Yeah, so, I had no idea that breast cancer was a political issue.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has halted grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.
According to the Associated Press: “Planned Parenthood says the move results from Komen bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists. Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress — a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups.”
Cancer doesn’t care about politics. Cancer is like the honey badger. It doesn’t give a shit. Every side of this argument can’t agree that we should do everything possible to fight cancer? Really?! Cancer is going to beat us, and by “us” I mean the human race, if we can’t work together.
I can’t begin to express how much this decision angers and saddens. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2009. A year before that I was working as a contractor with no medical benefits. I relied on Planned Parenthood not only for birth control but for my health care, in general. If I hadn’t moved on to a new job, I would have been relying on Planned Parenthood for a breast cancer screening when I found my lump.
When it comes to breast cancer – or any kind of cancer for that matter – early detection is key. I am so sad to think of all the women who won’t learn they have cancer until it is too late because the resources for early detection were not available to them because they don’t have money.
Everyone deserves medical care, not just the people who can afford it.
I am so disappointed in Komen for the Cure, an organization that I have donated countless dollars to. I’m sad to say until they make a change I’m not going to be donating to their organization again. Instead I will donate my money directly to Planned Parenthood.
Shame on you, Komen for the Cure. And shame on all the pro-life commenters on the news articles that suggest that women who rely on Planned Parenthood for birth control, their reproductive health and their health, in general, somehow deserve to die of breast cancer. You are the death panels that your hero Sarah Palin was talking about. Reading your comments made me cry in my cube at work, because it is so horrible to think there are people out there who think women deserve to get breast cancer.
I am lucky.
Every day I think to myself, “You are so goddamn lucky.” Thanks to a self exam, my cancer was caught early. I lost my left boob, but I could have lost my life.