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Planned Parenthood Saved My Life

2/2/2012 5:21:00 PM

Tags: Planned Parenthood, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, breast cancer, abortion, mind and body, Planned Parenthood Saved My Life, Danielle Magnuson

Breast cancer geraniumIn light of the divisive decision by the Susan G. Komen foundation to defund breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood, a new Tumblr has been established called Planned Parenthood Saved My Life. The stories have been pouring in and, wow, are they worth the read.

Some people might see Planned Parenthood as nothing more than a politically charged abortion clinic, but in truth it’s the sole reliable health care resource for women who don’t have insurance. Regardless of your ability to pay, the clinic doles out—without judgment or moralizing—any legal health service necessary, from paps to abortions to cancer screenings, often at no cost. Taking away nearly $1 million in Komen funding will take away the ability of many impoverished women to have their breast cancer detected at all. Hopefully no one thinks life-saving screenings should only be available to women of means or of a certain political stripe, but rather to every woman.

The personal stories on the Tumblr feed reveal an astonishing range of services and the profound lifelong effects of receiving safe, speedy, and nonjudgmental care. Planned Parenthood gave one woman a rush wellness exam so she could donate her kidney to her father, when her regular doctor didn’t have the time to squeeze her in. Her father is alive today. Many, many other women tell stories of free care and much-needed sex education provided quickly in times of dire need—experiences that turned their lives around.

Don’t miss Leena Luther’s story of how Planned Parenthood found her breast cancer. She was between jobs and without health insurance when she discovered a lump in her breast. She tried to get it checked out, “But without insurance it was hard. Specialists all needed referrals. Primary care physicians all needed insurance. I got one nibble of someone who would see me—in a few months for $400. Screw that.” Finally she turned to our nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate, Planned Parenthood:

Not only could they take me right away, the could offer me free care. They had a grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure that would pay for any breast exams, ultrasounds, and biopsies, if they proved necessary.

Unfortunately, they did prove necessary. I was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive breast cancer. Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood worked together and saved my life.

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David Anderson
2/13/2012 5:49:18 PM
Judge not lest ye be judged. Planned Parenthood does super-tons of good. Replacements fail. Guess they are doing something right, no matter how much others throw the first stone at them. They are an easy target of the modern "Pharisees". Yep, I can judge too, and wow, it hurts me and sucks. Want to truly stop abortions? Free Vasectomies on demand. Think about it, then start the campaign. Simple.

JWT MEAKIN
2/13/2012 1:19:05 AM
Fast effective affordable nonjudgmental medical care, free if you need it, is the right of everyone, male or female, young or old. Kudos to Planned Parenthood for all they do, but it shouldn't need a charity to provide it. It's your right! Don't accept anything less.

DONNA ARTHUR
2/9/2012 6:39:57 AM
It sounds like Planned Parenthood is in the midst of their own publicity drive to increase their revenues, which is something they do anyway. The fact is that there are government insurances for the poor and those in temporary need; and, many hospitals still treat anyone who needs help, and then their social service departments help the person get their state insurances, if they are very limited in income. They are also other nonprofits out there; and, even churches that will help if there is a medical emergency. If any foundations decides to discontinue making contributions to Planned Parenthood, or any other organization, that is the foundations right and their business what they choose to do with their money. Instead of Planned Parenthood being grateful for all the help they did receive from the foundation in the past, their actions come across as though they are arrogantly using this incident to try to gain sympathy from the public and other organizations and to boost their own profits. Maybe that is not Planned Parenthood's intention, but it comes across like that to me. How ungrateful Planned Parenthood is, for them to become demanding and bash the good name of the foundation that was so good to fund them as long as they did. Others do not have to believe what Planned Parenthood believes, and others do not have to pay for what Planned Parenthood believes if they don't want to. I long ago learned that every dollar I spend is a vote for what I believe. If the supporters of the foundation do not want to support something they do not believe in....abortions....through Planned Parenthood....that is certainly their prerogative not to vote for what Planned Parenthood believes that is in opposition to their own values. Again, it may not be Planned Parenthood's intent, but Planned Parenthood is coming off like opportunists with the intent of financially gaining from the original decision of the foundation to discontinue funding them. If that were my foundation, based on Planned Parenthood's seemingly opportunistic behavior, Planned Parenthood would not get another penny from me; and, that would be the end of the discussion.



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