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1. Couple of people have asked if I can use the queue for posts. Unfortunately, I am — I’m posting some manually and some via queue, because there is an ongoing huge backlog of stories. We’re just about getting caught up, and I suspect once I’m not getting 15-20 stories and hour, the every-30-min queue will work fine. But! If I only queue stories, some people aren’t going to see theirs on the site til next week… and I don’t want anyone to have to wait too awful long. I know you get a few at a time in your dash, but it’s the best I can do to shoot for some middle ground.
2. Komen’s apology is not an apology, it’s a PR stunt. Go read Angus for more.
When Susan G. Komen for the Cure “defunded” Planned Parenthood, what they actually did was disqualify them for any future grants - they didn’t take any money away. Now, they are reassuring us that Planned Parenthood is still eligible for grants in the future, but of course they aren’t promising any actual money. As long as anti-choice politician Karen Handel is senior vice president, Komen funding to Planned Parenthood is at risk. Don’t let up, guys.
Caving under pressure from anti-choice groups, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the United States’ most famous breast cancer charity, has pulled its grants for breast cancer screening from Planned Parenthood. Komen grants totaled roughly $680,000 last year, and $580,000 the year before. Over the past five years, Planned Parenthood has used this funding to provide almost 170,000 breast exams and 6,400 mammogram referrals.
Planned Parenthood has established a Breast Health Emergency Fund to provide immediate funding to ensure that their health centers can continue providing care. You can donate to Planned Parenthood here.
Now that we can no longer rely on the Komen foundation (not that we really could, anyway), where else should your donations to breast cancer research go? Spirit Fingers at Crasstalk compiled this handy list: