Planned Parenthood Donations Soar & Score a Win for Women

woman protesting war on womenNothing short of a total firestorm has arisen from the news that the Susan G. Komen Foundation is cutting their funding to Planned Parenthood. Uber-conservatives have been acting like it's their very own New Year's Eve, turning the Susan G. Komen Facebook page into their celebratory HQ. And anyone who cares at all about women's well-being has had a perpetual scowl painted across their face for the past 48 hours. But I'm here to tell you that those of us here on the sane side of the road mustn't mourn any longer, because there's a sweet upshot to all of this! No, really.

Donors who were totally P.O.'ed by the Komen decision have donated $650+K to Planned Parenthood over the past day or so, which is nearly enough to replace last year's Komen funding, say PP execs. Amaaaaaazing! 

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As of yesterday afternoon, Planned Parenthood had raised more than $400K from more than 6,000 online donors, and of course, donations were and still are coming in. Hells yes! Not only is this a super "in-your face!" to the "pro-life" (until you're out of the womb, I suppose) powers that be, but it's also a major WIN for women.

It's a reassurance to millions of women who rely on Planned Parenthood for life-saving care such as breast cancer screenings, cervical cancer screenings (annual Paps), screenings and treatment for STDs (including HIV), general reproductive health, and birth control. It's a safety net for women who aren't getting the cancer screening they need. These donations will even go toward saving the important education that Planned Parenthood provides.

For instance, a Planned Parenthood in Southeastern Virginia had just applied for a $36K grant to educate young minority women about breast health and pay for mammograms. Because of the Komen pull-out, the SE VA affiliate faces having to reduce their education efforts and hope for replacement funds to cover the mammos. But with hope, a portion of the funds coming in right now from Planned Parenthood supporters will go in that direction -- and toward similar, inestimable programs all over the country.

No, this silver lining doesn't make Komen's move any less reprehensible. It just means women don't have to worry about losing Planned Parenthood and its wealth of valuable services. It's also pretty damn empowering and heartening to know that, despite the war on women, Planned Parenthood manages to survive and stand even stronger. 

Do you find this news reassuring? Have you ever gone to Planned Parenthood for a breast or cervical cancer screening, STD screening/treatment, birth control, or other reproductive health service?

 

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