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Meet the woman who got Komen to defund Planned Parenthood

1:12 pm - 02/02/2012

After the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood, attention has focused on its Vice President for Policy, Karen Handel. She joined the group last January after a failed run for governor in Georgia, where she had advocated defunding Planned Parenthood.

But there’s another woman who deserves equal credit: Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest. It’s her group that issued a report last fall, “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,” that led to a probe by the Energy and Commerce Committee. And it’s that investigation that puts Planned Parenthood in violation of Komen’s new policy that bars funding of groups under investigation.



Yoest has run Americans United for Life for three years. She came to the group from former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign, and before that, served as the Family Research Council’s vice president for communications. She moved to Washington in the 1980s to work in the Reagan administration. But she counts this as perhaps her biggest victory.

“I have to say, it was some of the best news of my entire life,” Yoest told me in an interview this morning about the Komen decision. She saw the news yesterday afternoon, sitting in her driveway and checking Twitter.

“We’re so used to seeing Planned Parenthood succeed at defining themselves as the trendy place to be, and for Komen to make such a smart decision in recognizing the reality behind Planned Parenthood spin,” she adds. “As a breast cancer survivor, I was always troubled with this whole idea that the nation’s largest abortion provider was enmeshed in the breast cancer fight when they weren’t actually doing mammograms. I look at this as smart stewardship.”

Americans United for Life has, for the past year, aggressively pushed Congress to end Planned Parenthood’s federal funding. It has also drafted model legislation that states can use to bar abortion providers from receiving federal funds. Nine states have passed such laws, although the Obama administration has blocked their implementation.

Yoest hopes that the Komen decision is the beginning of a similar push, on the private side, to curtail Planned Parenthood’s funding, although she does not expect other funders to get on board overnight.

“We’ll be looking at their other supporters,” she said. “Let’s be honest, they’ve been very fashionable amongst a certain philanthropic set. I hope that this is a beginning of people re-looking at associations with the nation’s largest abortion provider.”

As those critical of the decision have shown their support of Planned Parenthood — it raised $400,000 in the 24 hours after the Komen decision — Yoest says the anti-abortion community is exploring ways to support the group. Her group will, for the first time, have a team in the District of Columbia Race for the Cure, called “Team Life.” Yoest, a marathoner, ran the race about a decade ago, but stopped after learning of Komen’s affiliation with Planned Parenthood.

“Yesterday we were looking at Komen’s Web site and how we can interact with them,” she says. “I want them to get as much of the benefit as possible. We’ll have T-shirts and a pasta dinner. I’ve run in a couple of marathons. That’s why I always wanted to be a part of their great work.”



The callousness and ignorance of this woman is horrifying. Yea, women totally choose Planned Parenthood because its "trendy!" - the fact that they offer low cost, affordable health services many women wouldnt otherwise be able to afford has noottthing to do with it.

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popehippo 2nd-Feb-2012 09:01 pm (UTC)
“As a breast cancer survivor, I was always troubled with this whole idea that the nation’s largest abortion provider was enmeshed in the breast cancer fight when they weren’t actually doing mammograms. I look at this as smart stewardship.”

BUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH?
alierakieron 2nd-Feb-2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
Haven't you heard? Abortions and birth control cause cancer.

/scowl
skellington1 2nd-Feb-2012 09:14 pm (UTC)
We’re so used to seeing Planned Parenthood succeed at defining themselves as the trendy place to be

Wow. I had no idea that when I waited an hour and a half for the doc appointment I couldn't get anywhere else, to get the birth control that keeps me sane, that it was trendy. I thought it was packed with stressed people and random screaming kids because it was over-needed and under-funded, but it was just 'cause it's hip!

Dudes, I was totally going to Planned Parenthood before it was cool.
tabaqui 3rd-Feb-2012 02:11 am (UTC)
+1
mercystars 2nd-Feb-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
The callousness and ignorance of this woman is horrifying.

ia, op. and that's really all one can say here.
fornikate 2nd-Feb-2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
"very fashionable amongst a certain philanthropic set"

i didn't realize giving a shit about women's health was FASHIONABLE
skunk 2nd-Feb-2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
i've gotta say, it just warms my heart how Charmaine Yoest tries to take the hard work and dedication of women's health activists and boil it down to 'OH WELL, ITS JUST TRENDY TO CARE ABOUT WOMEN!'
kishmet 2nd-Feb-2012 09:19 pm (UTC)
But she counts this as perhaps her biggest victory.

YEEEEAAAAAHHH defunding affordable breast cancer screenings! VICTORY

This attitude is why I defriended seven fucking people on facebook today
blueboatdreams 2nd-Feb-2012 09:53 pm (UTC)
Omg you're amazing! Need a clapping gif.


So far no one on my fb has said anything commending Komen. I hope it stays that way.
bleed_peroxide 2nd-Feb-2012 10:59 pm (UTC)
Who the fuck would be sitting there HAPPY that PP is getting defunded? What the hell. D:

Keeping the "I support Planned Parenthood" sticker on my car, loud and proud. They need vocal advocates more than ever now. Jesus.
romp 3rd-Feb-2012 06:57 am (UTC)
congrats! bet it feels like a safer place to be tomorrow
violetrose 2nd-Feb-2012 09:23 pm (UTC)
Tbh this entire thing just solidifies my belief that anti-choicers couldn't care less about women or our health, let alone life or babies. They just want to punish women and make them suffer.
13chapters 2nd-Feb-2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
I legit saw someone say that in the comments section of the WaPo today. (When someone said that righties want to make women "victims and criminals", one of the responses was, and I'm C&Ping: "Victims of what? Being a promiscuous female isn't being a victim!")

