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Dear people

thisgingersnapsback:

nikosnature:

who think diseases with zero percent survival rates are justification for abortions, do you know what else has a zero percent survival rate?  Life. 

Sincerely,

A living human being who does not like the logical conclusions of your argument

You should be ashamed of yourself, using “logic” in a statement that you so brutally ruined with stupidity.

because apparently quality of life is unimportant

that does explain why so many pro-lifers don’t care if actual children starve because their mothers can’t afford to raise them tho

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18 Aug 12
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bebinn:

Anti-choicers have been running a campaign to force prochoicetruth off Tumblr. They found their name, the school they attend, and the year they’re in. Prochoicetruth has also been receiving horrific rape and death threats, and have decided to take a break from Tumblr.
The harassment and threats are supported by oh-snap-pro-lifers and, I would expect, by a number of other anti-choice bloggers as well.
So next time an anti-choicer whines about getting insults or cursing in their inbox, remember that you don’t even have to work at a clinic to have your life put in danger by anti-choice terrorists.



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bebinn:

Anti-choicers have been running a campaign to force prochoicetruth off Tumblr. They found their name, the school they attend, and the year they’re in. Prochoicetruth has also been receiving horrific rape and death threats, and have decided to take a break from Tumblr.

The harassment and threats are supported by oh-snap-pro-lifers and, I would expect, by a number of other anti-choice bloggers as well.

So next time an anti-choicer whines about getting insults or cursing in their inbox, remember that you don’t even have to work at a clinic to have your life put in danger by anti-choice terrorists.

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29 Apr 12
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xbrittany-x:

yarnlass:

restlesshippo:

Men and Abortion
“It is time for men who have suffered from post-abortion syndrome to be allowed to address their grief and move toward healing in this area of their lives.”

Pfffff

This post and people’s reaction to it really bothers me. Really pisses me off to be honest. Pro choice is fine but stop acting like women are the only one affected by abortions. My father’s ex wife aborted his baby when they were together. She’s the one that decided to have sex without taking her birth control. She’s the one that had sex without him wearing a condom. She got pregnant. He was excited, he was elated. He didn’t think he could have children. Then she aborted it out of spite because she was angry with him after an argument and he was absolutely devastated. So shut the fuck up with your closed minded “Pfff”s and your “blah blah blah”s because this post/article isn’t just about being pro-life or regretting that you pressured your girlfriend into an abortion. It’s also about finding help for men like my father who were with women who used the fact that they could abort the child as leverage rather than having a real reason to have an abortion. My dad never got help and he never recovered from that blow so I support this group 100 fucking percent.

Post-abortion syndrome isn’t real.  Sorry that your dad was looking forward to being a dad, but it was his ex-wife’s body, his ex-wife’s choice.  Any reason for having an abortion is a valid reason.  Besides, looks like your dad had another chance down the line to be a dad with you.

xbrittany-x:

yarnlass:

restlesshippo:

Men and Abortion

“It is time for men who have suffered from post-abortion syndrome to be allowed to address their grief and move toward healing in this area of their lives.”

Pfffff

This post and people’s reaction to it really bothers me. Really pisses me off to be honest. Pro choice is fine but stop acting like women are the only one affected by abortions. My father’s ex wife aborted his baby when they were together. She’s the one that decided to have sex without taking her birth control. She’s the one that had sex without him wearing a condom. She got pregnant. He was excited, he was elated. He didn’t think he could have children. Then she aborted it out of spite because she was angry with him after an argument and he was absolutely devastated. So shut the fuck up with your closed minded “Pfff”s and your “blah blah blah”s because this post/article isn’t just about being pro-life or regretting that you pressured your girlfriend into an abortion. It’s also about finding help for men like my father who were with women who used the fact that they could abort the child as leverage rather than having a real reason to have an abortion. My dad never got help and he never recovered from that blow so I support this group 100 fucking percent.

Post-abortion syndrome isn’t real.  Sorry that your dad was looking forward to being a dad, but it was his ex-wife’s body, his ex-wife’s choice.  Any reason for having an abortion is a valid reason.  Besides, looks like your dad had another chance down the line to be a dad with you.

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racetothestoneage:

fuckyeahsexeducation:

So it hit me after seeing two more articles on horrible anti-choice legislation being past I realized all of the states doing this surround my state. I hadn’t really thought about it, because I didn’t ever see Arkansas mentioned in any news. Then I remembered no one cares about Arkansas and probably wouldn’t post any news about it on tumblr. So then I looked up the laws in Arkansas. They are trying to pass a personhood law here but so far there hasn’t been much success (thankfully). They are also trying to pass the law for mandatory Transvaginal ultrasounds, at least 24 hours before getting an abortion. Then I found the full list of current Arkansas abortion laws.

1. Arkansas never repealed its Pre-Roe vs. Wade ban on abortion. It’s unenforceable but still there.

2. Arkansas outlaws a safe second-trimester abortion procedure with no exception to protect a woman’s health.  Ark. Code Ann. Arkansas’ law makes the provision of certain previability, second-trimester abortion procedures a felony, unless necessary to preserve the woman’s life.

3. A woman may not obtain an abortion until the attending physician, referring physician, or physician’s agent tells her during a consultation that may be provided by telephone and must be by means other than a tape recording:  (1) the medical risks of the proposed procedure; (2) the probable gestational age of the fetus; (3) the medical risks associated with carrying the pregnancy to term; and (4) the name of the physician who will provide the abortion.  This information must be given prior to and in no event on the same day as the abortion. In addition, prior to and in no event on the same day as the abortion, the woman must receive a state-mandated lecture by the attending physician, referring physician, or physician’s agent, in person or by telephone, which may be provided by a tape recording, that must include:  (1) that medical assistance benefits may be available for prenatal care, childbirth, and neonatal care; (2) that the “father” is liable for child support even if he has offered to pay for the abortion; (3) that she has the option to review state-prepared materials, in printed or electronic form, that describe the fetus and list agencies that offer alternatives to abortion; and (4) that if she chooses to view the state-prepared materials in printed form, they shall be mailed to her by a method chosen by her and that if she chooses to view them via the internet, she shall be informed of the internet website address prior to and in no event on the same day as the abortion. 

The state-prepared materials must:  (1) describe with realistic and appropriate pictures or drawings the probable anatomical and physiological characteristics of the fetus at two-week gestational increments from the time when a woman can be known to be pregnant to full term, including the possibility of survival; (2) provide a comprehensive list of geographically indexed public and private agencies and services, including adoption agencies, to assist women through pregnancy, upon childbirth, and while the child is dependent, including contact information, or include a toll-free 24-hour telephone number that may be called to obtain the list orally; and (3) describe, with objective information, the commonly employed abortion methods, including medical risks, the “possible detrimental psychological effects” of abortion, and the medical risks associated with carrying a pregnancy to term.  The state-prepared materials include enlarged color photographs of fetuses.Arkansas law also requires all abortion providers who use ultrasound equipment in the provision of abortion services to tell women that they may view an ultrasound image of their “unborn child,” and to place a signed acceptance or refusal in a woman’s medical file for three (3) years.  

4. No state funds appropriated to the Department of Health shall be used for abortion referrals or abortion services in public schools.

5. Certain state employee insurance plans prohibit coverage of abortion, with an exception only to save a woman’s life. Amendment 68 of the Arkansas Constitution prohibits the use of public funds to pay for abortion care, with an exception only to save a woman’s life.   Another lawsuit based on Amendment 68  sought to prohibit Pulaski County from continuing to offer employee health-insurance coverage for abortion in cases of rape and incest.  

6. No person may be required to participate in medical procedures that result in an abortion.  No hospital, hospital director, or governing board may be required to permit abortion services within its institution.  The refusal to participate or permit may not be a basis for civil liability or other recriminatory action. Arkansas allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide contraceptive procedures, supplies, or information.Although Arkansas law requires health-insurance plans that cover prescription medication to provide equitable coverage for contraception, certain employers and/or insurers may require that their plans exclude coverage for contraception.rkansas allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to perform or participate in sterilization procedures.

7. Arkansas prohibits public funding for abortion for women eligible for state medical assistance for general health care unless the provider obtains prior authorization and the procedure is necessary to preserve the woman’s life, or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.  

8. Arkansas’ post-viability restriction states that no abortion may be provided after viability unless necessary to preserve the woman’s life or health or if a minor’s pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.  A fetus shall be presumed not to be viable prior to the end of the 25th week of pregnancy.  The physician must use the available method most likely to preserve the life and health of the fetus unless it poses a greater risk to the woman’s life or health than another available method.  


yeah. So keep in mind while we’re talking about all the horrible stuff going on in other states that it’s going on in Arkansas too, but no one’s actually talking about it.

I don’t know if it’s fair for me to give points for not repealing the abortion ban from pro-Roe v. Wade (this blog pretty much deals with stuff in the 21st century), but the rest of it’s fair game for +15s, I think. (This will cause a huge jump in the standings for Arkansas.)

FUCK ARKANSAS

FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK.

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11 Feb 12
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Yep basically

Yep basically

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Why Susan G. Komen Yanked Planned Parenthood’s Funding

feministhistorian:

hotsportsopinions:

Pro-“life” activists are like cancer: they’re ubiquitous, often go undetected until their damage is irreversible, and heartbreakingly detrimental to women’s health.

Which is why it’s so mind-blowing that one of the country’s most powerful and well-known cancer charities has teamed up with pro-life activists to deny women lifesaving breast cancer screenings.  

Ugh.  For real, buttholes?  I would be irate if I wasn’t so used to this bullshit.

When news first broke that the Susan G Koman foundation yanked breast cancer screening funding from Planned Parenthood, people were dumbfounded.  Huh/What/Why/How?  What were they thinking?  Why would they do that?  How could anyone have a problem with Planned Parenthood providing breast cancer screenings?  But to understand how something like this could happen, you have to understand the pro-life movement, which is at the heart of the split.

I’ve worked in the reproductive rights field for over ten years and I know more about pro-life activists than they know about themselves.  I have spent hundreds of thousands of hours studying their materials, debating them, dodging their attacks, and, yes, secretly helping them get abortions and birth control behind their community’s back (it happens more than you think).  I know a thing or two about the true motive of the anti-choice movement, and I promise you this:

It has absolutely nothing to do with saving babies or helping women.  Nothing.

The core of the anti-choice movement’s mission is to maintain and increase the negative consequences of sex, mostly for women.  Let me repeat that: they want sex to have as many repercussions as possible.  Their main enemy isn’t abortion, it’s any type of sexuality that doesn’t conform to their impossibly narrow standards of acceptability (within the confines of heterosexual, Christian marriage, and only for the sake of procreation).  It’s the fact that scientific advancements and increasingly progressive social policies have made it more difficult to control women’s sexuality through the fear of STDs, HIV, or unwanted pregnancies.  They view those natural by-products of sex as punishments that sluts deserve for daring to feel entitled to sexual pleasure (like real human beings, with rights and everything!).  They long for the days where the consequences of sex were totally unavoidable and used to oppress and constrain women, confine them to the home, keep them financially and socially dependent on men, enforce chastity and compliance to gender norms, and rob them of their sexuality, and therefore, humanity.  

If pro-life activists really cared about public health and stopping abortion and saving the precious widdle babies, if they were truly pro-life, then they would support policies and scientific advancements that prevent abortion and, you know, actually save lives.  They would promote the use of contraceptives, and fight to make them as cheap and accessible as possible.  They would support evidence-based sex education that includes medically-accurate information on birth control and STD prevention.  They would support the widespread distribution of condoms.  They would support HIV/AIDS research.  They would support the HPV vaccine, which guards against an STD that causes cancer.  They would support financial assistance for women who cannot afford pre and postnatal care.  They would support organizations like Planned Parenthood.  But they don’t.  They virulently oppose all of these things with a vicious, fiery passion because it’s not about the babies and it’s not about health - it’s about the sex and the women who have it.  They hate sex more than they love mankind.  They hate sex more than they care about stopping abortion.  They are terrible, horrible, no good, very bad people with disturbingly uncalibrated moral compasses, and the Komen/Planned Parenthood breakup is just another typical, calculated step in their war on women.  They’re not even trying to hide it anymore. 

