In case you haven’t heard, there has been another blow to Planned Parenthood: Susan G. Komen for the Cure® has decided to pull funding from organizations undergoing investigations, and Planned Parenthood is one of them.
For an organization that invests so much time and money into women’s health, don’t you think they could ignore the politics? I couldn’t agree more with Patrick Hurd (CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia):
It sounds almost trite, going through this with Betsi [his wife, who is currently battling breast cancer], but cancer doesn’t care if you’re pro-choice, anti-choice, progressive, conservative. Victims of cancer could care less about people’s politics.
Unlike what many politicians believe, Planned Parenthood is not all about abortions. They also perform pap tests, STD testing, cervical cancer screenings, birth control, and routine physicals. For women with little access to other clinics, Planned Parenthood is a great resource for women’s healthcare. By taking away funding, Komen is also inhibiting access to these much-needed services.
On a more personal note, almost nine years ago my grandma was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was fortunate enough to have access to medical care that could detect it and provide her with the proper treatment. For a couple of years, she received chemotherapy and at one point was in remission. Although her struggle ended in 2006, she had enough time to come to terms with the disease and spend the remaining years of her life with friends and family. The fates of many women are not so fortunate. If the cancer is not detected early, there may be no chance of survival or remission. That is why it’s so important that women have better access to screenings and breast exams.
Not surprisingly, Komen’s decision caused an uproar. Officials have resigned and Komen’s website has even been hacked. Many have already gotten tired of the Pink Ribbon campaign and lawsuits concerning the trademarked “for the cure”. However, the issue is far from being resolved and our support is still needed. You can donate to Planned Parenthood, and if you want to still donate to breast cancer research but not through Komen there are other organizations, such as The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Planned Parenthood is an organization dedicated to women’s healthcare, and by continuing to fund it, it can continue to provide for those in need.
Edit: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has pledged to donate $250,000 to Planned Parenthood to make up for lost funds!