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Komen Reverses Course; Virginia OKs Abortion Bill

Saturday, February 4, 2012



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Public outcry this week over Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation's decision to cut off grants for Planned Parenthood, which funded breast cancer screenings and education, successfully pressured Komen into changing its position. The foundation said that Planned Parenthood would now be eligible to apply for grants.

On Feb. 3, Komen released a press statement saying that they will amend the grant requirements for recipients and "continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood," reported Reuters Feb. 3. Any "disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political," the press release said, which would mean that the current investigation of Planned Parenthood would no longer disqualify it from receiving Komen grants.

Komen apologized "to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," reported The Washington Post Feb. 3.

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I thought this was an interesting statement made by Sen. Boxer (D-Calif.). It is rare to see her take a strong stance for women's rights issues. Her support was joined in by several democrat senators and representatives across the United States

Despite the drama over Komen's decision to sever funding to Planned Parenthood, I think we have to focus on the one very large positive from this public debacle: the intense opposition from women all over the country. I’ve been reading Susan Faludi's "Backlash," about the undeclared war against women in the US, and this gives me great hope that women can successfully fight the backlash. In our society right now, women's rights are being pushed back. Rappers rap about "bitches" and "whores," there is new controversy over Roe v. Wade, and the number of women being elected into office has stagnated. But perhaps Komen's decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding is the beginning of the end of this backlash. The huge opposition to the funding severance not only united women against a common cause; it brought them to act. Social media exploded with criticism of the highly political move, and people were talking about it everywhere - on the news, with their friends, on the internet. It was truly remarkable for me to see, especially in an era where I've felt that many women have stopped fighting for their rights. I sincerely hope that this event marks a change in women's fight for equality, and that the women who opposed this decision and pushed Komen to reverse it stay involved and educated. This very public debate put women's rights in the limelight. These issues are important, and maybe this battle was just what women needed: a strong victory against those who have put women's rights on the backburner. I have hope that this event will lead to more like it. Women need to re-embrace their power to effect change. We've got about a thousand more battles to fight, but this victory may be the one to get us back on our feet and fighting.

Regardless of the Susan G. Komen Foundation's backtracking on the issue of the grants to Planned Parenthood I do not think they merit a "Cheer" when they are apparently pursuing what I would call an anti woman agenda. I say this because they have withdrawn funding for stem cell research and have several people in either top management or their board who are anti-abortion.

Please take a look at this article I found and see if you don't agree . . .