The war against women and their reproductive health and rights has taken another bizarre and tragic turn. The Susan G. Komen Foundation, which has done outstanding work on breast cancer treatment and prevention, has withdrawn the funding it provides to Planned Parenthood for breast exams. The official explanation that’s been given for the reversal is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation, but speculation is rampant that the real reason is that the new Vice President of Komen, who is strongly anti-abortion, objects to the abortion services provided by Planned Parenthood.
Whatever the real motivation, the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s action will only make it more difficult for women, particularly low-income women, to access the family planning and preventive health care services they need. Such an outcome is clearly at odds with Komen’s efforts to improve women’s health. But it is also at odds with those, including the Vice President of Komen, who say they want to reduce the number of abortions being performed in this country. Shutting down more family clinics will only increase unintended pregnancies and the number of women electing to terminate a pregnancy.
The “anti-choice” movment, it appears, is swiftly evolving into an “anti-contraception” movement.
It’s time for all those who care about reproductive health and rights to make their voices heard. Let the Susan G. Komen Foundation know how you feel.
Posted by Robert J. Walker, President