with an email Thursday morning which read "Komen Kan Kiss my Mammogram". Which shocked me, because it was being sent by a friend who would normally send me emails asking me to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
That initial shock was nothing compared to what I went on to read. That the Foundation that has done so much to fund research and advances in breast cancer was withdrawing its funding from Planned Parenthood.
The outrage was all over the internet. At first, I read, the reason given for the pull-out was that the Foundation is focusing on funding groups who do work with breast cancer and since Planned Parenthood doesn't provide mammograms, but just refers out, they didn't qualify.
The next excuse was that funding guidelines had changed and they would no longer fund organizations under investigation. Which is all well and good, except the investigation in question was the Congressional investigation into whether Planned Parenthood was illegally using federal funds to pay for abortions and it was purely political.
Which the Foundation would have known and should have considered when it was making the specific funding decision for Planned Parenthood, which is why, even though the Foundation minutes ago "revised their funding policy" to exclude only organizations being investigated for criminal and conclusive in nature and not political" I still call foul.
I call "foul" because I believe there would have been a thoughtful discussion over what to do regarding Planned Parenthood's funding. I call foul because someone at that table would have said, "this specific investigation does not hold to the spirit of our policy and therefore, the policy does not apply." I call "foul" because as a leader in women's health fundraising, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has a responsibility to be the standard bearer for staying above politics and funding critically needed resources for women. And, Planned Parenthood is critically needed.
It's not enough to back pedal, Susan G. Komen. You need to look where you're headed.