So how did it all happen?  Well obviously, for reasons detailed above, anti-choice activists despise Planned Parenthood, because it represents everything they oppose: it’s an organization dedicated to providing low-to-no cost reproductive health care and education which enables typically marginalized people to live sexually free and healthy lives.  Eliminating Planned Parenthood is the main goal of the pro-life movement, and one of their primary tactics is to mercilesslyterrorize any company, person, or organization who supports, helps, works for, or collaborates with Planned Parenthood.  Enter Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Komen has been coordinating with Planned Parenthood to bring breast exams, cancer screening, and education and awareness to low-income women since 2005, and as long as this partnership has existed, anti-choice groups have been bullying Komen to sever it (though Komen enthusiastically defended its work with Planned Parenthood as recently as 2011).  You would hope that even the most pro-life organization would support a Planned Parenthood/Komen partnership that does nothing but expand access to breast cancer screening for the most at-risk women, but that’s simply too logical and too compassionate for those spiteful little shits.

The truth is anti-choice organizations want to prevent Planned Parenthood from providing breast exams because doing so removes a universally defensible and morally unambiguous service from Planned Parenthood’s list of other more controversial offerings, therefore helping to validate the asinine anti-choice lie that Planned Parenthood is all about Teh Abortionz.  As it stands, abortion only accounts for THREE PERCENT of Planned Parenthood’s total services, and many Planned Parenthood medical centers (and some entire affiliates) don’t even offer abortion, but these people have never been big fans of the truth.  Pro-lifers hate Planned Parenthood so much they want it to exclusively provide abortions, because that would make its detractors legitimate baby-saving angels, rather than hysterical shitstorms of crazy, anti-sex, anti-woman, anti-science tamponheads.  Morally proselytizing and being right trumps any concern for public health.

Basically, they hate Planned Parenthood more than they hate cancer.  And they care about being a pain in Planned Parenthood’s ass more than saving people’s lives.

So what we have here is the very expected result of an extended, relentless, calculated attack on Komen and Planned Parenthood’s partnership, not to mention the infiltration of the organization’s upper-management by anti-choice activists and politicians.  The split isn’t new or sudden: this is Komen finally caving to anti-choice bullies, some of whom actually hold influential positions on its senior staff and board.

(I’m also not entirely surprised about Komen’s decision because I’ve never considered them to be a shining example of responsiblephilanthropy to begin with.  Considering that, even after years of frantic donation-seeking and walk-for-the-curing and pink-ribboning everything in sight, cancer rates have risen, only 24% of Komen funds actually go to research, they spend more than a million dollars in donor money each year suing small charities who use the phrase “For the Cure,” and frequentlypartner with companies who don’t exactlyprioritizehealth, one has to wonder if Komen is more committed to their own pocketbooks than they are to actually stomping out breast cancer.  And Komen’s CEO earns a salary that is nearly double that of the average oncologist.  But I digress.)

Komen, of course, is denying what is almost offensively obvious to everyone else, claiming that Planned Parenthood’s funding elimination is merely the result of a recently adapted policy which prohibits administering grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state, or federal authorities.  And because Planned Parenthood is currently the victim of a baseless “Congressional inquiry” by Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), a conservative republican who’s being enthusiastically fellated by powerful anti-choice extremists, it’s now conveniently ineligible for Komen funds under this new protocol.  However, Stearns’ investigation has been widely discredited as a wasteful, retaliatory, politically-motivated witch hunt inspired by yet another failed attempt at defunding Planned Parenthood earlier last year, and is expected to yield no evidence of wrongdoing.  And it’s important to distinguish that this inquiry is not equivalent to a legal or criminal investigation - any Congressperson can up and launch such an investigation, no matter how unfounded their suspicions or dubious their motives may be.

