UUWF's President's Message on Social Action via Cyberspace
Within a few days of the story breaking that the Susan G. Komen Foundation had decided to end its funding of Planned Parenthood programs to screen and educate about breast cancer, women and men all over the country let their voices be heard -- on the side of affordable, accessible health care -- and against the exclusion of one of the largest providers of these services because it is pro choice on the issue of abortion.
For as long as the UU Women's Federation has existed, women in our faith movement have called for reproductive justice and compassion. Consistently, when surveyed, they have asked that the UUWF work on this issue, as well as women's health care in general. So I was ready to issue a statement condemning the action of the Komen Board and asking UUWF members and others to join with me.
News came shortly afterward that the decision to defund Planned Parenthood was reversed, due in no small part to the capability we now have to spread the word in cyberspace, through e-mail, websites, Facebook, Twitter and ever emerging communications vehicles. The response was consistent and passionate and clear.
My hope is that UUWF will be diligent, agile and eloquent as we continue to work toward equity and justice for women and girls.