PUBLIC OPINION > Komen's Planned Parenthood Cuts Are Understandable
News 2012/02/02 14:00:00
Recent policy changes at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a large organization working to fight breast cancer, prompted them to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, a controversial reproductive health service provider. The cuts were made to address a policy stating that Komen cannot contribute to any organization that is under investigation, and because Planned Parenthood is under investigation for its involvement with abortions, PP lost its funding. However, the cut is been criticized because the majority of the donated money was being used for breast cancer exams and mammogram referrals. We know it's a touchy subject, but we asked SodaHeads what they thought.
Planned Parenthood Loses Breast Exam Funding: Understandable or Awful?
54% Think It's Understandable
This was a close call, almost enough to be considered a split decision, but "Understanding" won by 8%. Of course, these kinds of questions are always weighed down by the usual points of contention, but there were plenty of fresh, reasonable arguments on both sides of the issue.
Those who supported Komen's funding cut pointed out that they were essentially shifting donated money to another non-profit; shouldn't that money stay with the intended organization? Opponents of the funding cut suggested that what Komen did for breast cancer through Planned Parenthood outweighs the risk of misallocated funds. But one commenter simplified the issue beautifully: "They don't want to be connected to a questionable organization; that just seems like good business sense to me."
Women Want the Funding
Female voters were 14% more likely to criticize Komen's funding cut than men were. This could be because women are more likely to use Planned Parenthood, or because they're more likely to get breast cancer. It's not a big enough difference to draw enormous conclusions from, but it's an expected result.
Parents Aren't Big on Planned Parenthood
Though Planned Parenthood offers many services, it's controversial mainly for its stance on and involvement in abortion. Naturally, we had to take a look at how parents voted -- a little more understanding of the cuts than most. But voters who said "No thank you" to children were largely against the cuts.
All other demographics aside, ultimately, this poll did come down to politics and religion. Liberals and atheists were strongly opposed to the cuts (21% and 8% support respectively); conservatives and Christians were extremely supportive (90% and 73%). So, abortion continues to be one of the great divides.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about Komen and Planned Parenthood. We'd love to hear from you!
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