Skip to main content

Since the Komen debacle began, I've commented in a couple of other diaries that I was a longtime supporter who was through with them. I've raised a lot of money for Komen (at least, it's a lot of money by my standards) by running the Race for the Cure every year* for almost 15 years.

But most of it wasn't my money. It was money I solicited from friends, relatives, colleagues and co-workers. They were my sponsors: I promised to run, they promised to lend material support for my cause. So, when this story got so big that it was plain everyone was aware of it, not just us political junkies, I knew I had to answer to them. I did that earlier today:

Dear friends and supporters,

Breast cancer has no politics.

For more than a decade, I have been known as an active supporter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. This commitment arose from deeply emotional personal events. I have solicited sponsorship from you for my annual participation in their Race for the Cure, and many of you have responded with great generosity. Over the years, we raised over $10,000 dollars intended for breast cancer research, screening and treatment.

 While doing this, I was aware that the founder and CEO of Komen, Nancy Brinker, is a prominent Republican and Bush Administration appointee. I am an outspoken Democrat, but I always felt that this was a cause that transcended ideology, and willingly put my partisanship aside in the interest of pursuing a greater good together. I have no regrets for having made that effort, and I don't think you should, either. We can be reasonably sure that, on the whole, we did good, not harm.

Breast cancer has no politics.

What many of you may not know is that I have a far longer history with Planned Parenthood. As a teenage college student with little money or privacy, I had my first gynecological exam and received my first contraceptive prescription from Planned Parenthood. It was free and confidential, and I was treated with respect. For enabling me to make the transition to womanhood with confidence about my health and my future, I will always be grateful to them. 45 years later, they continue to pursue their mission, providing millions of women, mostly young and poor or uninsured, with a full range of women's health services. I wholeheartedly support that mission.

In light of the Komen Foundation's recent decision to defund Planned Parenthood, its obviously political motivation, and their clumsy and disingenuous attempts at managing the nationwide public outrage that followed, I find that can no longer associate myself with them. I make this decision despite the fact that Komen has reversed themselves and will continue to fund Planned Parenthood, at least for now. Revelations about the hiring of Karen Handel, former gubernatorial candidate from Georgia and avowed enemy of Planned Parenthood, and the involvement in that hiring by Ari Fleischer, George W. Bush's press secretary, have destroyed my trust in them. They also directly conflict with my commitment to the advancement of women's health.

Breast cancer has no politics.

I plan to continue that commitment, and will be researching to find a breast cancer organization that I can support with confidence. It is essential that my efforts, and your contributions, will be put to our intended purpose and no other. I will keep you informed of my progress, and I hope you will continue to support my advocacy. If you would like to discuss this decision with me in greater detail, I would welcome that. Feel free to contact me.

Breast cancer has no politics.

Best regards,

The thing is, not all my sponsors are liberals; not all of them are political. One of them is the owner of the company I work for; another is my boss. Some are Republicans. So, rather than turning a verbal blowtorch on Komen (which is an understandable temptation), I was forced to try to explain my decision in terms that they all could relate to.

It's only been about six hours since I sent it out, but I have been overwhelmed by the messages of support I've received in return. A number of them asked if it would be OK for them to forward or post it, so I thought it might be useful if I posted it here. Feel free to "borrow" whatever you find that's useful.

* except for one year. If you've been around here a long time, you may remember this. Scroll down until you see me.

4:35 PM PT: The Rec List? Oh my goodness, thank you!