One can hope that once Stearn’s inquiry is dismissed, funds to Planned Parenthood would be restored.  But if Komen maintains this new policy (which seems to exclusively affect Planned Parenthood), I expect they’ll continue to encounter the same roadblock.  As we know all too well, the next political attack on Planned Parenthood is likely around the corner.  Not because Planned Parenthood actually does anything that legitimately warrants these investigations, mind you, but because there is no shortage of politicians eager to waste taxpayer dollars by pandering to anti-choice terrorists and making a big, dick-swinging show out of waging a frivolous, ideological war against an organization that affords poor and underserved communities the same ability to manage the consequences of sex that rich people have always had.

The silver lining in all of this, thin as it may be, is that hopefully people will grow more skeptical of “pinkwashing” and the Breast Cancer Industrial Complex, which folks have historically been frustratingly hesitant to scrutinize.  This whole clusterfuck has also significantly increased awareness of Planned Parenthood’s lesser-known services, and maybe women will be reminded to stay on top of their breast health, whether they go to a Planned Parenthood medical center or not.

Final analysis: everyone involved in the removal of Planned Parenthood’s breast exam funding should be ashamed of yourselves.  Anti-choice activists, we expect this from you.  You have never cared about women’s health.  In fact, you actively campaign against it.  You’re ridiculous, Megratron2000 assholes, we’ve covered that, we know it, shut up and go home.  But for a organization that claims their entire purpose is saving women’s lives to not only side with such decidedly anti-women, anti-life forces, but actually yank critical services from the hands of the most vulnerable women in America is abhorrent.  Susan G. Komen for the Cure Politically Motivated Witholding of Funds for Lifesaving Breast Exams, you thought this was a minor, defensible decision that would fly under the radar without much of a sniffle.  You thought you’d get a nice pat on the back from anti-choice organizations and maybe a few more donations, and nobody else would really care.  But you’re already finding out how devastatingly wrong you were.

Because here’s the bottom line: 

When you fuck with Planned Parenthood, you fuck with a passionate and dedicated and MASSIVE family.  You fuck with the 1 in 4 American women who have depended on Planned Parenthood for medical care in their lifetime.  You fuck with the five million women, men, and teens who receive healthcare and education from 800 Planned Parenthood medical centers every year.  You fuck with the doctors, nurses, clinicians, sex educators, cancer educators, nutrition counselors, midwives, teen advocates, patients, donors, supporters, politicians, activists, clinic escorts, and volunteers who work for, go to, and defend Planned Parenthood, and know exactly how critical and amazing it is.

When you fuck with Planned Parenthood, when you fuck with access to cancer screening, you fuck with all of us.

And you’ve made a huge mistake.

Long but a must read.

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Why Susan G. Komen Yanked Planned Parenthood’s Funding

feministhistorian:

hotsportsopinions:

Pro-“life” activists are like cancer: they’re ubiquitous, often go undetected until their damage is irreversible, and heartbreakingly detrimental to women’s health.

Which is why it’s so mind-blowing that one of the country’s most powerful and well-known cancer charities has teamed up with pro-life activists to deny women lifesaving breast cancer screenings.  

Ugh.  For real, buttholes?  I would be irate if I wasn’t so used to this bullshit.

When news first broke that the Susan G Koman foundation yanked breast cancer screening funding from Planned Parenthood, people were dumbfounded.  Huh/What/Why/How?  What were they thinking?  Why would they do that?  How could anyone have a problem with Planned Parenthood providing breast cancer screenings?  But to understand how something like this could happen, you have to understand the pro-life movement, which is at the heart of the split.

I’ve worked in the reproductive rights field for over ten years and I know more about pro-life activists than they know about themselves.  I have spent hundreds of thousands of hours studying their materials, debating them, dodging their attacks, and, yes, secretly helping them get abortions and birth control behind their community’s back (it happens more than you think).  I know a thing or two about the true motive of the anti-choice movement, and I promise you this:

It has absolutely nothing to do with saving babies or helping women.  Nothing.

