Decemberists: Thumbs Down to Komen Foundation

Complaint stems from cancer organization’s tussle with Planned Parenthood.

By Blurt Staff

On their website today the Decemberists issued a statement indicating they would no longer donate to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Previously the band had been selling teeshirts labeled “Team Jenny” after member Jenny Conlee received a diagnosis of breast cancer and the proceeds had been going to the Komen group. However, Komen subsequently announced that it would be withholding its financial support of Planned Parenthood, a decision that rankled the Decemberists camp.

The band has issued a statement:

The Decemberists are deeply troubled by Komen for the
Cure’s recent decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, a vital
resource in the battle against breast cancer. Providing cancer
screenings to low income women is integral to the prevention and defeat
of breast cancer and it is unconscionable that Komen should politicize
this very important issue by bowing to the fear campaign being waged
against PP by the right. We’ve decided to redirect the proceeds of the
Team Jenny t-shirts and buttons away from Komen for the Cure. 100% of
the net profits of these items will be instead donated to Planned
Parenthood’s Breast Health Emergency Fund.

Please help to support
this essential institution. And, if you’ve supported the Team Jenny
effort in the past, please write to Komen for the Cure via their site or
via twitter (@komenforthecure) and let them know that undermining
women’s health for political reasons is unacceptable.

Photo Credit: Autumn DeDwilde



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