I'm always very careful about where I choose to donate. Choice is a luxury we have as Americans even though the government is trying to slowly, but surely, delegitimize it. I have come to expect the illusion of choice from the government but I refuse to accept it from a private, charity organization operating under the guise of a specific cause all while funding the horrors of another. The Susan G. Komen foundation has been around for several decades now and has done a lot of good things for breast cancer medical developments, raising breast cancer awareness and helping breast cancer survivors get the care they need. However, even with all of the pure and just accomplishments of the foundation, I will have no problem tearing them to shreds in light of all that has been done over the last 24 hours.
I'm the kind of person that checks the list of ingredients on the back of food products at the grocery store before I buy them. Call me crazy but I actually want to know just what exactly is in the stuff I put into my body. Donating to charity works in the same way for me. I like to know exactly where my funds go and what they do with it. It is vital to do your homework before jumping into anything especially when we live in a digital world where our lifestyles have become so complex that we rarely get to sit down and reflect on anything else that goes beyond the hectic day-to-day dealings. We have time to donate to causes that sound good and have been around for a while but we don't have time to look into them and what they are actually doing in the here and now. The world has very much so changed since the Susan G. Komen foundation stepped onto the scene in 1982 with the noble promise of helping women struggling with breast cancer. When people think of "Susan G. Komen" pleasant connotations come to mind....but what do people think of when they hear "Planned Parenthood?"
When I think of Planned Parenthood I think of abortion. Abortion is what makes Planned Parenthood the powerhouse of federal funding and grants. Sure, you could try to make the argument that abortion isn't the only answer at Planned Parenthood when it comes to "family planning" but then that sentiment wouldn't even hold up when compared to Planned Parenthood's own statiscs. (a) In 2010, Planned Parenthood reports that adoption referalls were only given to 841 people...a number that pales in comparison to the 329,445 abortions that were performed that year . With 76% of their clients being reported as having incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty level it is no stretch of the imagination to determine that this is an organization that has little to no problem getting taxpayer funds from a bloated, liberal government that is all too happy to help undermine traditional, family values and promote a skewed and calloused alternative.
Whether you find your politics leaning left, right or somewhere in between, there is no denying that abortion is a polarizing issue. You either see the wrong in it or you don't. I find it very interesting to sit back and watch some of the debates that float around over abortion. Social conservatives are being told to sit down, shut up and to not interfere with a "womans right to choose." That "choice" they always spout off about becomes very cut and dry while studying the very nature of an abortion procedure. For example, if you determine that "aborting" your pregnancy will be the best option for you, you have a plethora of methods to choose from when it comes to the "how." As our second President once famously said, "facts are stubborn things." (b) In the earliest stages of a pregnancy, you could find youself choosing from a "vacuuming cutterage" method where a powerful suction tube with a sharp cutting edge is inserted into the womb through the dilated cervix. The suction then dismembers the body of the developing baby and tears the placenta from the wall of the uterus, sucking the contents into a collection bottle or you could go with a "dilation cutterage" where e cervix is dilated or stretched to permit the insertion of a loop shaped steel knife. The body of the baby is cut into pieces and removed and the placenta is scraped off the uterine wall. If the last few sentences made you squirm on your seat then may I suggest thinking twice before donating to Susan G. Komen? For those of you that didn't even blink....check your pulse.
Over the last 24 hours we have seen the Susan G. Komen foundation denounce their funding of grants for Planned Parenthood and, as recently as this morning, we have seen them retract their decision and couple up with America's largest abortion provider once again. (c)“We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives,” president and founder Nancy Brinker said in a statement today. “We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.” I find it interesting that Ms.Brinker would even have the nerve to try to attempt the last part of the statement with the expectation of being taken seriously. I don't see people of faith cheering over this and I certainly don't see people with any resemblance of a moral compass jumping for joy. To try to write this off as anything other than politically motivated would be extremely offensive to the American people who have watched this charade unfold. (d) I also find it interesting to see how, after denouncing their grants to Planned Parenthood, donations to Susan G. Komen were up by 4% following the hours after the annoucement. All of these donations were gladly and shamelessly accepted. It's a pity to see how many big hearted people were swept under the rug all because they tried to reward a good thing.
To add insult to injury, as soon as the Komen foundation made the announcement that they were no longer partnering up with Planned Parenthood, the donations to Planned Parenthood started to pour in with Michael Bloomberg matching every donation up to $250,000.(e) It was reported that Planned Parenthood had raised over $680,000 just over the course of 24 hours which well made up for the same dollar amount *$680,000* that the Susan G. Komen foundation gave them last year. This seems to be the most troubling aspect of the story because clearly the gap has been filled and there was no need to go back on their decision and turn a blind eye to all of the people who stood up for life and donated to them in the hours before the retraction.
In conclusion, I think it's safe to say that I will never donate another dime to the Susan G. Komen foundation and for good reason! I will stand by my word and my conviction. Please folks, I urge you not to go through life being a Nancy Brinker....where you waiver back and forth and teeter on the edge of a fine line. Be hot, be cold but don't be lukewarm. I thank you for reading this and as a strong supporter of truly helping women with breast cancer and the cause in general I have included a list of alternative places you can look into for donating. Be well and God bless!