Thursday, February 2, 2012

Lizz Winstead on the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood Fracas

You might not know Lizz Winstead by name, but you know of her. She's a comedian, writer, feminist, activist and. . .oh, yeah. . .co-creator of The Daily Show. As I watched the commentary of the Florida Primary on my Twitter feed, I watched Winstead's live reaction to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure decision to defund Planned Parenthood.

If you follow politics at all, you know that Planned Parenthood is a lightning rod of controversy, with constant attacks from the right wing. This is because PP provides abortion services. Though this is only a small part of their mission, they are public enemy #1 to many on the right. There are a couple of ironies here. One being the fact that family planning (contraception, for instance) reduces the need for abortions. But the bigger irony is that PP provides breast cancer screenings and promotes awareness, especially for poor women. Komen's mission is also part of Planned Parenthood's. And by pulling their funding, poor women will be more at risk for breast cancer! Unbelievable. This is far from my issue, but come on.

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