True Colors

Pink ribbon turns brown:

Komen breast cancer charity severs ties with Planned Parenthood

Susan G. Komen for the Cure says it will stop funding Planned Parenthood centers. Many suspect the move is a result of political pressure by antiabortion activists.

 It may be a bit more complicated.  The foundation may have recently added a very silly stipulation; namely, that it won’t support anything under government investigation.  The question, then, turns back to why they made their funding so susceptible to governmental whims:

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a leader in fundraising for breast cancer research and famous worldwide for its iconic pink ribbon, said Tuesday that it was halting all partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates because of recently adopted criteria that forbid it from funding any organization under government investigation.

In September, Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) launched an inquiry to determine whether Planned Parenthood uses public money to fund abortions. Planned Parenthood receives federal money but cannot use it to provide abortions.


8 thoughts on “True Colors

  1. How convenient! An investigation was launched in SEPTEMBER (before the biggest Breast Cancer Money Making Month)…… Komen waits until January to tweak their grant guidelines thus enabling them to pull the plug on funding for underserved women under the guise of their (newly rewritten) regulations. I call Foul. It’s everything that Komen has proven to be…… making calculated moves with lots of marketing advice. They seem to forget they are a non-profit and not a corporation. And I am a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer…. My disease doesn’t define me (and I am five years post treatment) but I am a money making “brand” for the fat cats at Komen. Shame On Them.

  2. Interesting, and perturbing. I don’t know what I would have done without Planned Parenthood. However, I don’t get the ‘turns brown’ joke. What’s the color brown supposed to evoke?

  3. Indeed, profbigk — I would have said the pink is turning out to be nothing but a disguised RED banner.

  4. But when I read ‘red’ I think communist. Maybe these colour metaphors are just too unclear…

  5. Jender, that could easily be it. I think the question of what requires a cultural, or even verbal, context for one to “get it” is actually very interesting. Oddly, my first association with red is communism as well. I think perhaps that’s because we’re some time away for the next big discussion of blue and red states.

    About interpretation: Philosophy of mind seems to be host to a version of a medieval argument for the existence of God, though in this case it is for the existence of underived intentionality. E.g., if all meaning requires interpretation/explication then we have an infinite regress. That’s impossible. So there is first meaning, or underived meaning. Colors are not it, though.

  6. By the way, the NY Times op-ed page today has a good interpretation of the role of brown here: the pink ribbon is getting muddied.

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