News recently broke that the Susan G. Komen Foundation was pulling $700,000 worth of funding from Planned Parenthood, money that was used to give women access to affordable or free breast cancer screenings.
This is just another reminder that the fight for reproductive rights is an ongoing struggle, and that the people who need family planning and health services the most are the also the most likely to be denied them. Planned Parenthood is constantly under attack by the Right Wing Noise Machine, which continues to paint Planned Parenthood exclusively as an abortion provider (considering that abortion is a completely legal procedure in the US, this is hardly a bad thing), when the reality is that abortion services make up only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services.
Regardless of the political motivations behind this decision, it’s unfortunate that two organizations who work to improve the health of women are at odds to each other. Planned Parenthood provides a number of services, and SEX+STL wants to encourage our friends, fans, and followers to do what they can to support and defend Planned Parenthood.
SEX+STL is currently in talks with Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region to co-sponsor the upcoming Sex Trivia fundraiser. We’ll certainly have a table there, and if interest is high enough, we’ll help organize two tables.
Even if you can’t make it to trivia, consider making a direct donation to Planned Parenthood. Their services are an invaluable good to St. Louis and the rest of the country.
You can also contact the Susan G. Koman Foundation directly to let them know that you stand with Planned Parenthood.