The core of the anti-choice movement’s mission is to maintain and increase the negative consequences of sex, mostly for women.  Let me repeat that: they want sex to have as many repercussions as possible.  Their main enemy isn’t abortion, it’s any type of sexuality that doesn’t conform to their impossibly narrow standards of acceptability (within the confines of heterosexual, Christian marriage, and only for the sake of procreation).  It’s the fact that scientific advancements and increasingly progressive social policies have made it more difficult to control women’s sexuality through the fear of STDs, HIV, or unwanted pregnancies.  They view those natural by-products of sex as punishments that sluts deserve for daring to feel entitled to sexual pleasure (like real human beings, with rights and everything!).  They long for the days where the consequences of sex were totally unavoidable and used to oppress and constrain women, confine them to the home, keep them financially and socially dependent on men, enforce chastity and compliance to gender norms, and rob them of their sexuality, and therefore, humanity.  

If pro-life activists really cared about public health and stopping abortion and saving the precious widdle babies, if they were truly pro-life, then they would support policies and scientific advancements that prevent abortion and, you know, actually save lives.  They would promote the use of contraceptives, and fight to make them as cheap and accessible as possible.  They would support evidence-based sex education that includes medically-accurate information on birth control and STD prevention.  They would support the widespread distribution of condoms.  They would support HIV/AIDS research.  They would support the HPV vaccine, which guards against an STD that causes cancer.  They would support financial assistance for women who cannot afford pre and postnatal care.  They would support organizations like Planned Parenthood.  But they don’t.  They virulently oppose all of these things with a vicious, fiery passion because it’s not about the babies and it’s not about health - it’s about the sex and the women who have it.  They hate sex more than they love mankind.  They hate sex more than they care about stopping abortion.  They are terrible, horrible, no good, very bad people with disturbingly uncalibrated moral compasses, and the Komen/Planned Parenthood breakup is just another typical, calculated step in their war on women.  They’re not even trying to hide it anymore. 

So how did it all happen?  Well obviously, for reasons detailed above, anti-choice activists despise Planned Parenthood, because it represents everything they oppose: it’s an organization dedicated to providing low-to-no cost reproductive health care and education which enables typically marginalized people to live sexually free and healthy lives.  Eliminating Planned Parenthood is the main goal of the pro-life movement, and one of their primary tactics is to mercilesslyterrorize any company, person, or organization who supports, helps, works for, or collaborates with Planned Parenthood.  Enter Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Komen has been coordinating with Planned Parenthood to bring breast exams, cancer screening, and education and awareness to low-income women since 2005, and as long as this partnership has existed, anti-choice groups have been bullying Komen to sever it (though Komen enthusiastically defended its work with Planned Parenthood as recently as 2011).  You would hope that even the most pro-life organization would support a Planned Parenthood/Komen partnership that does nothing but expand access to breast cancer screening for the most at-risk women, but that’s simply too logical and too compassionate for those spiteful little shits.

The truth is anti-choice organizations want to prevent Planned Parenthood from providing breast exams because doing so removes a universally defensible and morally unambiguous service from Planned Parenthood’s list of other more controversial offerings, therefore helping to validate the asinine anti-choice lie that Planned Parenthood is all about Teh Abortionz.  As it stands, abortion only accounts for THREE PERCENT of Planned Parenthood’s total services, and many Planned Parenthood medical centers (and some entire affiliates) don’t even offer abortion, but these people have never been big fans of the truth.  Pro-lifers hate Planned Parenthood so much they want it to exclusively provide abortions, because that would make its detractors legitimate baby-saving angels, rather than hysterical shitstorms of crazy, anti-sex, anti-woman, anti-science tamponheads.  Morally proselytizing and being right trumps any concern for public health.

Basically, they hate Planned Parenthood more than they hate cancer.  And they care about being a pain in Planned Parenthood’s ass more than saving people’s lives.

So what we have here is the very expected result of an extended, relentless, calculated attack on Komen and Planned Parenthood’s partnership, not to mention the infiltration of the organization’s upper-management by anti-choice activists and politicians.  The split isn’t new or sudden: this is Komen finally caving to anti-choice bullies, some of whom actually hold influential positions on its senior staff and board.

