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What To Tell My Daughters

The decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to change their grant giving policy angered me.  When they reversed their decision I was pleased however, the damage has been done to my spirit and I don't think I can get over the hurt and confusion they've caused.  My blind trust that Susan G. Komen for the Cure wasn't political, that it cared for the health of all women, has been destroyed. 

I support Planned Parenthood.  I'm not being political, I'm being a woman who, when unable to afford health insurance, went to Planned Parenthood for my health care.  They were my kind doctors that helped me get well.  I'm not ashamed.

When I first heard about Komen's decision I was confused.  I understand not giving grants to organizations that have a Federal investigation placed on them however, Penn State also has a Federal investigation pending yet they weren't on the chopping block for their money. 

I thought if I were to continue supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure; walking annually in Race For The Cure with my sister, my mother, my daughters; wearing pink ribbons and donating when I can, then the person who agreed to this policy needs to go.  So yesterday's announcement that V.P. Karen Handel  resigned should have been enough for me, right?  Well, not when I heard about her background.

Karen Handel ran for Governor of Georgia in 2010.  And part of her campaign was advocating the defunding of Planned Parenthood.  Oh really? One of the largest women's health organizations hire's someone who has a background of wanting to end funding for a women's health center?  What?!?  What ever your personal beliefs are, I get down to the black and white of it, not funding a women's health center means not supporting women.  That's it.  Supporting women's health with "conditions" is not cool.

My daughters see all the news about Susan G. Komen and naturally start thinking of the next walk.  "So, when do we sign up?", they ask.  I can't give them an answer right now.  I'm not clear on my feelings.  My girls and I talk about what's going on and my 14 year old seems as confused as I am.  We drop the decision about the walk.  

As it stands for me, Susan G. Komen for the Cure knew Karen Handel's history when they hired her.  They don't get to hide behind "the issue is over because she no longer works for us."  They knew, they hired her, they made a decision that wasn't popular, they reversed it.  I would love to know what conversations led to Karen Handel's resignation.  Perhaps Ms. Handel feels she lost the 2010 election in Georgia because she didn't have the full backing of pro-life groups and, if she tries again, she'll get it now.


This whole situation is so flippin' messed up it hurts.  Keep your politics away from my body!  I am pro-woman.  I am pro-health care, whatever your health care decisions may be.  I support women.


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8 comments:

  1. I hadn't heard about this until now. I to have walked in the walks before my accident. Then after the accident I've done one but it was via a wheelchair. I have a few issues with Planned Parenthood but only a few. I have seen the good it has done as well. I've seen my friends who didn't have any healthcare coverage go there and get their physicals and what not. I was recommended for a position at a local Planned Parenthood a couple years back and I had to turn it down. It was a counselor position. I would of been counseling woman on whether or not to get an abortion. Since I am against abortion I couldn't take the job. I hate seeing all the bitterness around Planned Parenthood because like you said it has done a lot of good for a lot of women you haven't had the coverage and needed something medically. It's a tough one.

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  2. I don't see anything wrong at all with your post. It's your opinion and I happen to agree with it. You should hear my husbands opinion on Susan G Komen. It would most definitely be unpopular. O_O I'm glad you decided to post this blog and let your feelings out. Hugs

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    1. I appreciate your support (prior to my post) with all of my heart MaryBeth.

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  3. I heard about the initial controversy because my SIL has breast cancer and her (along with my entire family) have been very supportive of Susan G. Komen. She was infuriated when she heard the news and let us all know what was going on. It is inconceivable to me that they would hire this person and give her the clout to make such a huge and damaging decision.
    Unbelievable.

    I won't look at the organization in the same trusting light.

    Great post!

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    1. Thank you Kim. (And thanks for your encouragement before I posted!)

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  4. I too relied on Planned Parenthood for medical care when I was in College. Access (through them) to birth control meant I never had to make a tough decision on abortion. Komen should be free to hire people from differing political perspectives than mine, even Karen Handel. What they don't have any right to do is take the money that was donated on the backs of women, family and friends who have faced this terrible disease and make political decisions with our money. What I do have a problem with is Karen Handel coming out yesterday and saying PP is the one making this political ... pleeeeazze... If you want to support the cause of finding a cure for breast cancer, I would suggest you look at working with your girls to find innovative ways to raise money and then donate it to a breast cancer charity that is truly dedicated to finding a cure (not leaning and spending 35% of it's money on old programs -- e.g. awareness -- trust me ... people are now aware). http://www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/ is one I've been watching and may be worth a look.

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    1. Thank you Lisa! I will look into http://www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org/.

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