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Pro-life: this word does not mean what you think it means 
2nd-Feb-2012 07:24 pm
The Susan G. Komen Foundation has decided that its principles force it to deny cancer screenings to poor women. Of course, their CEO makes over $450,000 a year, so maybe they don't realize how vital Planned Parenthood service are to women who not only can't afford basic healthcare, but live in areas where there may be no other option available.

I already make a monthly donations to Planned Parenthood, and I've just increased the amount.
3rd-Feb-2012 01:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've been watching this whole thing explode, and it's so very frustrating. I think the Komen Foundation has moved away from its apolitical stance.
3rd-Feb-2012 01:56 am (UTC)
Especially now that they are pulling funding from pro-embryonic stem cell research centers.
3rd-Feb-2012 02:10 am (UTC)
And go after other organizations for violating their copyrights on things like "For the Cure." They're willing to partner with KFC, but not Planned Parenthood. A huge percentage of the money they collect goes to administrative costs and "education," said education of course encouraging people to donate more.
3rd-Feb-2012 02:28 am (UTC)
Gah! I hadn't heard that!
3rd-Feb-2012 02:33 am (UTC)
Here is where the info came from: http://www.lifenews.com/2012/02/01/komen-also-stops-funding-embryonic-stem-cell-research-centers/ (BTW, I don't frequent this site, it was referenced by another and another, etc, but this one seems to be the initial news of it)
3rd-Feb-2012 02:31 am (UTC)
Oh, and since your subject line just reminded me, Tyson said the other night, "You know, it's only in America that you'd see a car with a pro-life bumper sticker right next to an NRA bumper sticker without a trace of irony."

And of course, I had to agree.
3rd-Feb-2012 02:58 am (UTC)
You've got a smart husband there:)

I used to chat a lot with the ex-nun who was half the Theology Department at my Catholic college. (The other half was a gay priest. It's crazy to realize how much more progressive the Church seemed in those days.) She told me that when people would try to get her to sign petitions to bring back the death penalty, she would point out that her pro-life values didn't allow her to do that. She got a lot of uncomprehending stares.
3rd-Feb-2012 03:12 am (UTC)
He's a keeper!

Oddly enough, one of my cousin's close friends is a gay priest. (Or almost a priest. He's nearly through seminary, I believe.) But from what I understand, the church's current position is that you're reformed, and are no longer gay. IDK.

But I love that response from the nun! That's awesome. And I would happen to agree with her.
3rd-Feb-2012 03:34 am (UTC)
If I understand correctly, the Catholic church's position is that being gay is not a sin, but acting on it is. :-) So if he's celibate, as priests are suppose to be, than that shouldn't be an issue.

I know, it's crazy.
3rd-Feb-2012 03:37 am (UTC)
Well, my understanding is that George is keeping that part of his past very, very quiet. I'm not sure why, although he's going to seminary locally, and the diocese here is UBER conservative.

(And as an additional hilarious aside, George is the first of two gay guys my grandmother tried to set me up with. It was after that my cousin had to break the news that George batted for the other team.)
3rd-Feb-2012 03:39 am (UTC)
Hee! Poor grandma. :-)
4th-Feb-2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
She tried to set you up with someone who was not only gay, but wanted to become a priest? Funniest well-intentioned fail ever.
3rd-Feb-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
This whole thing is very disappointing, but I shouldn't be surprised, really.
3rd-Feb-2012 04:08 pm (UTC)
You'd think we'd be inured to this, right? I've always considered the marathons and other events a very inefficient way to collect donations, but assumed that the real goal was increasing awareness. Well, we've had our awareness raised this week.
3rd-Feb-2012 05:21 am (UTC)
The only good thing about this is the windfall it's generated for PP.

Well, that, and laughing at that bitch's horrible cosmetic surgery.
3rd-Feb-2012 04:06 pm (UTC)
And all the news articles letting people know just how much PP does and how little of it is abortion services.

The more I learn about SGK, the more appalled I am.
3rd-Feb-2012 06:47 pm (UTC)
I read that the whole thing really gained traction when they hired a vocal abortion foe as ceo.

Jesus, how about hiring a cancer foe? The whole thing is blowing my mind.
3rd-Feb-2012 07:23 pm (UTC)
Not just any abortion foe. One who ran for office in Georgia on a platform that included defunding Planned Parenthood. But the decision isn't political...

The decision has also been reversed, but SGK is still toast. They've pissed off the pro-choicers and now the anti-choicers will be pissed. Lots of donations will be going to better charities.
3rd-Feb-2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
It's a win-win, isn't it? Hahaha, fuck you, SGK for the cure. :D
3rd-Feb-2012 05:48 am (UTC)
This whole thing makes me so irritated, and honestly a little scared. Also, did you hear about how in my state (Virginia) they just rushed through a bill that forces women having an abortion to go watch an ultrasound? I mean... that just seems like going so overboard. Like you're just further punishing the poor woman - being extra cruel to her.

I swear I don't understand what's happening in this country sometimes. It really does feel like there's a war on women right now.
3rd-Feb-2012 04:04 pm (UTC)
They're passing these laws all over. I think it's in Texas that you have to have the ultrasound a full day before the procedure, adding to the expense and probably making the whole thing impossible for poor women who have to travel to a clinic.

But the state senator who tried to add a rider to force men to have an unnecessary and uncomfortable procedure before getting Viagra is a hero. Unfortunately, the point seemed lost on many others in the legislature.
3rd-Feb-2012 07:17 am (UTC)
What's really shocking to me is the US health care system, in which a private charity has to fund another private charity to provide basic services.

Here in Australia screening mammograms are free for women over 40.
3rd-Feb-2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
It's one of those horrible things that we're so used to we hardly notice it. Maybe this latest scandal will increase people's awareness, but we still hear screaming about "Obamacare," as if trying to make sure everyone is insured is the epitome of evil. We're so far from a decent single-payer system it makes me weep.
3rd-Feb-2012 06:21 pm (UTC)
That was what struck me, too.
3rd-Feb-2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
Did you hear about the Canadian snowboarder? She was severely injured at a half pipe in the US, and after a week of coma and multiple tests and surgeries, sadly she died.

And then her family in Canada was presented with a bill for over $100,000.

(Her fans raised the money for her bill, but good God, that say it all, doesn't it?)
3rd-Feb-2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
I hadn't heard, but I'm not surprised. Travel insurance advice always has the US at the highest level of cover.
3rd-Feb-2012 08:51 am (UTC)
I know, the whole mess stinks mightly.
3rd-Feb-2012 04:11 pm (UTC)
I get emails from AFA and that stupid "Million Moms" group. I haven't unsubscribed because it's good to know your enemy, but the amount of vitriol and misinformation they spout is amazing. The latest is that they want everyone to call JC Penney and object because Ellen is their new spokesperson. A country full of poor people without healthcare and they cheer, a harmless ad campaign and they turn rabid.
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