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Planned Parenthood responds to Komen reversal

Planned Parenthood responds to Komen reversal

POSTED: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 12:37pm

UPDATED: Saturday, February 4, 2012 - 6:49pm

Planned Parenthood released the following statement in response to the Komen reveresal:

"During the last week, millions spontaneously joined a national conversation about lifesaving breast cancer prevention care and reinforced shared values about access to health care for all. This compassionate outcry in support of those most in need rose above political, ideological, and cultural divides, and will surely be recognized as one of our nation's better moments during a contentious political time. Planned Parenthood thanks each and every person who has contributed to elevating the importance of breast cancer prevention for so many women in need.

"In recent weeks, the treasured relationship between the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and Planned Parenthood has been challenged, and we are now heartened that we can continue to work in partnership toward our shared commitment to breast health for the most underserved women. We are enormously grateful that the Komen Foundation has clarified its grantmaking criteria, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Komen partners, leaders and volunteers. What these past few days have demonstrated is the deep resolve all Americans share in the fight against cancer, and we honor those who are at the helm of this battle.

"Planned Parenthood has been a trusted partner with the Komen Foundation in early cancer detection and prevention services. In particular, Planned Parenthood helps the Komen Foundation reach vulnerable populations - low-income women, African-American women, and Latinas - especially in rural areas and underserved communities where Planned Parenthood health centers are their only source of health care. With Komen Foundation grants, over the past five years, Planned Parenthood health centers provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and more than 6,400 mammogram referrals. With the outpouring of support over the past week, even more women in need will receive lifesaving breast cancer care."

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Howard may not see the necessity to fund breast cancer screening for women, but thousands of people saw fit to donate $3 million directly to Planned Parenthood this past week, bypassing donating to SGK...there are others, besides the Howard's of the world, who do care about health care for women (and for the men who need PP's health care screenings for rare breast cancer), who understand the primary mission of offer heath care and screening for those underserved or poor...good for US!

l wouldn't give a dime to either organization. Very little of it goes to actually helping people.

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