(I’m also not entirely surprised about Komen’s decision because I’ve never considered them to be a shining example of responsiblephilanthropy to begin with.  Considering that, even after years of frantic donation-seeking and walk-for-the-curing and pink-ribboning everything in sight, cancer rates have risen, only 24% of Komen funds actually go to research, they spend more than a million dollars in donor money each year suing small charities who use the phrase “For the Cure,” and frequentlypartner with companies who don’t exactlyprioritizehealth, one has to wonder if Komen is more committed to their own pocketbooks than they are to actually stomping out breast cancer.  And Komen’s CEO earns a salary that is nearly double that of the average oncologist.  But I digress.)

Komen, of course, is denying what is almost offensively obvious to everyone else, claiming that Planned Parenthood’s funding elimination is merely the result of a recently adapted policy which prohibits administering grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state, or federal authorities.  And because Planned Parenthood is currently the victim of a baseless “Congressional inquiry” by Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), a conservative republican who’s being enthusiastically fellated by powerful anti-choice extremists, it’s now conveniently ineligible for Komen funds under this new protocol.  However, Stearns’ investigation has been widely discredited as a wasteful, retaliatory, politically-motivated witch hunt inspired by yet another failed attempt at defunding Planned Parenthood earlier last year, and is expected to yield no evidence of wrongdoing.  And it’s important to distinguish that this inquiry is not equivalent to a legal or criminal investigation - any Congressperson can up and launch such an investigation, no matter how unfounded their suspicions or dubious their motives may be.

One can hope that once Stearn’s inquiry is dismissed, funds to Planned Parenthood would be restored.  But if Komen maintains this new policy (which seems to exclusively affect Planned Parenthood), I expect they’ll continue to encounter the same roadblock.  As we know all too well, the next political attack on Planned Parenthood is likely around the corner.  Not because Planned Parenthood actually does anything that legitimately warrants these investigations, mind you, but because there is no shortage of politicians eager to waste taxpayer dollars by pandering to anti-choice terrorists and making a big, dick-swinging show out of waging a frivolous, ideological war against an organization that affords poor and underserved communities the same ability to manage the consequences of sex that rich people have always had.

The silver lining in all of this, thin as it may be, is that hopefully people will grow more skeptical of “pinkwashing” and the Breast Cancer Industrial Complex, which folks have historically been frustratingly hesitant to scrutinize.  This whole clusterfuck has also significantly increased awareness of Planned Parenthood’s lesser-known services, and maybe women will be reminded to stay on top of their breast health, whether they go to a Planned Parenthood medical center or not.

Final analysis: everyone involved in the removal of Planned Parenthood’s breast exam funding should be ashamed of yourselves.  Anti-choice activists, we expect this from you.  You have never cared about women’s health.  In fact, you actively campaign against it.  You’re ridiculous, Megratron2000 assholes, we’ve covered that, we know it, shut up and go home.  But for a organization that claims their entire purpose is saving women’s lives to not only side with such decidedly anti-women, anti-life forces, but actually yank critical services from the hands of the most vulnerable women in America is abhorrent.  Susan G. Komen for the Cure Politically Motivated Witholding of Funds for Lifesaving Breast Exams, you thought this was a minor, defensible decision that would fly under the radar without much of a sniffle.  You thought you’d get a nice pat on the back from anti-choice organizations and maybe a few more donations, and nobody else would really care.  But you’re already finding out how devastatingly wrong you were.

Because here’s the bottom line: 

When you fuck with Planned Parenthood, you fuck with a passionate and dedicated and MASSIVE family.  You fuck with the 1 in 4 American women who have depended on Planned Parenthood for medical care in their lifetime.  You fuck with the five million women, men, and teens who receive healthcare and education from 800 Planned Parenthood medical centers every year.  You fuck with the doctors, nurses, clinicians, sex educators, cancer educators, nutrition counselors, midwives, teen advocates, patients, donors, supporters, politicians, activists, clinic escorts, and volunteers who work for, go to, and defend Planned Parenthood, and know exactly how critical and amazing it is.

When you fuck with Planned Parenthood, when you fuck with access to cancer screening, you fuck with all of us.

And you’ve made a huge mistake.

Long but a must read.

(via prochoicegeneration)

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