Okay, I admit it. I am not a fan of the color pink. When I moved into my house a few years back, I had to get rid of the pink walls, carpeting, fireplace, doors, and anything else that was pink. My parents called it a pink nightmare. I know how Ralphie in A Christmas Story felt with that pink bunny suit. Try picturing all of that and then some on your house walls. Thank God there are other colors of paint besides pink.
However, I believe there is one reason why the color pink should exist; and it is a very important reason. It is about fighting breast cancer. Millions of women have been stricken with this nasty disease; and thousands have died as a result. Fortunately, both awareness and funding are helping to fuel medical research and better medical care. As a result, many more women are not dying because of breast cancer. They are either being cured of it or living a heck of a lot longer than they would have in the past. Pink has a great purpose. Unfortunately, those pink ribbons may not be around as much...at least not around Cleveland anyway.
Every year for many years, The Race for the Cure has happened in Downtown Cleveland every September. Unfortunately, this is the last year that it is going to happen. Funding and support has decreased for Susan G Komen in this area. The reason? The Susan G. Komen Foundation has been linked to Planned Parenthood as far as providing funding and partnering with them concerning breast cancer and other healthcare screenings.
Okay, let us get this out on the table right now. Planned Parenthood provides many different services concerning women's healthcare. One of the services they do provide is abortion. However, Planned Parenthood also provides education and services concerning birth control, pregnancy, prenatal care, referral to adoption services, breast cancer and ovarian cancer screenings, and a whole slew of other services for women's health.
I have never been a fan of abortion. I believe that only in cases of rape, incest, the mother's life is in danger ( i.e. ectopic pregnancy); or some other medical reason should it be used. It should be the very, very last resort; in my humble opinion. However, you cannot force a woman who has been violated, horribly ill, or some other situation of a similar magnitude to go through a pregnancy. In addition, saying that you are not going to fund breast cancer research, Race for the Cure or other life-saving causes anymore because of one service that is currently legal is ridiculous. Abortion is legal. Many of us do not like that, but that is the truth at this time.
I do not like abortion. The child is innocent. However, I also find it reprehensible how some people act supposedly in the name of life. People will harass people, beat up people, and sometimes even kill people supposedly in the name of life. In case some people did not realize this, those adults that they are hurting in the name of life were once babies too.
Is there an easy, black-and-white answer to this? There never is. However, if you do not like the law about abortion, etc; work to get it changed in the right way. Do not punish women who may have or are susceptible to breast cancer instead. That is also not valuing or preserving life.