Archive for the ‘Planned Parenthood’ Category
Regardless of one’s position on the Komen decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood, and then reverse that decision, the new reality for the group is a perfect example of how severe a toll politics can take on a good cause.
Komen did themselves no favors by using confusing and shifting arguments to support their decision to de-fund Planned Parenthood, and in the end, did the same thing when they decided to reinstate potential funding for PP. As a result, Komen has lost a lot of favor from both sides of their supporters.
Cancelling the PP funding was all political, they said. And they withdrew their support.
Reinstating the PP funding was all political, they said. And they, too, walked away.
I think that Planned Parenthood is an excellent resource. I support it, whole-heartedly, and I think that it’s unfortunate that the Susan G. Komen Foundation pulled its funding for it. There’s much to read now about this matter, by folks who are much more educated on the issue than I am.
But TRC thinks Planned Parenthood is a vital resource, and wanted to add our support. When we think about who it serves and what it does, Planned Parenthood becomes even more important, as was succinctly put by Ezra Klein:
About 80 percent of Planned Parenthood’s users are over age 20, and 75 percent have incomes below 150 percent of the poverty line. Planned Parenthood itself estimates it prevents more than 620,000 unintended pregnancies each year, and 220,000 abortions…if Planned Parenthood loses funding, what will mainly happen is that cancer screenings and contraception and STD testing will become less available to poorer people.
Here’s what Planned Parenthood does: serve women who need it, most of whom can’t afford care elsewhere.