Tell Komen to Commit. Reversal is not enough.

The good news is that Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced that they are reversing their decision to ban grants to organizations under politically-motivated investigation. This shows the power we have to create change—Komen backed down quickly because hundreds of thousands of people immediately stood up for Planned Parenthood, with petitions and phone calls, and on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs.

The bad news is that it’s not yet clear that they will continue funding Planned Parenthood beyond this year. In fact, a Komen board member said yesterday that Komen refuses to commit to funding breast screenings and mammogram referrals at Planned Parenthood in future grant cycles. And the anti-choice, anti-gay vice president they recently hired, Karen Handel—whom many believe drove the push to stop funding Planned Parenthood—is still a top organizational leader.

Planned Parenthood health centers are often the main source of health care for women in underserved communities, and they provide 830,000 breast exams every year. Without Komen’s funding, up to 170,000 women could be unable to get the screenings and early detection of breast cancer that save lives.

Without a public commitment to funding breast health care through Planned Parenthood, Komen could find a new excuse to eliminate funding, as it already tried to do. And Komen’s vice president of public policy, Karen Handel, is an outspoken opponent of funding for Planned Parenthood. To be sure that Komen keeps politics out of women’s health, it must commit to funding breast health grants through Planned Parenthood, and fire Karen Handel.

Tell Susan G. Komen for the Cure to commit to funding ongoing breast health services through Planned Parenthood.

A compiled petition with your individual comment will be presented to Nancy Brinker, CEO & Founder, and the Board of Directors of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


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