It's hard for a breast cancer survivor to comprehend anyone intentionally taking money out of pockets for breast cancer screening. Yet, the Susan Komen Foundation has now cut its ties with Planned Parenthood, to whom they had partnered and donated hundreds of thousands of dollars annually for those screenings.
Susan Komen has come under fire in the past couple of years for their lack of actual funding "for the cure". Their barrage of all things pink has nauseated even myself as there are so many other forms of cancer that kill. I may be alone in this but I have never chosen to wear pink or anything related to it. I don't need to be a walking source of pity or constantly be reminded of my journey. I survived, I am eternally grateful and I pray that I stay healthy. That's it.
As for others who are yet to discover that they have breast cancer, regular screenings are necessary. Remember, breast cancer can and all too often does metastisize to other organs. Early detection is critical. So why have they chosen to cut their funding to Planned Parenthood? Political pressure? "Planned Parenthood says the move results from Komen bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists. Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress - a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups."
I believe this is more due to the pressure from anti-abortion activists than their Congressional investigation. Succumbing to this type of pressure is not only disappointing, but completely inappropriate. The one thing that anti abortion activists need to comprehend is the major risk that breast cancer or ANY OTHER CANCER THAT REQUIRES CHEMOTHERAPY poses is infertility. I know, the instant I started chemo, I went into early menopause.
Pro life activists I ask you: would you rather have a woman who cannot afford a breast cancer screening suffer infertility as a result of not being afforded early detection? Is this something that is considered? In the past 5 years Planned Parenthood has completed over 170,000 breast cancer screenings funded by grants from the Komen Foundation.
Susan Komen has been under close scrutiny for many other things. As recently as last summer their introduction of a perfume called "Promise Me" in a pink bottle retailed for $59.99. It was determined that $1.51 was what actually went toward funding. Not only is it insulting that a bottle of pink perfume was created by them, it's insulting that they prey on people's mentality and hope "for a cure" to buy it.
The pro life community is pleased with Komen's decision. Their stance on abortion is rigid, and those that perform them cannot be seen for any other good things they may do. Yet, I still maintain my questions regarding the results of cancer and chemotherapy. If a woman receives a screening at Planned Parenthood and is spared chemotherapy due to early detection, isn't that possibly a life saved? If she wishes to have children and is now able to cure the cancer without drugs, she will have a better chance. So yes, that is a life saved. (Studies do show that women over 40 will most likely suffer early menopause as a result. Women under 40 may still produce fertile eggs, however, this depends on the type of drug and how much is administered) Plenty of women 40 and over are still having children these days.
I am officially ending my support of the Susan Komen Foundation. I actually stopped donating to them last year when I discovered other organizations that were so sorely under funded, particularly pediatric cancer which is a whole other issue.
I'm done with pink.