Hopefully, I don't need to tell you what the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation did to Planned Parenthood ... or about the storm of protest resulting from it. Around here, the annual Komen Race for the Cure 5K, scheduled for June 9, is the biggest road race & walk around. Or was. I know I won't be wearing my Cure T-shirts any more.
[Update: Here's a good idea from Gray Newman: Mail your shirts back to them ... at this address: http://www.bluenc.com/join-me-mailing-our-komen-t-shirts-back-them]
This morning, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-NC, called out the Komen folks in blunt terms. Hagan isn't given to rants. This is about as close as she gets:
Greensboro, NC — U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagan (NC) released the following statement after Susan G. Komen for the Cure cut off grants to Planned Parenthood health clinics used for breast cancer screenings, mammograms and education.
“I am deeply disappointed that Susan G. Komen for the Cure has pulled grant funding for preventive care, screenings, mammograms and education at Planned Parenthood clinics around the country. More than 25,000 North Carolinians depend on Planned Parenthood for health and education services including breast health care that saves lives and saves families. The women who depend on this care don’t deserve to be caught in the crossfire of politically motivated attacks. Unfortunately, most of us know at least one person whose life has been affected by breast cancer. We need to use every tool in the toolbox to fight this terrible disease. I urge Susan G. Komen for the Cure to reconsider this decision for the sake of women’s health in North Carolina and around the country.”