When national news headlines announced a decision by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, I was incredulous and out of anger I set up a Facebook page called “De-Fund the Komen Foundation.” Within 3 days I had 19,000 members, proving I was by no means alone in my disgust.
Planned Parenthood has become a political pawn in recent years, thanks to a growing trend toward demonizing women’s right to choose their destinies. As a female in her 50s who has admired the organization for many years, I am unwilling to sit idly by while it’s attacked with false accusations and egregious smears. The Komen Foundation – ostensibly a pro-woman, pro-health entity – is having to re-evaluate its own role in the anti-PP dogpile while at the same time answering some tough questions to their litany of supporters. We at De-fund the Komen Foundation hope they honestly address their critics and repair the damage done to their relationship with Planned Parenthood, a very efficient and successful healthcare provider and educator that has provided cancer screenings, contraception, STD checks and treatments and comprehensive awareness of the need to remain healthy in order to exercise reproductive autonomy.
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June 6, 2012 by ZiggyStarsRust