Another Incredibly Stupid Incident

I know it’s pretty rare that I talk about events that you couldn’t just Google, but the thing is, I think we NEED to talk about the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure.  The 5K race took place yesterday in Washington, DC, on the National Mall.  It is the culmination of a massive fundraising push for the Susan G Komen Foundation, which of course is devoted to raising money to help find a cure for breast cancer.

And those running the 5K were greeted by a bunch of protesters with signs.


Of course, they weren’t protesting cancer research.  Because NO ONE is ridiculous enough to protest cancer research.  No, these fine folks were there to protest PLANNED PARENTHOOD.

You have got to be kidding me.

First of all, SGK is not Planned Parenthood.  They haven’t even always been the most consistent supporters of Planned Parenthood.  And the money they DO give to Planned Parenthood goes DIRECTLY TO CANCER SCREENINGS.

So really, the lunatic pro-lifers who decided to protest this fundraiser were not doing a great job of protesting abortion funds.  Really what they were protesting, inadvertently, was mamograms.

This just goes to show that there is really no limit to how annoying and absurd people who blindly hate an organization can truly be.  Because no one is against cancer screenings, guys.  No one really thinks that poor women should die of breast cancer because they couldn’t catch it in time (at least, I seriously hope no one thinks that).

But the reality is that the people who hate abortions and who hate Planned Parenthood don’t really care.   They’re making a scene.  They’re making noise.  They are yelling at people raising money to fight cancer.

You know what they’re not doing?  They’re NOT advocating for comprehensive sex education so that we can curb the massive teen pregnancy problem we face in the United States.  This year, 750,000 teenage girls will become pregnant (statistic courtesy of the Candies Foundation).  What if we did something about that?  And you know what ELSE these protesters are not doing?  They’re not fighting for women to access effective contraception so that they won’t end up with as many unwanted pregnancies, thereby curbing the need for abortions.  And I’ll bet that if those babies were born, those protesters wouldn’t do a darn thing to make sure that their parents could access affordable child care; they probably aren’t fighting to improve the foster care system so that if a woman had a baby and wanted to give it up, she could do so without the baby eventually growing up to be abused as so many children in the US foster care system are.

Those would all probably be way better uses of time an energy than protesting fundraisers for the Susan G Komen Foundation, but there these people are, waving their signs.

Oh, and you know what else they could have been doing instead?

Freaking raising money to find a cure for breast cancer.


~ by Randi Saunders on June 3, 2012.

One Response to “Another Incredibly Stupid Incident”

  1. That ‘anti-choice movement’ goes a long way to fight against women’s right to make choices for their bodies- to have an abortion, to be screened for cancer, to run a race. Absurd, sad, and horrifying- all at the same time. And yet, these days, not surprising. Thanks for the post!
    -Liza Wolff-Francis, Matrifocal Point

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