Boy oh Boy, or should I say Mom oh Mom. The week was a big one for women’s health, and most likely Ellen’s mental health, too.
Komen Cuts Funds to Planned Parenthood, Internet Says NO
If you haven’t been reading news or seen the Internet lately, then you might not know that the breast cancer foundation Susan G. Komen for the Cure cut off funding for about 19 Planned Parenthood clinics that provide breast cancer screening and other preventative services last Tuesday.
The foundation said its decision was spurred by a recent policy change to their funding structure, but everyone and their mother quickly pointed out Komen’s political (read: Republican, Anti-Abortion) ties and implicating internal strife (one board member quit in protest over the decision). Cue an Internet Uproar, punctuated by clever cards like the one above, and this one:
Not only did Komen eventually back down and agree to reinstate the funding, Planned Parenthood ended up with one huge surge of support, including $250K from millionaire superhero and mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg.
Via ABC News
Neanderthal Mom Group Grunts: Ellen, Gay. No Like. Fire Her You Will.
In other protest-sparking news, a Mom Website affiliated with notoriously anti-gay group American Family Association, OneMillionMoms.com, recently decided to protest JC Penney for daring to hire out lesbian Ellen Degeneres as a spokesperson. From their website statement:
OMM began contacting JC Penney after the store announced that comedian Ellen Degeneres would become the company’s new spokesperson. Funny that JC Penney thinks hiring an open homosexual spokesperson will help their business when most of its customers are traditional families. As consumers, what we find tragic is a corporate office and customer service department that not only transfers customers to voicemail, but even hangs up on them rather than verses hearing their concerns.
Nevermind the fact that it’s doubtful One Million Moms’ numbers live up to their name (The site’s Facebook Page only has 30,000 fans), Ellen averages 3.8 million viewers a week, according to Reuters. And while it’s disappointing that OMM even started this campaign, it’s kind of fun to see that their Facebook page has been taken over by Ellen supporters telling them to shut-up. In the meantime, J.C. Penney stood by their spokesperson, especially after GLAAD launched a counter campaign, Stand Up For Ellen, and collected 25,000 signatures in support.
Washington State One Step Closer to Passing Gay Marriage
Finally, a bright spot this week, and another small step towards federal equality for LGBT couples.
Washington state senators approved legislation allowing same-sex marriage last Wednesday. The bill passed 28-21, with four Republican, Senators supporting it and three Democrats voting against the measure.
Now it heads to the state House where it is expected to gain final approval, at which point the governor will sign it into law. Enactment would make Washington the seventh state to legalize gay marriage.
Of course, opposing groups the Family Policy Institute of Washington and the National Organization for Marriage are now saying they want to put the issue on the ballot in November for the voters to decide. Because, you know, it’s always worked out when voters decided civil rights. Either way, we’ll be watching closely for the seventh celebration!
Via Gant Daily News