February22012

Why Planned Parenthood Matters & Why the Susan G. Komen Foundation can suck it…

I’m not one to bash organizations that fund healthcare initiatives for people, but what I can’t seem to wrap my head around is the Susan G. Komen foundation. This foundation is supposed to be politically neutral, but as we’ve all seen in the past couple of days, the organization has veered to the far right and pulled its funding from Planned Parenthood.

HERE’S WHY IT SUCKS: Karen Handel, the current VP of Communications is anti-choice (not PRO-LIFE because that would make it seem like pro-choicers are┬ánot pro-life), financially supports GOP candidates, AND publicly stated that she doesn’t support Planned Parenthood. After the Susan G. Komen foundation pulled it’s funds, here’s what she did to prove her allegiance:

Planned Parenthood is an organization that provides cancer screenings, family planning services, breast exams, etc. which, when put in lamence terms, means they provide low-cost healthcare opportunities for people who can’t afford basic insurance. Susan G. Komen’s funding covered hundreds of thousands of breast cancer screenings for working-class women, and now that they have pulled out of Planned Parenthood, what is going to happen to these women? Only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s healthcare services goes toward abortions, and not EVERY Planned Parenthood performs them.

Stop with the anti-choice agenda. There’s a difference between being pro-choice and pro-abortion, but either way, supporting both is necessary. I refuse to go back to the time where women were getting back-alley abortions with wire-hangers.

BUT THE MAIN POINT IS that the Susan G. Komen Foundation is making a HUGE mistake, and they should take responsibility for their own actions instead of hiding behind ridiculous statements about why they decided to pull their funding. LET’s BE REAL HERE PEOPLE.

I am so thankful for Social Media and the ability it has to spread this kind of news like wildfire. This is where we have a voice, and WE ALL BETTER USE IT.

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