Here’s what really sucks about the Komen Foundation’s decision to cease their support of Planned Parenthood: it forces women to take sides in a political conflict they don’t want to be in. I have supported the breast cancer cause in the past and would like to continue to do so, without all this…excess baggage. Most women would. We all oppose breast cancer, no matter which side of the aisle we’re on.
Part of me says this shouldn’t matter. The Komen leadership has a right to its own views and the cause of finding a cure is so important we should be able to transcend our differences.
But another part of me says this is just a small piece of a larger battle. The Komen Foundation decided to withdraw its Planned Parenthood funding after getting consistent pressure from pro-life groups. I can’t help but think that the effort to put us all in a time machine and take us back to the bad old days has been accelerating lately. Rep. Cliff Stearns’ right-wing witch hunt against Planned Parenthood is one symptom of this. State governments have been proposing a slew of anti-abortion bills, and we have Presidential candidates in the running who don’t even think the Pill was such a great idea in the first place.
So I think many of us feel we have no choice but to stand up against this—before it gets even worse. Hence the head of Los Angeles County’s chapter of the Komen Foundation resigning, and the many protest posts to be found on Facebook. The Komen Foundation is losing support from many women, and it is doing this damage to itself—unnecessarily.
I would love to be able to continue to wear the pink ribbon, and to have it stand just for that, pink and the fight against breast cancer. But I suppose it’s a sign of the times: our nation is so divided right now that even the most innocent cause is no longer innocent.