The leading breast cancer advocacy organization, Komen Foundation has ended its decade long partnership with Planned Parenthood. The social media has gone into a frenzy and protests over the Internet are urging Komen to reconsider its decision. The debate over the decision is not restricted to only the common person; rather, officials from Komen have resigned to show their dissent and are forcing a reconsideration.
Komen Foundation – Planned Parenthood
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation is the largest breast cancer organization in the US. It was formed in 1982 and since then has invested over $2 billion in breast cancer research, advocacy, education, and health services programs in the nation. Planned Parenthood or Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPAF) is a non-profit organization that provides reproductive health, maternal as well a child health services. The organization is the largest provider of reproductive health services including contraceptives, abortions and others.
Criticism over Decision from All Quarters
The complaints are overflowing through social media and outside. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York echoed the sentiments of hundreds of women across the nation when he stated that there should be no politics in health care, that breast cancer screening saved lives, and thousands of women relied on Planned Parenthood for the same.
Even though, Nancy G. Brinker, Komen’s founder and chief executive, asserted that politics or abortion had nothing to do with the decision, it was in contradiction to comments rendered by board members and top officials at Komen.
Amidst, threats of resignations, withdrawal of support for fund-raising events, mounting pressure from women, protests across social media, Komen might just have to reconsider its decision.
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