Whatever your political stance is, chances are that you’ve heard of Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood sponsored this advertisement I spotted in Essence magazine for breast exams. Did you know that breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among African American women? I definitely didn’t, and it’s very sobering to see this health notice in Essence. One of the things I really like about this advertisement is that the woman with natural hair is not your typical model. She’s not selling you clothes, food, household items, liquor……fill in the blank. Instead, she’s a young doctor and the point of the advertisement is to raise awareness and encourage you to take action.
Besides breast exams, what else does Planned Parenthood do? Described as “the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider and advocate”, Planned Parenthood offers health information and services such as abortion, birth control, body image, general health care, men’s sexual health, morning after pill, pregnancy, relationships, sex and sexuality, sexual orientation and gender, sexually transmitted diseases, and women’s health.
Side note: earlier this year, Planned Parenthood made national news after the Susan G. Komen charity announced its plans to pull funding for breast exams from the federation. Apparently, the motivation for the de-funding was an investigation into the federation. Amid a lot of controversy, the charity reversed its decision, and promised to continue funding existing grants for breast cancer screenings. In the days following the foundation’s decision, Planned Parenthood raised almost $1 million, including a $250 million donation from New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg (dang, who knew who had money like that? I definitely didn’t).