Susan G. Komen for the Cure may have abandoned and attempted to wash its hands of its politically motivated decision to cut life-saving funds to Planned Parenthood, but issues brought to light by that debacle have not been solved.
Virulently anti-choice activist, Jane Abraham, continues to sit on their board. As it states on her mini-bio on Komen website, she is “the General Chairman of the Susan B. Anthony List, a not-for-profit membership organization and connected Political Action Committee.” The Susan B. Anthony List’s agenda includes defunding Planned Parenthood, enacting extreme “rape-audit” bills, and rolling back President Obama’s no-cost birth-control policy. The fact that Komen continues to have such an extremist on its board should give pause to any progressive considering participation in the organization.
Throwing pink with “for the cure” on unhealthy products does nothing to help cure breast cancer. There’s a word for this, pinkwashing:
Pinkwasher: (pink’-wah-sher) noun. A company or organization that claims to care about breast cancer by promoting a pink ribbon product, but at the same time produces, manufactures and/or sells products that are linked to the disease.
Komen is the biggest culprit when it comes to pinkwashing. Think pink KFC buckets.
These aren’t the only area where Komen continues to fall short: Komen continues to fund outdated animal tests. As explained by Ingrid Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, Komen “does women a disservice by continuing to channel funds into animal tests, while other cancer charities have moved on from such old-fashioned abominations or never engaged in them to begin with.” Animals tests are archaic, unethical, ineffective and, quite frankly, useless to modern science. There is no reason for Komen to continue to fund them.
Through its actions regarding Planned Parenthood earlier this year, Komen has inadvertently exposed itself as the right-wing organization hiding behind a “pink ribbon” cover.
Instead of running for the cure, considering making an impact against breast cancer in other, more effective and direct ways. Consider supporting another organization like Planned Parenthood, the American Breast Cancer Foundation, Feel Your Boobies Foundation, and other organizations which fight against breast cancer without ugly right-wing undertones.