The recent decision of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to end grants for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood (which 3 days later was reversed) has proven once again that people who are against abortion are hypocrites.
According to Planned Parenthood’s website, only 3-percent of all their services are abortions. The vast majority (76-percent) of Planned Parenthood’s services are to prevent pregnancy. They also provide 750,000 breast cancer exams each year among many other women’s health services. Many of the women who use these services cannot afford to get this care anywhere else.
My wife went to Planned Parenthood to get birth control. She also went to them for annual exams. During one of those exams they found something that put her at risk for cervical cancer and they treated her.
Yes, they also did abortions at those clinics. So they should be shut down even though my wife may have ended up with cancer? This is apparently what abortion opponents inside the Komen Foundation believed.
I understand that abortion opponents have a moral aversion to abortion which I can respect. In fact, I agree that abortion is a horrible thing and I too wish there were never any abortions.
But, I am also a realist. Women have been having abortions for many different reasons ever since they started having babies. The fact that abortions are legal and that Planned Parenthood is performing them doesn’t necessarily mean there are more of them; it means we know how many of them are performed. If Planned Parenthood stops performing them, abortions will still happen elsewhere, even if Roe v. Wade is overturned.
This, however, is actually beside the point. The point is that because Planned Parenthood performs abortions, opponents believe they should not receive funding for breast cancer screenings. This doesn’t pass the smell test on a week old gallon of milk.
A grant is very specific. The money from it cannot be used for any other purpose than for which it is intended. If the Susan G. Komen Foundation doesn’t provide grant money for breast cancer screenings, Planned Parenthood stops doing breast cancer screenings. They don’t stop doing abortions.
Taking away grants to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer treatment would keep women from getting the screenings they need and increase the number of women who die from breast cancer.
Abortion opponents claim to believe in the sanctity of life but are willing to cut funding to something that will save lives?
Apparently the sanctity of life only applies to unborn babies, not their mothers.
Al Watts is the President of Daddyshome, Inc. – The National At-Home Dad Network and an at-home dad of 4 children living in west Omaha. Read him Wednesdays on momaha.com.