Edited to add: This is what happens when you are using your blog to type out your thoughts as a way to "process"--and hit "publish" by mistake rather than "save". Oops! But. It is really how I feel. So....take it for what its worth. I want you to know that even if we differ in our opinions, I still respect you and appreciate you (really! I do!) I really do believe that you can support both causes. I also believe that you can stand by a cause even if you don't agree with a decision that they make.
When I was in graduate school, I made $400 a month. Before taxes. Once taxes were deducted, I think I walked away with a grand total of $380 a month--that came to me in one paycheck. Yep. I was paid once a month.
My housing was covered as a residence hall director. I got a small meal plan at on campus dining. That $400 covered my car payment and car insurance, and a few groceries. But honestly, I was left with hardly any money each month for anything.
One thing that I did not have? Health Insurance. Yes, campus had a health service, but lets face it...you were lucky if you could get tylenol for a headache.
I began a serious relationship with my now, ex, boyfriend. When that relationship turned intimate, I wanted to be protected. So I used Planned Parenthood for my first pelvic exam and as a pharmacy for my birth control pills.
Planned Parenthood was there for me because I fit their profile. Woman. Uninsured. Concerned for her health.
When Susan G Komen--an organization that I support dearly--decided to cut funding to Planned Parenthood for breast health I was stunned. How could they do that? As a 3-day participant, I have received e-mails regarding why and it makes me a little leery. An organization that has made it clear that they want to provide screening and education to all women....made a big error in cutting grant funding.
Just because I don't agree with their decision, doesn't mean that I don't still support their efforts.
Yes. Their decision to cut funding stinks.
I hate it and question the "under investigation" policy like you do. I have friends on facebook yesterday who told me flat out, "I am no longer supporting Komen." I respect that. It's OK.
I just hope that they--and you--can respect my decision to still support Komen and Planned Parenthood.