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

cat, buffalo soldier, Sylv, From the choir, CJB, Radiowalla, Joan McCarter, am, sara seattle, LynChi, belle1, Mnemosyne, Sandy on Signal, devtob, SallyCat, exNYinTX, expatjourno, hubcap, Creosote, dweb8231, goObama, JLFinch, Dumbo, cinnamon68, susans, theRoaringGirl, cyberKosFan, Silverleaf, sfgb, SoCalJayhawk, CoolOnion, mole333, PBnJ, roses, sngmama, itskevin, Cedwyn, KathleenM1, hopeful, revsue, Texknight, tidalwave1, annan, danthrax, Tracker, Damnit Janet, Steven Payne, Catte Nappe, betson08, annetteboardman, riverlover, alizard, zerelda, Curt Matlock, Kitsap River, Nelsons, Pola Halloween, boran2, Josiah Bartlett, sawgrass727, davidkc, ExStr8, Tinfoil Hat, salmo, qofdisks, caul, Chinton, labwitchy, one of 8, grimjc, kitchen sink think tank, Blue Jean, citizenx, TigerMom, Brooke In Seattle, madmommy, Gary Norton, ratzo, cfk, Viceroy, SaraBeth, Sun Tzu, pasadena beggar, mergenow, where4art, blue jersey mom, ivorybill, markdd, kaliope, techno, minidriver, Rydra Wrong, Blu Gal in DE, sillia, Cory Bantic, murasaki, mrchips46, tigerdog, Alan Arizona, RainyDay, begone, OnlyZuul, alrdouglas, SoulCatcher, Showman, BachFan, irishwitch, detroitmechworks, LeighAnn, vigilant meerkat, 417els, BlueInARedState, emeraldmaiden, Themistoclea, Russgirl, victoria2dc, anastasia p, Son of a Cat, SarekOfVulcan, blueoasis, aloevera, Libby Shaw, SadieSue, plf515, MBNYC, onionjim, IL clb, Clive all hat no horse Rodeo, BB10, lynneinfla, Statusquomustgo, crystal eyes, matx, postmodernista, Thinking Fella, old wobbly, Sapere aude, FlamingoGrrl, timewarp, ChadmanFL, Cronesense, Mom to Miss M, blue armadillo, weneedahero, LSophia, gloriana, Positronicus, NovatoBon, edsbrooklyn, la urracca, HeartlandLiberal, dclawyer06, bnasley, rantsposition, puzzled, HCKAD, jayden, TheSpectator, cyncynical, pioneer111, uciguy30, M Sullivan, janatallow, spearfish, Empower Ink, gizmo59, VA Breeze, RiverCityMadman, JeffW, ChocolateChris, Sixty Something, dadadata, elwior, CDH in Brooklyn, Its any one guess, jamess, mikeconwell, beltane, tofumagoo, royce, pamelabrown, davekro, Cassandra Waites, hwmnbn, Jake Williams, catly, alnep, petulans, KimD, JamieG from Md, dmhlt 66, DavidW, enufisenuf, shortgirl, lissablack, statsone, LKC, Fiddlegirl, Celtic Merlin, MufsMom, litoralis, Scott Wooledge, bobatkinson, Don Enrique, janmtairy, Zotz, Tara the Antisocial Social Worker, earicicle, CamillesDad1, petral, Calfacon, brooklynliberal, Keith Pickering, augustin, nancat357, MizKit, hamsisu, ruscle, Amber6541, Its the Supreme Court Stupid, coppercelt, awcomeon, Captain Marty, eXtina, Observerinvancouver, Crabby Abbey, angelajean, AZphilosopher, legalchic, ATFILLINOIS, Garfnobl, pixxer, rja, DrTerwilliker, MsGrin, ericlewis0, science nerd, Oh Mary Oh, Onomastic, Jane Lew, kerflooey, MidwestTreeHugger, ToeJamFootball, StateofEuphoria, msazdem, Meggie, msmacgyver, Possiamo, asterkitty, lexalou, OhioNatureMom, pbgv23, Ebby, Mr Green Jeans, zukesgirl64, Cinnamon, grannysally, IllanoyGal, Yogurt721, SueM1121, SunshineSocialist, mali muso, sound of progress, Marihilda, Mets102, Vatexia, Hayate Yagami, SoCalSal, SteelerGrrl, jadt65, Regina in a Sears Kit House, truthhurtsaz, PrometheusUnbound, drawingporno, YaNevaNo, jacey, Siri, ahumbleopinion, AnnieR, belinda ridgewood, Spirit Dancer, radical simplicity, BRog, burnt out, Julie Waters, dotdash2u, Melanie in IA, allensl, Jonathan Hoag, sebsgf, Dallas L, Illinois IRV, Eric Twocents, glorificus, Setsuna Mudo, broths, gypsytoo

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site