FIRST PERSON | Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced that it will continue to fund Planned Parenthood programs that support breast cancer screening and education. After pressure from Senate Democrats and women's groups, the foundation decided to continue providing grant money to Planned Parenthood. The funding cut, announced earlier this week, was due to the Congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood's funding of abortions. Susan G. Komen for the Cure placed themselves smack in the middle of the pro-choice battle when they announced the funding cut.
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Organizations such as the Mercy Breast Center in Rogers, Arkansas, directly benefit from grants and donations from Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The Mercy Breast Center was where I received my diagnostic mammogram, MRI and ultrasound that led to my breast cancer diagnosis.
After my diagnosis of breast cancer was confirmed, I was given a tote bag full of information, including several books for me and my spouse to read. The information included a book, "Breast Cancer Treatment Handbook," by Judy C. Kneece, RN, OCN. A $39,210 grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure enabled me to have access to this resource. The information contained in this kit enabled me to make informed decisions about my treatment. I may not have had access to this information without that grant money.
I was saddened by the lack of information spewed by the media about Susan G. Komen for the Cure when they announced the discontinuation of funding for Planned Parenthood. It was a decision based on their corporate policy. It had nothing to do with attempting to defund Planned Parenthood because they are a pro-choice organization.
I have never had an abortion and I never considered having one. That said, Planned Parenthood was an important resource for me as a young woman without health insurance. I was able to get health screenings and information about reproductive health at little to no cost. Access to legal and safe abortions is a very small part of Planned Parenthood. They provide information, health screenings and education to all women. Losing the funding from Susan G. Komen would have resulted in fewer health services being provided.
I am glad to see that Susan G. Komen for the Cure has reconsidered its position on funding for Planned Parenthood. It is a shame that two organizations whose purpose is to promote health and well-being for women are being thrown into the pro-choice debate.
Lynda Altman is currently receiving treatment for a type of breast cancer called invasive ductal carcinoma. She writes a series for Yahoo! Shine called "My Battle with Breast Cancer", which follows her journey through treatment and recovery.
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