Yesterday, cancer survivors, their loved ones, and loved ones of those who succumbed to the disease, reeled to learn that Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the charity synonymous with breast cancer research, halted grants to Planned Parenthood.
The charity caved to pressure from anti-abortion activists who have the nationwide clinics under investigation at the behest of an anti-abortion politician (more about that here). Another factor is surely the hiring of Komen’s senior VP for Public Policy, Karen Handel, an ex-politician who ran unsuccessfully for governor of Georgia in 2010 on an anti-abortion platform and was endorsed by Sarah Palin (more on that here).
Despite the fact Susan G. Komen’s grants to Planned Parenthood mainly were used for breast exams for women who otherwise could not afford them, anti-abortion groups have targeted those charitable donations because some Planned Parenthood clinics also perform abortions.
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Most employers will be required to cover the full cost of contraception and other preventative services in their health plans under the Affordable Care Act, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. This means that women’s preventative health care like birth control will be available without co-pays or deductibles when Obama’s health care reform law goes into effect in August 1, 2012.
This past August, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that health insurers would be required to cover birth control without co-pays following the release of a report by the Institute of Medicine. That independent panel of doctors had cited coverage of preventative health care, such as STD screening and birth control, in its recommendation of best practices.
(And of course the talking boobs on Fox News wasted no time asking what Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be forced to cover next — manicures and pedicures?!?! Really. Someone said that. )
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Today in facepalms: a chain of Christian bookstore called LifeWay are pulling copies of the Here’s Hope Breast Cancer Bible from their shelves after it learned that one of the organizations benefiting from the sales is Planned Parenthood. The bible is produced by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and $1 from each sale is donated to non-profit organizations that provide help breast cancer sufferers. Of course, Planned Parenthood is one of them. In fact, to assume that Planned Parenthood — the most well known non-profit sexual health clinics in the country — would not be among them was naive. Keep reading »
“For me, it was important to get the cancer out. That’s what I wanted to do, just get it out. … At the end, to be honest, all it came down to was just choosing to live, and not looking over my shoulder for the rest of my life. … Bill said to me, ‘I just need you around for the next 50 years, kid.’ He said, ‘I don’t care what you look like, I don’t care about the physical portion of this. I just need you around for the next 50 years. So, let’s just get you healthy.’ And that certainly helped me come to a decision. I couldn’t be more at peace. But it’s hard, and I still break down some nights … But I’m okay.”
– E! News host Giuliana Rancic, appearing on “The Today Show,” explains her decision to undergo a double mastectomy after a lumpectomy failed to completely eradicate her breast cancer. While another lumpectomy and radiation treatment was an option, Rancic ultimately has decided to have both of her breasts removed because doing so reduces the chances of the breast cancer returning to one percent. Additionally, undergoing radiation treatment would have put off the couple’s plans to have children by another few years. I admire Rancic’s bravery and her willingness to share with the world each step she is taking to restore her health, and wish her well in her recovery. [People]
In Tuesday’s Lady News, we told you that former Frisky contributor Susannah Breslin has been diagnosed with breast cancer and linked to her Forbes Woman blog about the experience of getting her first mammogram and finding out the results. Susannah has received a lot of get well messages from friends and strangers alike as a result of being so open about her diagnosis; but she has also likely inspired other women to get mammograms, including women who are younger than 50, the recommended age for women to begin routine mammograms.
One woman we know was inspired by Susannah’s diagnosis is her friend Xeni Jardin, editor at Boing Boing. Yesterday, Xeni tweeted throughout her mammogram appointment, giving readers a live, firsthand account of what to expect. As she waited for her results, Jardin expressed some fear of what she might find out. Sadly and shockingly, Xeni confirmed via Twitter last night that like Susannah, she too has breast cancer. Keep reading »
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means every day brings us 16 different stories of pink boobie paraphernalia banned from schools. Gilbert High School in Gilbert, Arizona is the latest school seeing red over pink. The administration said the cheerleading squad’s pink T-shirts reading “Feel for lumps, save your bumps” was an “objectionable slogan” and inappropriate for two upcoming football games. Now the shirts have been banned. Keep reading »
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but despite all the pink ribbons and yogurt cups reminding you to regularly check your breasts for lumps, you may still need a little extra encouragement. Thank God, then, for the Your Man Reminds You app, which offers handy hot shirtless dude reminders to check your breasts with TLC (that’s touch, look and check, ladies). And hey, if anybody hassles you about looking at hot guys on your phone, just tell them you’re doing it for your health. [Rethink Breast Cancer]