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Chan Lowe: The Komen faux pas


As I’ve said before, it’s seductively easy for an organization to take its eye off the ball and elevate its self-preservation to a position above its original mission.

This is particularly true of outfits that feel their purpose here on Earth has been blessed by the angels (as in the cases of the Roman Catholic Church and the Penn State football program, mentioned in the hyperlink above). The more outwardly sacrosanct the mission, the more the mere mortals involved in that organization are able to rationalize their activities in the servicing of it.

The Komen Foundation, whose mission is without question a noble one, allowed itself to become overly sensitive to political currents, which in the area of women’s reproductive health can be treacherous to navigate. One might also say that it has grown so large and unwieldy that its numerous partnerships with many commercial enterprises have hobbled its ability to act independently, and in the best interests of those it purportedly aids.

This black eye may have done the outfit a lot of good, or at least will have if the organization’s leaders decide to learn from it while they are so furiously trying to clean up the damage they’ve done to their beloved charity's image in the name of ensuring its survival.

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My question is:
Why has this charity given money to abortion clinics to begin with? (and please, we all know planned parenthood is a fancy name for abortion clinics support). What does breast cancer have to do with abortions?
If I had donated to their charity and found out my money went to abortion clinics I'd be MAD as hell.

It wasn't Komen faux was Planned Parenthood blackmail.

There's an old quote: "the personal is the political". It seems that no matter what you do (or want to do), you can't avoid political ramifications. And anytime you deal with anything that has sexual implications on top of that... you're asking for trouble and you're caught in a classic damned-if-you-do- damned-if-you-don't. As a result, I'm of two minds about this: one, I'd almost be inclined to never donate to Komen again; two, I almost feel sorry for them (but you can make the case that they should have realized that they were getting in over their heads).

Burn Planned Parenthood to ground! The masses scream...

When I was a freshman in College.. I got a UTI. Not having the funds to go to a doctor's office.... the people at planned parenthood helped and provided counseling on how to avoid getting them in the future.

Just wait till the funding for the AbortionPlex kicks in from Obamacare. Just google Abortionplex and Obamacare.

Nothing screams hypocrisy quite like conservatives screaming "don't tread on me" while they impede the rights of others to manage their own health. Conservatives don't like Planned Parenthood because its against their beliefs-- so what? Just like you choose to go to another store when one store pisses you off, just walk by this joint and stop treading on the rights and choices of others!

>Why has this charity given money to abortion clinics to begin with?

Because many, many women get their mammograms and much of the rest of their medical care at Planned Parenthood.

Also note that Planned Parenthood is much more than abortions, reports "Planned Parenthood says only 3 percent of its total services in 2009 were abortions. The other 97 percent of services were for contraception, treatment and tests for sexually transmitted diseases, cancer screenings, and other women’s health services.


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Chan LoweCHAN LOWE has been the Sun Sentinel’s first and only editorial cartoonist for the past twenty-six years. Before that, he worked as cartoonist and writer for the Oklahoma City Times and the Shawnee (OK) News-Star.

Chan went to school in New York City, Los Angeles, and the U.K., and graduated from Williams College in 1975 with a degree in Art History. He also spent a year at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.

His work has won numerous awards, including the Green Eyeshade Award and the National Press Foundation Berryman Award. He has also been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His cartoons have won multiple first-place awards in all of the Florida state journalism contests, and The Lowe-Down blog, which he began in 2008, has won writing awards from the Florida Press Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.
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