This last week was powerful for women. I was shocked when I first read that Susan G. Komen — an organization that I have supported for as long as I can remember — made a decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood. I am not going to turn this into a political conversation because I actually don’t think it’s necessary. It doesn’t matter if I am pro-life or pro-choice, what matters is that I am pro-women. I believe that all women deserve access to quality health care regardless of their socioeconomic situation or if they are privileged enough to have good health coverage. I was upset with Komen because their decision was decidedly anti-women — against their mission to protect and care for all women as well as the beliefs of the majority of their supporters. This decision would strip funding from Planned Parenthood clinics that provide care where most doctors wouldn’t dream of having an office. 97% of the care provided by PP prevents cancers, provides annual exams, birth control, and health information, as well as supporting women when they are pregnant by making sure that women receive essential pre-natal care. Millions of women use PP for these very important and life-saving services and the funds provided by Komen are essential in providing this care.
I am happy that Komen apologized and the funding has been restored through this year, and I continue to hope that this begins a dialogue about how to advance women’s rights and health care in our country.