The Sonia Show

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Playing politics with breast cancer


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.


Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

5 thoughts on “Playing politics with breast cancer

  1. Already posted this on FB but I really do think that highly of this article to repost:

  2. I had no idea! Great post. I’ve donated to Komen for the Cure as well. I’ll be shipping my dollarst straight to Planned Parenthood now.

  3. If you are really concerned about breast cancer, you will want to ensure that the Komen money is really being used for screening. Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood was using the money for other purposes, since they don’t offer mammograms. Here are tapes from calls to 30 Planned Parenthood Centers in 27 states, none of the Planned Parenthood centers actually offered breast cancer screening. This was not about politics, it was about Planned Parenthood lying to their donors.

  4. There are other forms of breast cancer screening besides mammograms, including clinical breast exams, ultrasounds. etc.

    According to the Planned Parenthood website, “Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses teach patients about breast care, connect patients to resources to help them get vital biopsies, ultrasounds, and mammograms, and follow up to make sure patients are cared for with the attention they need and deserve.”

    “Connect patients to resources” – So, no, maybe they don’t have the mammogram machines on site, but they can do the breast cancer screenings and direct patients to help if they need it. I know they do breast cancer screenings because I have received one at Planned Parenthood.

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