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Komen Reverses Decision

By Josh Feit February 3, 2012

The NYT has the news.

And US Sen Patty Murray, who's been out front and loud about Komen's original decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood,  has a statement:
This is a huge win for women in communities across the country who will now be able to get the breast cancer screenings they count on through Planned Parenthood. And this is a major victory for the men and women across America who made their voices heard over the last few days to express their shock and dismay at Komen’s initial decision.  Politics should never come between women and their health care, and I am very glad that Komen did the right thing and reversed their misguided and deeply damaging decision.

Our fight for women’s health does not end here. There are still many who will continue to put partisan politics ahead of women’s health, and we need to make sure that the grassroots support and energy that successfully came together to right this wrong stands ready to be there for women the next time we’re needed.

Murray scheduled a press conference in Seattle today to denounce Komen's original decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood. Asked Murray was still doing a press conference, her spokesman Eli Zupnick says: "She is. The message will be a bit different now, of course."

On the heels of PIPA, I must say. This online stuff works.

UPDATE: Sen. Cantwell, who also protested Komen's original decision, released a statement this morning as well:
“This is great news for women's health,” said Cantwell. “I'm glad that these two important organizations can continue working together to fight breast cancer and save women's lives. Today's news means hundreds of women in the Northwest will continue to get access to life-saving services.”

Yesterday, Cantwell and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) were joined by 24 other Senators in urging Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to reconsider her organization’s decision to stop funding breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood. In a letter to Ambassador Brinker, the Senators raised concerns about the possibility of thousands of women losing access to potentially life-saving tests for breast cancer.
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