The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation reversed its decision and continues to fund breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers. The outpouring of support online for Planned Parenthood and women in need of breast cancer screenings has been nothing short of astonishing, and because of it, the Planned Parenthood Breast Health Fund has received more than $3 million from thousands of people across the country in only three days.
More women will receive lifesaving breast cancer care
“Every dollar we received for this fund will go directly for breast exams and diagnostic services, as well as breast health outreach and education. And now that the Komen Foundation plans to continue their support, even more women will receive lifesaving breast cancer care. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Komen partners, leaders, and volunteers, and supporters like you. Thank you so much for your voice and for standing with us”, says Planned Parenthood chief Cecile Richards.
Background – Susan G. Komen stops funding breast cancer programs at Planned Parenthood
After facing pressure from anti-women’s health political organizations, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation announced that it was ending future funding for lifesaving breast cancer screenings and breast health education at Planned Parenthood health centers.
Lifesaving care for women
At immediate risk were low-income women, many located in rural and underserved communities, served by 19 Planned Parenthood programs funded by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. This funding has enabled designated Planned Parenthood health centers to provide women with breast health education, screenings, and referrals for mammograms – lifesaving care for women where Planned Parenthood is their only source of health care.
Planned Parenthood Care
Planned Parenthood doctors and nurses teach patients about breast care, connect patients to resources to help them get vital biopsies, ultrasounds, and mammograms, and follow up to make sure patients are cared for with the attention they need and deserve.
Source: Planned Parenthood, USA