If you were anywhere near the internet in the past few days, chances are you have seen something about the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to withdraw financial support from Planned Parenthood. Despite their assertion that it wasn’t, I think the chances are pretty high this was a politically motivated move. It’s a pity that a group so dedicated to funding cancer research is pandering to the religious right. No, scratch that, it’s just plain shameful.
There are a ton of people around the web picking up this particular ball and running with it. As with everything on the internet, opinions vary wildly, but opinions don’t change the facts. The Komen Foundation told Planned Parenthood “no more money for you.” Planned Parenthood would have used the money to give breast cancer screenings and awareness education to hundreds of thousands of women. Now they will have to depend even more on independent donations.
In his blog post yesterday, EBooks for Breast Cancer Screening and Education, John Scalzi offered to donate his share of the sales from every Subterranean Press ebook he sells in the next week. The donation would go directly to Planned Parenthood and their breast cancer initiatives. Subterranean Press further agreed to donate their share of the sales, also. (See his post for details.)
In the post he gives links to the list of books available for either the Kindle and the Nook. I urge you to take him up on the offer. First because he’s a damn good writer, but second because this is a great opportunity to do some good in the world. Women don’t deserve to suffer because of the political games of Washington.
I grabbed a copy of The Sagan Diary. Until or unless this decision by The Komen Foundation is reversed, I won’t be making any donations to the organization, whether directly, through the purchase of “Pink Ribbon” items, or participating in benefit races. Any money that would have gone to Komen will instead go to Planned Parenthood.
I won’t deny that part of my decision is politically motivated. But a bigger part is simply because I’ve seen the good that organizations like Planned Parenthood can do. Sure, it’s condoms and birth control and *gasp* even abortions, but it’s also where my friend’s uterine polyps were first discovered. It is basic health screenings for those of us who can’t afford to go to the doctor. It’s education and assistance.
Maybe I’m naive, but I don’t thing something as significant as the health of half of the population should be used as a political pawn. Cancer doesn’t care if you’re a Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. It kills indiscriminately. Shouldn’t we be doing everything we can to stop it instead of fighting about which organization is more righteous?