Just after 10am ET this morning, the Susan G. Komen For The Cure released an announcement changing their funding criteria for grants to fight breast cancer. The announcement came after strong response by women online and off, for and against the news that Susan G. Komen was ending funding to Planned Parenthood. BlogHer has reached out to the Komen foundation for an interview, and understands that their offices have been flooded with calls for comment. We will keep reaching out to Susan G.
I know women who have had abortions. I know women who got pregnant as teenagers and decided to keep and raise their children. I know women who are now moms because the birth mother gave their child up for adoption. I know women who have used birth control to combat acne, irregular periods, searing cramps, and chronic tension headaches.There is a difference between being pro-choice and pro-abortion....more
Five years ago in August, I took off my bra and felt a lump on my right breast. I wasn't a regular self examiner, so I wasn't sure if it was just a fibroid because my breasts are dense and lumpy and I've felt things before. But for some reason this seemed different to me. I asked my hubby to take a look and a feel and tell me what he thought.
His face said it all. "You should go get that checked out right away."...more
The decision by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to withdraw its support of Planned Parenthood has caused quite an uproar among those both for and against the foundation’s action. The general consensus of the pro-life group is that Planned Parenthood funds abortions, and therefore should not be supported in any way by Susan G. Komen or any other organization – or the government, for that matter....more
During 2011, politicians, commentators, and others have spent considerable time throwing disparaging remarks at Planned Parenthood, usually including wild claims distorting the proportional mix of the services it provides....more
Yup, that's right. And I'm hopping mad. This past week, all but two of the Planned Parenthood offices in Arizona were forced to stop providing abortion services. The two that remain are in the biggest urban areas in the state, leaving the majority of women in Arizona out of possibilities that are safe and convenient.
Injecting conservative values into the cultural mainstream is a battle, especially for women’s issues in popular, female-geared media like magazines. Liberal ideology has attracted the female presidential vote—and the female magazine—for years. For most of these crusaders and publications, “women’s issues” comes down to one issue: abortion.
This post is cross-posted from my blog, Build Peace, which is participating in a blog carnival today organized by two Hoosier-based blogs, What Tami Said and Shakesville in support of Planned Parenthood which as you know is under siege from Right Wing extremists. Check out the Blog Carnival here. ...more
Once upon a time in a land far away there lived a girl named, well, Me. During a walk after an argument with her mom, Me met a boy named He. He approached her from across the street, hoping that she would take a moment to enjoy a conversation with him. She did. Not because she found him attractive, but because in the chaos of her 15-year-old life, Me was often looking for attention of some kind. She felt lonely, and unloved, and unpretty. She never fit in in her neighborhood, and even when she tried to, she could only pretend for so long. But when He stopped her, Me felt for the first time that she was not invisible. They talked for hours, walking in secluded areas of woods and rocks. He suggested that they sit and he spread his jacket on the ground, offering Me a clean place to relax. Soon the talking turned to kissing which turned to touching and then to sex. And suddenly, Me was thrust into a 3 year relationship of fights with her mom, running away, almost flunking out of school, weed, drinking, and depression. He made her feel loved in a way that no one ever did before. He filled a void of abandonment and hate. And despite the fact that they had nothing in common, they forged a bond that Me knew was tight yet severely flawed. She knew that while college awaited her, for him education was a mystery– a secret spoken of only in the unrealistic world of Heathcliff Huxtable. Her litigation dreams and his impoverished nightmares did not mesh, but He loved Me and she wanted that love so much. Soon, she stopped fighting when he rejected protection for fear that he would disappear leaving her to fade away, lost in the shadow of disdain....more
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