Monday, February 6, 2012

Dumbass Idea of the Week: The Komen Foundation

This will probably be a bit perplexing for some of you, especially since the title is ambiguous.  "Does Jack agree or disagree with them pulling funding from Planned Parenthood?"

Well, it's complicated.  I think Planned Parenthood provides a service that women need, especially low income women that get knocked up.  So that should sufficiently piss off all the pro-lifers that read my stuff.

But, I think it was pretty stupid for everyone to blast the Komen Foundation for pulling the funding.  "But Jack, how can you say that?"  Simple.  The Komen Foundation should be free to do whatever the fuck it wants with its money.  What they believe is really none of your business, nor is it mine.

So honestly, who gives a shit why they pulled funding?  Last I checked, abortion is legal (to a certain extent), so it's not like you're fighting to legalize it.  Also, was that funding really going to hurt Planned Parenthood that badly?  Probably not.  They've got quite a bit of funding from the government and other sources.

The Komen Foundation, which is a thing for breast cancer or something of the sort, should have told everyone to go fuck themselves.  It's their money, they can donate it wherever the hell they please.  The reasoning for pulling the funding was because PP doesn't do mamagrams.  Hmm, so a breast cancer foundation pulled funding because a facility doesn't provide mamagrams.  Pulling funding had NOTHING to do with abortion?  Go figure.

Let people spend their money where they please.  After all this is America, isn't it?


Joe Markowitz said...

You're right that the foundation had every right to do whatever they want with the money. And those who disapprove of Komen's decision to withdraw funding from Planned Parenthood have every right to stop contributing to Komen, and send money directly to Planned Parenthood instead if they choose. Which apparently people are doing in droves.

What is unfortunate is that by politicizing these issues, Komen may be hurting the very cause that they supposedly espouse. They seem to have destroyed their own reputation as a non-partisan charity that is only interested in promoting research on breast cancer. The more we are learning about this scandal, the more it appears that some of their board members had other agendas as well. What happens when you mix up your missions is that you destroy your own effectiveness.

Silverfiddle said...

Komen screwed themselves by pissing off both sides. Nothing pisses off liberals like taking away their free money.

And conservatives feel doubly burned, especially after showering them with money after the initial decision and before the retreat.

Mark Steyn has my favorite take on it:

Jersey McJones said...

Silver, your partisan cynicism never ceases.


You made a mistake here: "I think Planned Parenthood provides a service that women need, especially low income women that get knocked up." (em mine)

No. Most of what Planned Parenthood does has nothing to do with anyone getting "knocked up." This is from RationalWiki:

"1 in 5 women will receive care from Planned Parenthood at some point in her lifetime.[8]

90% of women's services at Planned Parenthood is for preventative care or generic women's health care.

Planned Parenthood offers birth control at up to 50% off (sp) the rate charged by pharmacies without insurance.[9]

35% of their total services goes into contraception. 34% was for STD/STI screening and treatment.

Cancer testing (pap smears and breast exams) constituted 17% of their services. (this is why Komen is involved)

Abortion amounted to just under 3% of their total services,[10]...

No federal funds can be used for abortion. Period. So any money that Planned Parenthood gets from the feds goes into the preventative care, STD/STI screening and treatment, and education.

Nearly 1/2 of the pregnancies in the US are unplanned. Some end in abortion (40%), many end up in homes where the child is a serious financial burden to the family or in too many cases single mothers, some are born addicted to drugs or alcohol, and almost none end up in the right-wing "right to life" fantasy of a happily-ever-after home with two parents and happy children.

The CDC has seen a drastic increase in the number of illegal, back alley abortions done not because the women cannot find legal abortion services, but because they cannot afford them. Planned Parenthood, with its sliding scale and its connections to various private doners made and makes abortion services affordable for those who truly cannot afford it."

So, yes, Planned Parenthood does provide abortions, but that is a small, though very important, part of what it does. As for poor women getting "knocked up," over a third of PP's services go specifically to avoided that in the first place, and another third goes for the another consequence of our culture - venereal disease.


Jack Camwell said...

Allow me to be curt for once. My article tomorrow will fully explicate the sentiment behind this:

What in the fuck does any of what you just said have to do with what I wrote?

I mean, I appreciate what you said, but I already knew that.

So why? WHY?!