Updated 8:36 a.m.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure has reversed its decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, the organization announced Friday morning.
"We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives," Susan G. Komen Board of Directors and Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker said in a statement on the organization's website.
released the following statement Thursday in response to the decision by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to halt breast cancer funding for Planned Parenthood:
I am deeply concerned by Komen for the Cure Foundation’s decision to withhold funding for breast cancer prevention, screenings, and education at Planned Parenthood health centers. Injecting political ideology into the health and wellbeing of women is both counterproductive and unacceptable.
Cancer is the leading cause of death among women in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander community, which makes up nearly one quarter of my constituency. This statistic is alarming and may rise if these vital services are cut due to lack of funding for breast cancer screenings and other critical services.
I strongly urge Komen to reverse its decision and once again collaborate with Planned Parenthood in helping women throughout California and the rest of the nation get the care and services they so desperately need.
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