Susan G. Komen for the cure, a leading charity for breast cancer has decided to terminate its association with the Planned Parenthood federation of America. The news has created brouhaha in the United States as Planned Parenthood is the biggest reproductive health service provider of the America. People from all over the America are protesting against this decision and want Komen to take the decision back. Women are aggrieved because this step would affect the breast cancer education, research and abortion facilities.
People are flabbergasted about this step and one reason that has been quoted by the organization is a recently adopted policy to stop the grants to the organizations that are currently any kind of investigation under any investigative agency. A formal statement was released by the organization clarifying their position on the issue which reads as "While it is regrettable when changes in priorities and policies affect any of our grantees, such as a long-standing partner like Planned Parenthood, we must continue to evolve to best meet the needs of the women we serve and most fully advance our mission".
The issue involved in this whole episode seems to be related to the newly adopted policy. People are not ready to buy the version of the komen though. The step is welcomed by some sociologists and politicians who are anti abortionists. These people are being blamed by several women organizations for the whole state of affairs. Women organizations say that abortion is legal in United States and komen should not be pressurized to stop aiding to Planned Parenthood. Though they say that whatever has happened is the result of the policies and every organization should respect the policies.
According to a recent decision of US government, church and affiliated organizations will have to offer the coverage of birth control to their workers as part of health plans. The rule is said to be designed one year back but the clauses related to the church and affiliated organizations has been added this time. The decision has been widely criticized by the people related to the church and Catholics from all over has expressed their anger on the issue. Franciscan Sister Jane Marie Klein who is the head of 13 Catholic hospitals in Indiana and Illinois says “This is nothing less than a direct attack on religion and First Amendment rights”.
People related to the church and affiliated organizations are given one year extra time to muddle through the situation but according to the notification they will have to follow the instructions. Women organizations has expressed their happiness and supported this step of Obama administration. The issues involved in this case are the issue of equality before the law and the issue of exercising religion in a free manner. Once the government has decided a rule or law which has not been declared contrary to the constitution of the nation, it will have the same effect on the every individual and organization of the land. There can not be different treatments for different people. If the law is according to the constitution, the church and affiliated organizations will be bound to follow the rule.
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