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When news broke that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the nation’s largest breast cancer charity, was cutting its funding to Planned Parenthood, women in our community spoke up!
“Breast cancer cares not about pro-life and pro-choice points of view, it is an equalizer of sorts. To reduce [women's] health to a political hot potato, this by such a prominent organization devoted to the search for a cure, is so wrong.” -- nellewrites
“No one is happy at all & we are pushing back…dropping SGK [Susan G. Komen] & sending more donations to PP [Planned Parenthood]. Let’s see how they like that.” -- busdriversam
“Looks like I'll be making my donations directly to PP for breast cancer screening. I've always supported the Komen foundation, but I won't buy any products or send any donations until they realize that they are being played. The investigation into PP is a purely political act. I guess it doesn't matter to some whether or not poor women die from cancer due to a lack of access to free screenings.” -- nwtreehugger
“I hope that SGK will reconsider, but I can't say I'm optimistic. It seems like SGK has been in the news for questionable behavior in the past too. I remember a big hub-bub about their pink bucket at Kentucky Fried Chicken and everyone wondering how in the world they could promote something so unhealthy. It's all about the money, money, money…” -- mom_chef_taxi
“I think that there are plenty of people out there who simply have no idea the sheer number of women Planned Parenthood has helped with exams and birth control when they didn't have insurance. This is going to really hurt Komen and not Planned Parenthood.” -- iluvkrat
“Planned Parenthood helps women implement their decisions about if and when they wish to reproduce. Abortions are legal, much as some dislike the notion. Planned Parenthood would be remiss if they didn't include the option. As for Komen, I always found their stuff to be more about Komen than about cancer.” -- jabberwocka
“There are many things that I will compromise on. I have never voted for a politician that I agree with on all the issues. Heck, as an elected town official, I voted against principles I hold in the interest of compromise and what I felt was the greater good. [But] I will never run another road race, walk another walk, or send another dime to SGK foundation because they decided to politicize their funding.” -- chestsnuthooligan
Of course, not everyone agrees. Some women understand and agree with Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision:
“I think Komen was probably under heat from their donors. I donate to Komen and I can understand their concern. If you want common ground then you need to find better ways to appeal to everybody, not just pro-choicers.” -- jamblessedthree
“I am glad about this. There are others out there who will be as well. Planned Parenthood's involvement in abortion does not set right with a lot of people. Someone standing up for their beliefs and not helping to fund killing babies, it is their right to do so and I give them credit. It may not be a popular decision with some but if more followed their gut instead of caving to the loudest voice, we might be a kinder world today.” -- likeomgreally
Interestingly, donations are now pouring into Planned Parenthood, with more than $500,000 in donations within the first 24 hours of Komen’s announcement. That’s almost enough to replace what Komen gives them in a year. Planned Parenthood also reports a spike in breast cancer screening appointments.
Where do you stand on this issue? Is Komen guilty of politicizing breast cancer funding? Do you support their decision to defund Planned Parenthood?
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