Sanders, Other Senators Urge Komen to Reverse Planned Parenthood Decision
February 2, 2012
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is among nearly two dozen senators calling on the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to reconsider its politically-motivated decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood.
Last year alone, grants from Komen provided Planned Parenthood with roughly $650,000 in funding for breast cancer prevention, screening, and education. In many parts of the country, Planned Parenthood is the only place a woman can receive preventive services for breast cancer.
"It would be tragic if any woman -- let alone thousands of women -- lost access to these potentially life-saving screenings because of a politically motivated attack," the senators wrote in a letter to the founder and CEO of Komen.
"We earnestly hope that you will put women's health before partisan politics and reconsider this decision for the sake of the women who depend on both your organizations for access to the health care they need."