Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Women Before Politics

"It was just announced that Susan G. Komen for a Cure, America's largest charity to fight breast cancer, will no longer fund a program that provides free or low-cost breast cancer screenings for millions of women who get their health care from Planned Parenthood. This is a huge blow.

In abruptly pulling nearly $1,000,000 in funding for breast cancer screenings, the Susan G. Koman foundation cited a sham "investigation" into Planned Parenthood launched by Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns, one of the most militant anti-choice members of Congress. We have to stand up and fiercely defend Planned Parenthood -- and show Susan G. Komen and others who are considering caving to the radical right that we will not let extremists defund health care providers for women who include reproductive health services." (sited here)

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"Komen’s reasoning for the defunding is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation by Congress. But critics think internal changes and lobbying by anti-abortion groups may have also played a part in the decision. As Sarah Kliff explained:

Komen said it could not continue to fund Planned Parenthood because it has adopted new guidelines that bar it from funding organizations under congressional investigation. The House oversight and investigations subcommittee announced in the fall an investigation into Planned Parenthood’s funding.

Planned Parenthood has been at the center of a lot of heated political battles lately. Most center on whether the group, as an abortion provider, should receive government funds for other services it provides, such as offering contraceptives and preventive screenings." (Washington Post)

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Many petitions are currently being circulated on the web showing support for Susan G. Komen to reinstate their funding for Planned Parenthood breast exams. If you're interested here is the one I signed. 


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