As we're just a little more than two weeks away from Mother's Day, we find ourselves in the midst of the yearly pink flood of publicity - nay, coersion - regarding Susan G. Komen for the Cure. If you know anyone involved in this cause - and, let's be honest, how many of us don't? - then you also know that refusal to go along with this cause is something akin to drowning cats and pulling the wings off of birds. You just don't do it, or at least you do it at your own peril. It's so oppresive, you'd think it was coming from the United Way.
As this article - which I wrote one year ago today - points out, there is every reason to be concerned about Komen, particularly their relationship with Planned Parenthood. Read the whole thing for the details.
And just why should we be concerned about organizations and their tête-à-têtes with PP? For that, look no further than this article by Mona Charen, telling us more about the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger. Sanger, according to Charen, "was a most thoroughgoing racist. 'Eugenics,' [Sanger] wrote, 'is the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political, and social problems.'" The chief goal of birth control, according to Sanger, was "More children from the fit, less from the unfit.”
Granted, organizations can evolve from their origins, and not all of them take on the personal foibles of their founders. Nonetheless, one can only imagine how a conservative organization would be viewed if its founder had spouted the same kind of garbage.
Oh, and if you needed any more proof that God has a finely tuned sense of irony (and why wouldn't He?), check out this close by Charen: "Margaret Sanger hated abortion and called abortionists 'blood sucking men with M.D. after their names.'”
Planned Parenthood is an anti-life organization. The fact that a group such as Komen, supposedly dedicated to saving women's lives, would have anything to do with it, regardless of the nature of that relationship, is a scandal. Share this information with people you know. And if someone approaches you in the next two weeks with a request to donate to the Race for the Cure, tell them to stick this in their pipe and smoke it. And the same goes for their corporate lackeys.
Breast cancer is a terrible disease, and fighting to find a cure is a noble cause. It deserves a better champion than Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
*The significance of the title? Well, that would come from this, surely one of the worst television shows of the 80s. I guess you just had to be there.