Thursday, February 2, 2012

Some Things Just REALLY, REALLY PISS ME OFF!!!

And this is one of them.   It's off topic, but because I have had breast cancer I am livid at the Susan G. Komen Foundation's cowardly decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood--an organizations that provides FREE breast screenings to women who otherwise could not afford them. 

If you're not up-to-date on the issue you can read about it here, here, here and here.

BTW, they stop funding an organization that helps poor and low income women because of a trumped up investigation by an anti-choice congressman, yet they continue to affiliate with Bank of America and Penn State (isn't Penn State under investigation???)

Now let's make this absolutely clear.   The money SGK provided to Planned Parenthood was only used for cancer screenings.   NOT ABORTIONS.  Planned Parenthood provides abortions FOR WOMEN WHO WANT THEM, but that represents only a TINY fraction of the services they provide.   You can read about the impact of SGK's decision on Planned Parenthood here.

I used Planned Parenthood when I was a teen-ager to get my annual exams and contraceptives.   Being that I came from a strict Catholic family, there was no way my Mom was going to take me to a Gynecologist (not even for an exam) or to get contraceptives.   I didn't want to get pregnant, so my only option was Planned Parenthood.   I NEVER had an abortion, nor would I. 

But, many women DO want abortions, and will get them whether they are legal or not.    It pisses me off to no extent the bullying tactics of the ANTI-CHOICE (no, they are not PRO-LIFE they prove at every turn that they are the antithesis of pro-life), to prevent women reproductive freedom.  Not just with abortion, but birth control as well.

So, the Komen Foundation's decision to HURT women by cutting off funding to an organization which does more good in this country for women then any other REALLY, REALLY PISSES ME OFF.  

And, I don't understand the BS about abortions causing breast cancer.  First, there's no scientific evidence of it (I had breast cancer and NO WHERE do they say you're at higher risk because you've had an abortions).  Second, even if it where true, then it's STILL a woman's choice as to whether or not she wants to take the risk.

Now, I've expressed my reservations about SGK in the past.   Let's just say that most of the money they raise doesn't end up helping the people they're supposedly serving, and it's more about creating profits for it's corporate sponsors than doing stuff to prevent breast cancer.  

There's also a documentary coming out next month which I'd like to see.  Here's the trailer:



I will never give another dime to SGK. Instead, I made donation to Planned Parenthood, and plan to make more in the future.    If you want to do so, you can do so here
It's become clear that the Susan G. Komen Foundation has lost it's way. It's no longer an organization dedicated to finding a cure for breast cancer, or helping women who either need to be screened for breast cancer or are dealing with breast cancer.

They hired an anti-choice political operative showing that what they are now about is promoting anti-choice politics over women's health. They are no more than an arm of big corporations focusing on making profits off of women and breast cancer.

OK, my rant is just about over.  Here's what I want all of you to take away in the end:

8 comments:

  1. I read this news yesterday and it made my blood boil. The endless attacks against PP is stupid beyond belief. I think I read that the amount of money and work that goes towards abortions is just 3% of PP.. so all the effort to cut funding from PP when 97% of their work is good.. stupid people.

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  2. Thank you for posting. Did you read the big article in Marie Claire called The Big Business of Breast Cancer? http://www.marieclaire.com/world-reports/news/breast-cancer-business-scams?click=main_sr

    It left me very disappointed. There are also plenty of other articles about SGK going after smaller charities who use the term "for a cure".

    I posted your post on my fb as majority of my friend are furious over this.

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  3. Baby, Thanks for the repost. Although I'm saddened by the SGK decision, I'm glad to see women roused out of their stupor regarding reproductive rights. Maybe other groups will finally get the hint that although anti-choicers are loud, women are not going to take anymore assaults on Planned Parenthood.

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  4. I can't believe the way the government works. Maybe it's always been this way, and maybe they've hidden it before now, but it seems that nowadays, they just don't care what the 'little people' think. It's all about their political agenda, and we're just pawns. They make these decisions with no regard to who it affects, whatsoever!

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