Tag Archives: Planned Parenthood

Feb. 5, 2012 Blumbers

Komen and Going

This week the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation announced it would stop funding breast cancer screening at Planned Parenthood clinics because it was under investigation from Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.). After the public outcry, they reversed their decision.

I have lost many friends to this disease. This brought up several points about helping people fighting catastrophic illness.

1. Rather than donate money to one non-profit to another with the loss of funds to administrative costs, why not donate directly to the organization that directly helps people?

2. Consider directly helping people you know suffering with catastrophic illness. Drive them to and from their medical treatment or grocery shopping. If at work, find a way that they can keep their jobs and health insurance.

3. Find out which politicians support ordinary people’s access to health care and vote for them. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and his supporters have great health care. We should too.

4. Get tested at Planned Parenthood. They care about you. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) clearly does not.

Copyright 2012 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

Nov. 21, 2011 The New Yorker

Nov. 21, 2011 The New Yorker’s James Surowiecki wrote “Debt By Degrees” about student college loan debt that is so high, that young people will not be able to go into further debt by buying cars or houses, getting married or having children. “Two million college graduates are unemployed and millions more are underemployed.” We need to change the way we educate people and the way we pay for it.

Jane Kramer wrote “The Food At Our Feet” about Denmark’s Rene Redzepi. He is reviving foraging for food by identifying the best foods for his restaurant customers.

Thomas Mallon wrote “Never Happened.” about the counterfactual or alternative histories of Monica Ali, Michael Chabon, Nicholas DiChario, Philip K. Dick, Don DeLillo, Harlan Ellison, Niall Ferguson, Elizabeth Gaffney, William Gibson, Jeff Greenfield, Robert Harris, Samantha Hunt, Stephen King, Thomas Pynchon, Philip Roth, J.C. Squire, Bruce Sterling, and Harry Turtledove.

Malcolm Gladwell wrote “The Tweaker” about what made Apple CEO Steve Jobs so successful.

Jill Lepore wrote “Birthright” about the history and future of Planned Parenthood.

Copyright 2011 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

Jun. 14, 2011 Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards

On Tuesday, June 14, 2011 in San Francisco at the Commonwealth Club, Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America was introduced by philanthropist Susan Buell and interviewed by Katrina Heron, Editor-at-Large of Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Richards talked about the growing threat to a woman’s access to affordable healthcare after the election of conservatives to Congress and state legislatures. Cutting funding reduces woman’s access to family planning, testing and diagnosis for cancer and communicable disease.

Access to information is as important as healthcare. A hundred years ago, Planned Parenthood’s founder Margaret Sanger fought for the right to distribute birth control information by mail, which violated the Comstock Act. The courts eventually agreed that it was a basic human right to have such access. Today social media allows millions of women go to the Planned Parenthood website or download their app.

Despite all the technology, at some point a woman will still have to visit a brick and mortar clinic to get basic healthcare. Richards wants to make sure that women will have that choice.

Copyright 2011 DJ Cline All rights reserved.