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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:16 AM
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Breast cancer group called a "menace to women"
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The second tidbit is perhaps more schaden than freude. At very least, it's shameless. As Eleanor Bader reports at RHRealityCheck, anti-choice forces have boycotted Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure (SKG), the largest breast cancer charity in the world and the leader in the fight against the disease. (The boycott is not brand-new, as the post implies, but it does seem to be heating up.) Antiabortion activists have called SKG a "menace to women," Bader reports, which, obviously, is like calling basil a menace to linguine. Their beef: Advocates for women with breast cancer don't warn women about "the abortion/breast cancer connection." Which, of course, is because there is no such thing. Not that the facts have stopped people like Karen Malec, president of the Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer, from saying things like, "Women suffer tremendously when 'breast cancer awareness groups' keep us in the dark about breast physiology, especially when millions unwittingly damage their health by choosing abortion." (Or Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., from publishing reprehensible "studies" like this new one in the non-peer-reviewed Linacre Quarterly, which -- where shall I start? -- provides no actual data and no real explanation for why mothers get breast cancer or miscarriages don't seem to be a problem or ... feh. We're not going to dignify it with a rebuttal.)

The Komen haters have also (long) trotted out the association between Komen and Planned Parenthood -- which, to the radically antiabortion, is basically the Death Star. Diabolically enough, some Komen affiliates provide grants to local Planned Parenthood clinics, supporting -- exclusively -- breast cancer screening and educational programming for un- and under-insured women.

Silly as it all sounds, Bader reports that Komen staff "have had to respond to anti-choice criticism" -- instead of to, say, breast cancer -- "and recently hired two Catholic ethicists to rebut Diocesan efforts to stop the faithful from supporting SKG." Your donations at work!
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http://www.salon.com/mwt/broadsheet/feature/2009/09/16/...

Is there anything these loons won't protest about? This could literally kill women who don't get mammograms because of their lies.
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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:21 AM
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1. Just when you think the RW nuts can't get any nuttier...
They manage to one-up themselves.
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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:41 AM
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2. What about the abortion / earthquake connection?!?!
Idiots
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:21 AM
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6. Or the abortion/global warming connection???
I'm just waiting for an anti-choicer to try to convince me of that one.
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:44 AM
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3. There has to be something terribly wrong in the development of the right wing mind
There is no other logical explanation for the behavior they have exhibited this last year.


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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 12:41 PM
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11. I don't know that there's any one common thread
But the simple reality is that 50% of the people are dumber than the average person, and while intelligence has finite limits, stupidity doesn't. The bell curve has a far left side and there are people who live there, and most of those call themselves Republicans. Those idiots are indeed useful as the RW knows fully well as masters of demagoguery.
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 05:49 AM
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4. So women who get breast cancer have had abortions?
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 05:50 AM by fasttense
My mother, a former Catholic Nun? I somehow seriously doubt it.
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AngryOldDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 06:39 AM
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5. That's the supposition.
You may now begin to count the logical fallacies in that statement.
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Lemonwurst Donating Member (65 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 07:49 AM
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7. And politically, they continue to eat their own...
I heard a few years back that SGK founder and Susan's younger sister Nancy Brinker was a Bush Pioneer, a puzzling role for someone supposedly so committed to helping women.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nancy_Brinker

Maybe it was only her ex-husband that was the raving Repub, but no matter - there's some irony in seeing these boneheads give such grief to an organization whose biggest paycheck goes to the hand that feeds, no?
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:03 AM
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8. I've got to wonder what she thinks about the crazies taking over the GOP.
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Berry Cool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:43 AM
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9. THAT is one of the reasons I don't support Susan G. Komen.
That and the fact that they're not really dedicated to eradicating breast cancer, just helping fund more ways for Big Pharma to treat it. Which is fine as far as it goes, but personally I would prefer to get rid of the disease, not just find more effective forms of treatment.

Also, they have tons of money already because they are the biggest and best-known breast cancer charity out there and their name is on EVERYTHING. Other, smaller organizations focused on researching the cause of breast cancer and on finding preventive measures really need the funding more.

But it just figures that some Repigs would be stupid enough to eat themselves by condemning Komen for not helping them perpetuate the lie about abortions causing breast cancer.
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Fleshdancer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 08:50 AM
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10. attacking an organization dedicated to cancer awareness and research?
I officially hate these people now.
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