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San Diego Komen Office Receives Death Threats

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Above: The San Diego office of Susan G. Komen for the Cure received death threats and thousands of emails after the national organization decided to pull its funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. That decision was reversed on Friday.

Its been a rocky roller coaster ride for the San Diego chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  A foundation that works to fight breast cancer.  The San Diego office received death threats and thousands of emails after the national organization decided to pull its funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. That decision was reversed on Friday.

Laura Farmer Sherman faced the biggest death threat about eight years ago when she survived breast cancer.  She's now the Executive Director for the folks who put on the annual walk to find a cure in San Diego.   "I was a little scared yesterday, and I wondered what's going to happen, this is a passionate breast cancer community that you don't want to stir up," said Farmer Sherman.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has been stirring people up to fight breast cancer since 1982. It came under fire Tuesday after approving a new policy that pulled funding support for early breast cancer screening at Planned Parent Hood. "The policy essentially said, if your organization is under investigation at the local, regional or national level, you are not qualified to receive funding from us," said Farmer Sherman.

But the San Diego office and several others in California said the decision was unfair, because the inquiry by Congress didn't find Planned Parent Hood guilty of any crime. "We've received thousands and thousands of emails and voice mails. And a couple of death threats," Farmer Sherman said.

The backlash apparently worked and the Komen Foundation said it will continue to fund its Planned Parenthood grant.  Although San Diego chapters receive no funding from the grant Jennifer Coburn, Director of Communications is glad the issue has been settled. "Planned Parenthood applauds the Susan G Komen foundation for putting women's health over politics, and we're extremely grateful for the reversal in their position, Coburn said.

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Avatar for user 'Peking_Duck_SD'

Peking_Duck_SD | February 4, 2012 at 10:59 a.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

Death threats are wrong and only brings pro-choice advocates to the level of the radical nut jobs who wave ketchup-coated dolls in the faces of people walking by abortion clinics.

With that said, I commend the other acts of protest - Internet advocacy, pulling funds fom Komen, giving funds to PP, and inundating Komen with calls and non-threatening emails expressing displeasure. It's a classic example of the public winning and women taking charge of their own health.

I hope it also puts a little fear into the repeal roe-v-wade SCOTUS decision.

You saw the outrage over Komen, can you imagine the monumental protests if roe v wade was ever actually to be overturned?

Finally, I want to commend Komen.

They made a mistake.

A big one.

But they *quickly* apologized and reversed it.

I commend them for in the end, deciding women's health is more important than political pressure.

A couple decades ago women were afraid and even ashamed to admit they has breast cancer. It repressed treatment and healthy dialogue about a serious public health issue.

Komen's charity has done a great deal with their 'pink ' campaigns to break down these barriers and shine a spotlight on breast cancer prevention, screening, treatment, and research.

The valuable role Komen has played in these regards was the precise reason people were so disappointed and upset to see them make a politically motivated decision.

Thanks, Komen, for reversing this decision.

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JohnL | February 4, 2012 at 11:22 a.m. ― 2 years, 7 months ago

And this may or may not be true What's not being reported,

Komen: The Extreme Anti-Gay Views Of Their VP Who Dumped Planned Parenthood
http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/komen-the-extreme-anti-gay-views-of-their-vp-who-dumped-planned-parenthood/politics/2012/02/03/34109

Nancy Brinker - Susan G. Komen's Founder - Is a major GOP donor. She has given more than
$175,000 to Republican candidates and the Republican National Committee since 1990.
http://www.alternet.org/story/153989/7_things_you_need_to_know_about_the_komen_foundation_planned_parenthood_controversy/?page=2

Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush and prominent right-wing pundit, was secretly involved in the Komen Foundation’s strategy regarding Planned Parenthood.

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/02/03/418797/exclusive-ari-fleischer-komen-planned-parenthood/?mobile=nc

False Apology: At Least Four Komen Recipients -- and Sponsors Like Bank of America -- Are 'Under Investigation' http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rj-eskow/false-apology-at-least-fo_b_1254085.html
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/02/is-komens-reversal-a-real-reversal.php
There is a lot more behind the pink curtain

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