Tamar Barbash wrote -
Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters,
This year, I am turning 30. I have been looking for a special way to celebrate this milestone. I wanted to do something physical that would make me feel healthy as I begin the journey into older adulthood. I also wanted to find a way to raise money for an important cause. I immediately thought of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I see their ads often and the idea of walking 60 miles in three days is both scary and thrilling. I did my research and learned that each participant is required to raise $2300. I was slightly intimidated by the number, but fully prepared to go for it. I was excited.
And then I learned the news that Susan G. Komen is pulling funding from Planned Parenthood. I can't begin to know what kind of political pressure is being put on SGK and I am sure that it is hard to fight against, but I do not understand how an organization supposedly dedicated to helping fight breast cancer can defend the act of denying thousands of women access to cancer screenings and other life-saving care. The VP of SGK, Karen Handel, is openly opposed to abortion and it is likely that this is a major reason why the funding was pulled.
I am so appalled at this decision that I have decided I will not help raise money for Susan G. Komen. Instead, on the day I turn 30 - October 12, 2012 - I am going to participate in my own walk. I will spend the day walking 15 miles, and will be collecting donations from anyone who wishes to support me. There is no minimum requirement to these donations and all money raised will be given directly to Planned Parenthood.
As women, as human beings, we have a responsibility to take care of each other. We can't pick and choose which women to take care of or which medical situations are worthy of attention. All of us are entitled to our health care, and I will not support an organization that has openly turned its back on one of the only institutions that provides comprehensive care to women.