Planned Parenthood Program Grows

Thanks to the Komen controversy, the nonprofit has more funds for its breast-health initiative.

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Along with Latinas, African Americans have the highest incidence rates among women diagnosed under 40. These statistics are further proof that women's health and education must continue to be a top priority, or else statements like those made by Republican Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri about abortion and rape earlier this month might derail efforts made by nonprofits like Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood, as well as activists like Union.

"I saw [Akin's interview] and I recoiled; he was so raw in his ignorance that I was at a loss, and then I got pissed," Union said. "It's incredibly irresponsible to make inflammatory and erroneous statements that stop women from getting the care that they need. The idea that Planned Parenthood is just for kids or it's an abortion factory are painful myths that stand in the way of many women getting the health care they need."

Hillary Crosley is the New York bureau chief of The Root.

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