FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Paula Birdsong, Executive Director
Breast Cancer Survivors and Advocates from Across California
Call for Reconsideration of the Planned Parenthood Decision
Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Advocates Call on Komen National
Sacramento, CA (February 2, 2012) – The seven California Affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® are strongly opposed to Komen National’s new grant making policy. This policy prevents Komen Affiliates from funding organizations under investigation at the regional, state or federal level. Planned Parenthood is currently the subject of an “inquiry” in Congress.
We are currently working with our national organization to change the policy. It is important to note that no women in California will be affected by the current policy change. Two California affiliates have contracts with their local Planned Parenthood offices that will continue through the year. The other five affiliates have not had any current requests for grants from Planned Parenthood.
We will work on this within our own organization with the same tenacity and passion that we worked with our legislators in keeping the state’s breast cancer screening program, Every Women Counts, operating. The California Affiliates will not rest until this issue is resolved.
Komen volunteers have worked tirelessly for the past 30 years to increase awareness, screening and research for the cure. What we have experienced and witnessed over the last two days is an extraordinary level of passion for these important issues to women. Our commitment to our mission is unwavering. This is a misstep in that journey and we want to assure all Californians that we will do whatever it takes to do what is right for the health of women and men in California.