Reactions About an Image and Komen’s Decision

Dilation and Evacuation (D&E) for Abortion

The image to the right was posted on Mark’s* facebook profile with a caption in Chinese that warned men to think twice before treating seduction so lightly. (For more on the accuracy of the image, click here)

The responses on Mark’s facebook page were mixed: some people were disgusted at the graphic nature of the procedure, others were disgusted at the images being used for pro-life propaganda, others called it medically inaccurate, which proves once more how abortion continues to remain one of American society’s most polarizing topics.

Earlier this week the Susan J. Komen Foundation, a leading breast cancer charity, reversed its plans to cut funding to Planned Parenthood of America. The initial announcement was made because of changes in Komen’s policy to stop funding organizations under federal, state or local investigation. Planned Parenthood has in the last several years become a frequent target of congressional Republicans because it provides abortion services in addition to other women’s health services while receiving government support. The organization is currently under congressional investigation to determine whether federal money is being used to fund abortions.

But today’s statement from Komen about it’s retraction said, “We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives. The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.”

As for Mark, he seemed oblivious of the abortion commentary that the image was evoking: “To be honest,” he wrote, “all I thought I was doing was posting a diagram that advises men to be cautious about getting girls knocked up to satisfy their urges. I think that’s a good message and I stand by it.” Below are a list of people’s reactions:

Doris: ” In the name of choice, for the sake our own worldly conveniences, precious human lives are being sacrificed. What have we come to?”

Mila: “If you want to advise men to be cautious about ‘knocking up’ women, post a diagram about how to use a condom, or natural family planning, or the pill, or the morning-after pill. Or, you know, about how to have a conversation about safe sex and consequences with your partner. These are concrete steps that would help people, instead of a cheap tactic designed to shock and appall.”

Ji-Ye: “In the last 40 years since Roe vs. Wade, 54 million babies in the US who were supposed to be born are not here because they called it a woman’s right to choose. This is a global problem, which we need to continue to pray for.”

Amanda: “How about trying to prevent more abortions by providing more birth control and education? But no, conservatives hate that idea too. Simply illogical.”

Lee: “Keep your damn legs closed and you won’t need to have this discussion!”

*first name changed and last name withheld

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