Politics and Public Health: The Incurable Disease of the Susan G. Komen Politics of Decay
The Susan G. Komen debacle has proved to be a perfect example of why politics and Public Health do not get along together. Planned Parenthood is a perpetual bogeyman for the Right Wing — but what most conservatives fail to recognize is that Planned Parenthood is beloved by the majority of the silent Middle Class because Planned Parenthood provide a necessary and urgently needed pathway to proper healthcare.
Mother Jones boils down the roiling Komen to its essential puss bubble — cultural politicking:
On Friday, day three of Susan G. Komen’s mission/PR clusterf*ck, the group announced it was reversing it’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood. Well, sort of. What Komen reversed was the claim that PPFA had been blackballed because it was under investigation. The question of PPFA getting further funding is left open until the next grant cycle. Can meet road.
This non-reversal reversal was just the latest example of terrible crisis communications that compounded what was a mind-blowingly stupid decision to begin with. How did Komen come to such a terrible decision? (Hint.) Once made, why did they let Planned Parenthood frame it? Why did they wait almost two full days after the story broke—meanwhile hemorrhaging advisory board members, chapters, corporate sponsors, donors, and enduring poignant disappointment at the hands of Andrea Mitchell and Judy Blume fer christ’s sake—before even attempting to control the damage?
Planned Parenthood — already punch drunk from being bandied about by the Right — did the correct thing and leapt ahead of the news cycle brewing against Komen:
“We are alarmed and saddened that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation appears to have succumbed to political pressure. Our greatest desire is for Komen to reconsider this policy and recommit to the partnership on which so many women count,” said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
When will conservatives begin to realize the majority of good Americans do not want government interference in our private lives and religious mandates from the statehouse? We’re pretty smart people. We don’t like being bullied by politicians. We won’t tolerate those less fortunate than us getting pushed around in front of us. Come November, we’re going to push back, big time, and The Right will get yet another schooling in what it means to be an American that not even Susan G. Komen could begin to cure.