Thursday, May 19, 2022

Play

U.S. mayors train to fend off increased threats and harassment, the Illinois governor signs a ban on 'Ghost Guns,' and death anxiety could play a role in Vladimir Putin's Ukraine invasion.

Play

The White House asks Congress for more pandemic support, the House passes a domestic terrorism bill, Kansas' Supreme Court upholds a new congressional map, and a House committee hears testimony on abortion access.

Play

From off-Broadway to West Virginia: the stories of the deadly Upper Big Branch mine explosion, baby formula is on its way back to grocery shelves, and federal funds will combat consolidation in meatpacking.

Michigan NOW: Don't "Play Politics" with Women's Health

Play

Thursday, February 9, 2012   

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Fallout from the Susan B. Komen Foundation's flip-flop on funding breast cancer screenings for Planned Parenthood spawned charges on both sides of "playing politics" with women's health.

Republican strategist Arie Fleischer reportedly had been advising, or helping to hire, the Komen executive who resigned over the controversy. Other reports say Komen has been consulting with a public-relations firm connected to Democrats.

Mary Pollack, legislative vice president for the Michigan chapter of the National Organization for Women, recommends a neutral executive search firm, and keeping the focus on one issue alone: women's health.

"They shouldn't be hiring a Republican operative or a Democratic operative to do a search for staff."

Pollack says she knows many women who have decided to stop volunteering for Komen because of the controversy.

"I don't know if they'll ever be able to recover their brand name. It has been so besmirched by what they've done."

Pollack says non-profits would be well-advised to stay away from what she calls the "abortion wars."

"I think every organization needs to be very careful about this."

Many women rely on Planned Parenthood for screenings such as mammograms, Pollack says, adding that she doesn't want to see them lost in the battle.

The Komen Foundation is one of the nation's largest, according to CharityWatch, but other groups also work on breast cancer prevention. CharityWatch recently downgraded Komen's rating from a B-plus to a B, in part because of an increase in its fund-raising costs. Similar groups scored higher; for example, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation got an A-plus.


get more stories like this via email

The Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve along with the Big Bend Seagrasses, St. Martins Marsh Aquatic Preserves and the Pinellas County Aquatic Preserve together protect the largest contiguous seagrass meadow in the Gulf of Mexico and the largest spring-fed seagrass habitat in the world. (Charlie Shoemaker for The Pew Charitable Trusts)

Environment

This afternoon, members of the public will get to have a say on the management plan for the first new aquatic preserve created in Florida in 32 years…


Social Issues

May is Community Action Month, and local agencies helping low-income families hope Congress signs off on a plan to bolster and modernize their …

Environment

After two decades of drought and with no relief in sight, many Utahns are looking for ways to conserve water, and for many residents, part of the …


As many as 80% of the homes lost to wildland fires could have been saved if their owners had followed a few simple fire-safe practices. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

May is Wildfire Awareness Month, and state officials are encouraging Coloradans to get up to speed on prevention and emergency-exit strategies if …

Social Issues

The White House is fielding pitches from top Democratic lawmakers about their desire to dramatically expand student loan forgiveness. While a …

Beyond school counselors, parents and private providers, mental-health advocates urge faith-based and other community groups to provide safe spaces for kids dealing with stress and anxiety. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

As the school year winds down, education leaders are shedding light on increased mental-health demands among students, including thoughts of suicide…

Social Issues

A new report found dishonest employers steal from some 213,000 people in Ohio each year by paying them less than the minimum wage; and it is just one …

Social Issues

Illinois has a new law banning the sale and possession of "ghost guns," essentially untraceable firearms that are sold in kit-form online or at gun sh…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021