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How Will Pro-Choice Hadassah React to Komen?

Women’s Zionist group is also Planned Parenthood ally

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One group put in an awkward spot by the breast-cancer foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision yesterday to halt funding to Planned Parenthood is Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America has been a Komen ally in its crusade to persuade all women to get annual mammograms at 40, rather than 50, and also a generous Komen funder. In an email blast yesterday, Marcie Natan, the Hadassah president, recounted the numerous instances of cooperation between her group and Komen and then added:

Hadassah has long been a social and political advocate for a woman’s right to choose and a strong supporter in the advancement of women’s health, particularly regarding those issues involving breast health and the treatment of and search for a cure for breast cancer.

As a two-time winner in the battle against breast cancer myself, as a supporter of both Komen and Planned Parenthood, and as an advocate for reproductive freedom, I am disappointed that the controversy surrounding Komen’s decision to discontinue its modest funding of Planned Parenthood has become such a distraction that it could endanger our collective dedication to the important issues surrounding women’s health. There is no time to waste in our commitment to the fundamental issues of women’s health, breast cancer and a woman’s right to choose.

A spokesperson referred me to this as Hadassah’s statement on the matter. Left unsaid: Whom does Natan blame for “the controversy”—Komen, for pulling its funding, or Planned Parenthood, for providing abortions? One would assume the former, given Hadassah’s strong support for a “woman’s right to choose.” Which begs the follow-up: Will Hadassah, as a major ally and funder, request that Komen restore its Planned Parenthood funding, on threat of losing some of Hadassah’s? That would seem like the logical next step.

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Susan Small says:

I remember a statement by a prominent Rabbi
that I came across quite a while ago and
cannot repeat exactly, but it went something
like this:
“No woman is required to sacrifice herself
to build the world”

I do hope that Hadassah decides to pull its
collaboration with Komen.

Or that Komen re thinks its decision to
renege on Planned Parenthood.

Remember, before Margret Sanger women died from too many pregnancies, leaving their other children motherless.

Is that what Susan G. Komen wants us to return to?

My understanding is that Komen has already restored the funding to Planned Parenthood. Good for them.

Marty Janner says:

Susan,it appears that you’ve gotten the news! The lesson we learned, when you see any form of an injustice, speakup loud and clear!

Stop participating in Komen events and contributing to it. They lied to the public and no longer merit support.


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