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What do breast cancer and abortion have in common. Not women’s health! But apparently, you can’t have one without the other, at least according to the quick turn-around of Komen in the last 2-3 days.

Just a few days ago, Komen decided to end its support/partnership with Planned Parenthood (PP). It seems that there was a government investigation that was begun by a bill enacted by Rep. Mike Pence from Indiana. However, I assume that there were anti-abortion groups involved as well, probably lobbying for investigation into the relationship between Komen and PP. Click the link below to read the article to get the full story.

Komen breast cancer charity severs ties with Planned Parenthood – latimes.com.

Now, I don’t know all the details, but I think we could all agree on a few points here, although there would be some nit-picking that needs to be done.

1) Agencies should act on behalf of the citizens.

2) Agencies should be open to congressional investigation at any time.

3) If Komen was suspected of shady/illegal dealings with Planned Parenthood, then they should be open to investigation if someone brings across a viable accusation/legislation.

The irony here is that Komen made the decision to protect itself because PP is not allowed to use any of the money they receive federally to actually conduct abortions. But then, in the next 1-2 days, Komen reneged on its decision to stop supporting PP and re-enacted their partnership with them!?

Now, I am no expert when it comes to legislation/litigation and political wrangling, but most people know there is something happening “behind the scenes,” especially when a major company/organization makes a decision one day and then reneges that decision a couple of days later. For this insight, see today’s Yahoo news feed.

Obviously, there are political pressures on both sides, but it seems that PP or pro-life advocates pulled out some hefty punches to get Komen to reconsider its position. Now, this is only an assumption, but surely there must have been some “pressure” placed upon the situation. Yet the sad point is that women’s health is a joke in the partnership that both companies employ.

Sure, I understand the argument that a woman has a right to her body and should be given the opportunity to do with it as she pleases. But surely this point doesn’t necessitate that a woman will be healthy because she has the right to do what she wants with her body. She may have an abortion, but she will be far from healthy. The emotional and psychological struggles she will face, I assume, are not part of being a healthy woman, are they? Why, then, would it be logical to support Komen, which does great work in helping women to enhance and strengthen their life when they support PP, which tolerates and encourages the destruction of life?

At the end of the day, it seems that political pressure outweighs health and viability. Again, I am no expert on lots of these issues, but I can tell when “behind the scene” pressure is deployed. Why else would a company/organization, who services millions of people, make such drastic decisions only a few days apart at the expense of the people they are supposed to be helping?

Now, I am sure that my position on this post has come through, and that I employ many assumptions. If you want to comment, please do. I would love to interact on the topics mentioned.

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