One day I will learn my lesson and stop fucking looking at comments.
xvisqueux 2nd-Feb-2012 09:56 pm (UTC)
Their way of thinking BOGGLES my mind.
riath 2nd-Feb-2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
“I want them to get as much of the benefit as possible. We’ll have T-shirts and a pasta dinner. I’ve run in a couple of marathons. That’s why I always wanted to be a part of their great work.”

I don't know why this particularly offends me. It's like...."oh let's all have pasta dinners while loads more women who need it go without breast cancer screening and mammograms". All because PP offers abortion as one of a multitude of services for women.

To quote George Carlin - "Pro-life is anti-woman."
bleed_peroxide 2nd-Feb-2012 11:02 pm (UTC)
Honestly, it just makes me sit there and wonder who the fuck cares if a woman is using PP for an abortion or for a mammogram. The point is that they're helping millions of women that might not get those services otherwise. If you really care about women's health, you'll care about all aspects of it - not just the one that directly profits you.
johnjie 2nd-Feb-2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, I didn't realise women's reproductive health was a trend! Silly me, here I was thinking that it was, y'know, a health issue! Boy, I'm glad we cleared that up.

mentalguru 3rd-Feb-2012 12:01 am (UTC)
"very fashionable amongst a certain philanthropic set"

...

So Komen is... a hipster?
kishmet 3rd-Feb-2012 12:15 am (UTC)
So Komen is... a hipster?

suddenly the douchebaggery all makes sense

as much as hipsters ever make sense, anyway.
phoenix_san 3rd-Feb-2012 01:12 am (UTC)
This woman's absolute smugness really offends me. I'd ask how she could sleep at night when thousands-or more-women may end up suffering due to her actions, but I have a feeling she's doing just fine.
massielita 3rd-Feb-2012 04:00 am (UTC)
I'm still reeling from this tbh.
roseofjuly 3rd-Feb-2012 07:12 am (UTC)
On a totally personal and selfish level, this sucks because I love pink shit (even nonsensical pink shit like pink spatulas) and a looooot of the pink shit I want is Komen-branded. Komen is part of the reason that retailers and manufacturers started even offering a lot of their products in pink (and charging more for them). I've long has ideological problems with Komen, but at least, I reasoned, their money goes primarily to breast cancer research and screening. But now...shit, I can't even say that.

On a much less selfish note (ha)...I honestly just do not get it. I mean, I understand that money is the root of all evil, but I don't understand how one could slowly watch their sister die from breast cancer, start a foundation to prevent the same thing from happening to other women and then sabotaging one's own efforts to actually make that happen because of money.

“We’re so used to seeing Planned Parenthood succeed at defining themselves as the trendy place to be, and for Komen to make such a smart decision in recognizing the reality behind Planned Parenthood spin,” she adds. “As a breast cancer survivor, I was always troubled with this whole idea that the nation’s largest abortion provider was enmeshed in the breast cancer fight when they weren’t actually doing mammograms. I look at this as smart stewardship.”

Mammograms are an expensive second-tier level way to detect breast cancer. The top tier way to do it is a simple, inexpensive breast exam - which women can get cheaper or free of charge at a PP center with a routine gynecological visit. I remember the backlash ACOG (or perhaps it was ACS, can't remember) got when they changed their recommendation for breast cancer screening for once every two years after age 50 instead of once every year at age 40. They found that the annual exams were just costing people a lot of money and turning up a lot of false positives that led to unnecessary invasive medical procedures like biopsies, but it wasn't stopping and catching a lot of cancer. But the breast cancer lobby was enraged and accused them of pandering to (not sure who...?) and endangering the health of women.

It's so hypocritical of them to lead the charge on that and then cut thousands, perhaps millions, of women off from affordable first-level cancer screenings (and cervical cancer, too) simply because of one ideological issue - that actually also saves women. It just goes to show that they are more concerned with maintaing a corporate image so they can sell pink shit and lobby in Washington than they are with women's lives. And I hope breast cancer survivors and other women and donors recognize that and turn their efforts elsewhere.
eacole72 3rd-Feb-2012 04:44 pm (UTC)
I'm going to be extremely selfish for a moment.

This is my employer: http://www.newmanrh.org/Home/Foundation/Donate/tabid/18947/Default.aspx

We're not affiliated with SGK (at least at this time). We have pink t-shirts for sale, to support the creation of the first comprehensive breast care center in a community hospital in Kansas. The shirts are $20, with $14 of that going to support the center. (I'm wearing mine to work today.)
sephirajo 3rd-Feb-2012 05:39 pm (UTC)
Shit like this is why I left the pro-life movement as soon as I could think clearly on my own, in college. Protip to this woman: if you do not care what happens to women who are already alive, you are not 'pro-life.' If you think it's great to cut off access to breast cancer screening because a place MIGHT be doing abortions or recommending them at the same time is NOT pro-life. People like this don't care about anything but their little crusade and don't care who the fuck they trample over to get it.

Excuse me, I'll be shaking with rage in the corner here.
ms_stylistic 3rd-Feb-2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
...if you do not care what happens to women who are already alive, you are not 'pro-life'

I really couldn't have said it better. I may have to steal this, muffin.

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