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Friday, February 3, 2012

The Greatest Travesty Ever

Or at least that's what one New York Times' author paints it as:
The nation’s leading breast cancer advocacy organization confronted the growing furor Thursday over its decision to largely end its decades-long partnership with Planned Parenthood, with rising dissension in its own ranks and a roiling anger on the Internet showing the power of social media to harness protest. 
All seven California affiliates of the organization, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation, released a statement saying they opposed its decision. Twenty-six senators urged the foundation to reconsider its decision. And a pledge of $250,000 from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg of New York helped Planned Parenthood, which provides family planning and abortion services in hundreds of clinics across the country, to more than make up the money it lost. 
“Politics have no place in health care,” Mr. Bloomberg said in a statement, an echo of the complaints voiced by many women elsewhere.
Mr. Bloomberg is just wrong. Healthcare IS politics. There is nothing inherently healthy about abortions and any organization that willing provides them should be defunded by every charitable organization until they only provide services that are actually related to health. In fact, what it is verifiably certain is that actually bringing a child to full-term is beneficial and protective against breast cancer. Let's look at it this way. Planned Parenthood provides approximately 750,000 cancer screenings annually. Let's also give them the generous estimate that 1 out of every 8 of those women screened did have breast cancer. Let's also give the even more generous estimate that all those screened with breast cancer were in the first stage, giving them an 88% chance of survival. This leaves us with .88(1/8 x 750,000) = 82,500 women becoming at least five year cancer survivors.

Now let's compare this to the annual amount of abortions performed by planned parenthood. In 2009, Planned Parenthood performed 332,278 abortions. We will assume that all abortions were performed with 100% success, with the mother neither suffering death nor adverse side effects and the human embryo or fetus being completely terminated. So why in heaven's sake would any thinking person who understands that the child being terminated is a human being ever think that the lives of 82,500 persons is worth more than the lives of 332 thousand prenatal infants?

So far as I can see, any organization that masquerades as a champion of human health all while systemically performing one of the longest campaigns of human genocide in the history of the world SHOULD be defunded and replaced with a system that more accurately lives up to that label. What's so bad about this outrage is that it fails to note that the money provided by the Komen foundation does not just fizzle out of existence, it still will be provided towards some agency with hopefully more pure aspirations towards human health and wellness.