Six Rivers Planned Parenthood Responds – February 2, 2012


For Immediate Release

As you may have seen in the news, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has succumbed to political pressure and changed their funding guidelines to exclude Planned Parenthood.  Although Six Rivers Planned Parenthood in Eureka does not receive funding from Komen, this decision is of great concern to all of us.

Planned Parenthood health centers are a significant provider of breast cancer screenings and education across the country.  Last year at Six Rivers Planned Parenthood we provided over 2,000 clinical breast exams and referred 100 patients out for screening mammograms.  In addition, we are available to assist patients with enrolling in funding programs that help pay for mammograms including the Cancer Detection Program (CDP) and FamilyPACT.  Education and early detection are critical to preventive health care.

Just today, we had a woman visit our health center to donate in honor of her mother, Jane McPherson Banks, who died of breast cancer thirty years ago at the age of sixty one.   She was deeply disappointed that Komen, a charity she has supported for many years in memory of her mother, has made the decision to cease funding Planned Parenthood affiliates and knew her mother would be as well.  She is not alone.

In these tough economic times, more women than ever need access to essential health care services like lifesaving breast cancer screenings.  Many of our patients here at Six Rivers Planned Parenthood, and at Planned Parenthood affiliates across the country, utilize Planned Parenthood for essential breast and cervical cancer screenings.  For many it is the only health care they get all year.  One of our patients shared recently that Six Rivers Planned Parenthood “is there for me for yearly breast cancer checks, for birth control, for pap smears, for infections. Without Planned Parenthood's sliding scale fee, I would be unable to afford these fact, I am unable to afford ANY other health care, as of late. My yearly visits to Planned Parenthood are the only preventive health care services I usually receive.”

We share a common goal with the Komen Foundation – advancing women’s health – and we’re focused squarely on that goal.  We would like nothing more than for the Komen Foundation to reconsider and recommit to what has been a great partnership for women who need and receive breast health services.  Politics should never get in the way of women’s health care – whether it is access to birth control or breast cancer screenings.  The real victims of this decision are the thousands of women who rely on these lifesaving services.

If you would like to donate to Six Rivers Planned Parenthood, visit and click “Donate Locally Online” or call 442-2961.








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  1. goaty said:

    submission censor. promise to never write again,if you will remove my
    reply above. EVER

  2. Brain Dead said:

    Mark, can you give me $5 bro I’ll share my roach with you I found on the street bro.

  3. goaty said:

    The Ladies wax poetic about the terrible nature of mixing politics and women’s health, however, i urge the male readers to consider the opposite being true. Females receive the lions share of the health care dollar. Specifically, they “politically” fought against men getting an eqwal share for prostate exams, something which would saved many male lives, (this being an equal share compared to the money spent on mammograms) Worth noting that women outlive men by an average of 7 years, a fact that would prompt their loud cries if the stat favored the men. Reminds me of the Jack Nicholson line, “Truth? You can’t handle the truth!”

    Should the shoe be on the other foot, with men getting the most funding,one can imagine the squeals of indignation and the demand for the holy grail, “equality”, female version: Similar to the “poor baby had a bad hair day”, when a female is found guilty of killing a child,(like the hair dryer gal and the meth milk gal), versus the demonization which occurs if a man assaults a child, or a women.

  4. Dan Hughes said:

    I don’t care about the Eye Ball, The Sisters of Perpetual inductance, the Arcata theater,(I seem to remember the Minor theater getting rehabed a few years back and being told I am not good enough to help work on the renovations) medical marijuana, College of the Redwoods, 12 step meetings, gay marriage, The Library, the librarian, whether or not YOUR kids not MINE look at porn on the Internet at the library, or anything else in this so called newspaper ever not now not ever, some duffus got off the Greyhound the other day and oinks at me “it luvs me”, well my dog can say that too so that stupid noise don’t mean anything. I care about me after being on the street fotr about a decade and not having one of you so much as share a Poorboy Sandwich and a kind word that whole time I was in the prison called Humboldt County Ca. I could NOT care less what happens to any of you. Matter of fact when I see that Machado Kid go to jail for child porn I say to self self suspicions were correct about that bunch.

    later days

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  6. Dan Hughes said:

    Maybe Phil Record from Wildberries would like to comment about my day again once or twice more.

    I have a comment for you Phil I seem to remember your media darling “Pete” was having a siezure and needed a fortified beer that he was accustomed to and I hurried in to your store to look for one and it was not there and upon leaving you and that clerk Chris the big blond one tried to throw me in jail for stealing but I wasn’t stealing. I had my coat over my arm and you insinuated I was a thief in some sort of dramatic way and I whipped the coat away and there was no beer there now was there. so you told me go away and don’t come back like an immature little boy in Arcata High gym class who can’t get his way with the pretty girl who told him no. Hey Phil are you the guy who cut down the out of doors basketball poles/hoops at Arcata high? C ya round … …. .

  7. Dan Hughes said:

    I know I’m going to hear about this and my affairs are going right back under the microscope.
    So lets look at the Arcata eye for a second when the ArcataEye started in was on the bottom floor of the Jacoby storehouse. Last time I checked it was in the Penthouse suite of the Jacoby Storehouse.

    It is not in some bodies garage It’s not in an unused storeroom of some bakery.

    Just the start-up cost of a professionally produced newspaper would probably be more than the middle class household could withstand. Apple media computers,rent,cars,pics,…just the printing and distribution of a paper once a week would bust most families balls.

    And Hoover pretends as if the thing exists on ads from coffee shops and bakeries.

    It’s been my experience that one who is so quick to judge others has something to hide . Any skeletons in your closet MR. Newspaper?

    Maybe it’s reverse psychology? when you berate the guys drinking a few long tall cold ones. I Doubt it. That will really get the guys into Plaza liquor store I mean hey they are young republicans and up and coming socialites who’ve just gotten married. (We’ll use the paper to help them) Sure.

  8. Wade said:

    Interesting though, Komen’s sudden adoption of the new “no donations to organizations being investigated” ONLY applies to Planned Parenthood. Komen donated $7.5 MILLION (more than ten times what they gave to PP) to Penn State, and that investigation doesn’t seem to bother Komen’s ethics a bit.

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