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From Black Voices — With all of the recent controversy about Planned Parenthood being disproportionately placed in minority communities – and allegedly being the cause of many African-American babies being aborted – actress Gabrielle Union has decided to speak up.

For Union, the Planned Parenthood controversy hits a personal note: Her best friend, who lacked health care, was able to receive both screening and treatment for cancer. Even though Union’s friend recently died from the disease, Union contends that Planned Parenthood still gave her friend a fighting chance.

At the age of 32, my girlfriend Kristen Martinez was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. She fought incredibly hard for five years but ultimately lost her battle with breast cancer on June 16, 2010.

We knew she wasn’t going to make it this past summer, so I asked her, What’s the one thing that you want young girls to take away, what do you want your legacy to be?

She said just to remind people and women, especially, that you are your own best advocate, and if you don’t put you first, no one else will.

With all that’s going on in the media about Planned Parenthood and abortions, I think the media is doing the public a great disservice. The fact that only 3 percent of the services that Planned Parenthood provides are abortions makes you wonder what’s happening with the other 97 percent of what Planned Parenthood is doing.

The vast majority of the work that they do is preventative. Planned Parenthood provides low-cost reproductive information and care, which goes into providing contraception. For women who choose to keep their babies, they offer low-cost pregnancy services as well.

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  • D-Chubb

    I’m missing something in this whole abortion debate: How is that people think they have a right to tell someone else how to live their lives? OK, so you’re anti-abortion (note I do not say pro-life) and I am pro-choice. I resent this notion that I’m supposed to be restricted because someone I don’t even know has alternate beliefs. If it’s not your baby, it’s not your business!!!!

    In addition, you must be willing to support welfare, WIC, and universal health care. Not to mention, see an increase in the need for child abuse services and the number of children in the foster care system. These things are what happens when women are forced to have children they don’t want or can’t take care of. And I might add, these things require long-term public funding. Yes, PP and OB/GYNs get federal funding for ALL their services, but abortions are paid for by the woman herself. And insurance isn’t an issue, because most poor women don’t have any. I hate to boil a life down to money, but hey, the U.S. economy is collapsing and we’ve got to get real.

    And these Crisis Pregancy Centers don’t offer pap smears and cancer screenings; they don’t even have doctors. At least that’s the case here in NYC.

    • Actually, as current abotion policy exists, even if it IS my baby, it isn’t my business. If, on the other hand, she wants the child but I don’t. I still have to support the child until 18 or 22.
      Just as you chose to call me “anti-choice,” I chose to call you “pro-child killing.” If you are only, or primarily, going to focus on cost, then look at the long-term costs of low birth-rates in Europe, look at the consequences of killing off your next generation in terms of tax dollars and social services. You see, I support a living social services support network (I don’t know why Pro-abortionists always assume that we don’t), and I also support women not feeling like they have no other option than to kill their child. Do you? Do you support women having support so that they can make a choice that is in the interests of her child, rather than one that snuffs out the childs life, and with that killing, the possible destiny of her family and community?
      “I set before you, this day, life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore, choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”

  • HaitianChick

    Gabrielle Union would never go against a government-funded organization considering she is now on the National Advisory Committee for Violence Against Women. Politics, people, politics.

    • damn you Dwayne Wade for stealing my woman.WAAAAAAAADDDDDEEEEEEEEEE