In Sarasota, Planned Parenthood branch criticizes Komen decision to stop grants listen02/02/12 Doug Driscoll
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This week a leading breast cancer foundation announced it will cut off funding to Planned Parenthood. Some have said the decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure was a reaction to pressure from pro-life groups opposed to Planned Parenthood because it provides abortion services. At a press conference in Sarasota yesterday Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida expressed its disappointment with the decision.
Barbara Zdravecky, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida says anti-abortion opponents are largely responsible for Komenâ€™s decision to stop funding breast cancer health services at 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates.
In a video statement released yesterday, the Komen foundation said their decision was not politically motivated, and are applying, "more stringent eligibility and performance criteria.â€ One such clause reportedly prohibits funding organizations under local, state or federal investigations. Planned Parenthood is the subject of an on-going inquiry by the House Oversight and Investigations subcommittee, initiated by U.S Representative Cliff Stearns of Ocala.
However, a statement released by Stearns says they â€œâ€¦ are continuing to work with Planned Parenthood in getting the requested record and documents.â€ and were not, â€œcontacted by anyone at the Susan G. Komen for the Cure,â€ foundation.
One organization critical of Komenâ€™s relationship with Planned Parenthood is the Coalition on Abortion / Breast cancer. In a phone interview spokesperson Karen Malec said the relationship contributes to the prevalence of breast cancer.
Planned Parenthoodâ€™s Zdravecky hopes the foundation will continue to provide grants to those who need it most.
Zdravecky says Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida hasnâ€™t received Komen funding. An emergency fund has been created to generate additional funds for Planned Parenthood. It was kicked off by an anonymous donation of $250,000.