Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Komen Foundation pulls funding

The right wing has another victory under the belts, and  women's health has another blow.  The Anti Abortionists have hounded the Susan G. Komen Foundation for years about their funding of Planned Parenthood, and it seems that the breast cancer awareness giant has finally caved. 

Planned Parenthood is a great resource in any community for low income women and those that are uninsured.  They provide prenatal health, pap smears, mammograms, and other women's health services to those in need.  Many women would not be able to get these recommended screenings without this organization, and yet the right wing still hates them to the point of wanting them disbanded.

The fact is that the Komen Foundation pulled it's funding for one service that Planned Parenthood offers in some of their offices.  Abortion.  The right wing has been attempting to get the funding the Komen Foundation donates for breast cancer screening cut off for years due to that one word.  With the recent investigation by the House Energy and Commerce into Planned Parenthood, the Komen Foundation was under even more pressure to pull it's grants. 

It is a sad day for women's health in this country.  I am  not saying that abortion is wrong or it is right, but that we need to look at the bigger picture in this situation.  According to Planned Parenthood only 3 percent of it's budget is used for abortions.  That means 97 percent of it's funding is used for other women's health services.  Yet, the Republicans and Pro Life activists cannot see past the 3 percent to see the vital health services that this organization does bring to communities. 

With the Republicans so against health care for all we need organizations such as Planned Parenthood to fill in the gaps for those women who cannot afford to go to a private office for these services.  The grants the Komen Foundation were providing to Planned Parenthood went to 170,000 breast cancer screenings over the last 5 years.  That's 170,000 women that were screened that would have otherwise not been, all because of the Planned Parenthood/Susan G. Komen partnership.  A partnership that has now  been dissolved due to one parties political agenda.

I hope that the Komen Foundation reconsiders it's decision to not fill the grants that it had been providing to help these women.  If they don't, then maybe private donations will make up for it.  One thing that I do wish is that we could all see past that small percentage of one service that this organization provides to the bigger picture that is the gap now left in the health care of low income women.

Do you agree with the Susan G. Komen Foundation pulling it's funding from Planned Parenthood?

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