The Public Shaming of The Susan G. Komen Foundation

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  • A day after the The Susan G. Komen Foundation cut ties with Planned Parenthood over its abortion services, the foundation’s once pristine reputation has seen a ferocious backlash: website hacks, retalitory funding of Planned Parenthood, and resignations from top members. The controversial issue has seen near universal condemnation on the web.

    A subtle hack into the main image on the official site changed, “Help us get 26.2 or 13.1 miles closer to a world without breast cancer” to “Help us run over poor women on our way to the bank.”

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  • And, the resulting public backlash has nearly re-filled the void left from Komen’s donations. In nearly 24 hours, reports The Washington Post, donors have given $650,000. The donations were a testament to the power of online microdonations, as roughly $400K of the donations came from 6,000 donors online (or an average of $66).

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  • Reportedly, a few top Komen officials have already resigned, according to The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg. The resignations parallel public statements being circulated around Twitter of local Komen chapters expressing “frustration” over the recent decision.

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  • What do you think of the web’s influence on politics? Even though abortion is a relatively controversial topic around the country, does the web change what kinds of issues are supported?