Susan G. Komen Releases Statement, Changes Criteria For Grants To Fight Breast Cancer

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. ...more
What will you do if this happen to you

under the pink

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

Why I Will Fight for Susan G. Komen: A Survivor's Perspective

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
@ANDREA42 Thank you so much Andrea, and nice to meet you! This month, I am a five year survivor. ...more

Planned Parenthood and Susan G Komen - the Politics of Women's Health

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

Planned Parenthood: an idea worth defending.

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
@alienbody You are welcome... I attended a launch for and ...more

A 21st Century Look at a 20th Century Abortion Law

 21 Weeks ...more

Pro-Life Politicians are More Interested in Pushing Their Own Moral Agenda Than Protecting Women's Health

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. ...more

A Culture War Against Conservative Women

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. ...more
Call it what you want... But delivering all but the baby's head, then stabbing that baby at the ...more

My Planned Parenthood Story: I'm Participating in This Blogging Event Today, and You Can Too!

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

Pro Choice: A right; a necessity

 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