RAISING OUR VOICES

It was heartwarming to see that women all over this country finally raised their voices. I am always surprised as to how many women take the assaults against Roe vs. Wade as a fait accomplit. But it seems that the less controversial topic of funding for breast cancer screening spurred thousands of women to use social media to express their displeasure at the Susan B. Komen Foundation.

Let’s backtrack for a moment. The Susan B. Komen Foundation, which has been raising funds and awareness towards a cure for breast cancer and is responsible for the ubiquitous pink ribbons and fund-raising walks,  announced they will be cutting off $700,000 of yearly grants to Planned Parenthood, money used for breast cancer screening.

The official reason is the change in how they allocate funds, eliminating those outfits that are under investigation (Planned Parenthood is being investigated in Florida thanks to a Republican congressman). But, realistically, the real reason is that the Susan B. Komen Foundation finally caved in to political pressure, the same political pressure that is trying to isolate Planned Parenthood, cut their funds and put it out of business. Never mind that Planned Parenthood’s main business is not actually abortion, the crux of the question – millions of women who cannot afford healthcare, young women who are not eligible to be on their parents’ plans any longer or just women who do not know who to turn to when it comes to their reproductive health, always find an open door at Planned Parenthood, whether it’s about matters of contraception, screenings, check-ups or pregnancies. In some cases, abortion.

Less than 24 hours after the announcement  made the media rounds and thousands of e-mails, twitters, messages and posts hit the Susan B. Komen Foundation like an avalanche, a statement was released reversing the decision and allowing Planned Parenthood to apply for grants again.

Personally, I feel they have lost face no matter what but it’s wonderful to see how seriously they were forced to take all the threats of never contributing to the Susan B. Komen Foundation or wear a pink ribbon again. Way to go girls.

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