Sarasota Planned Parenthood chapter reacts to news that Komen foundation rescinds decision to defund

02/06/12 Doug Driscoll
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On Friday, Susan G Komen For the Cure surprised many with their decision to continue their funding of Planned Parenthood. At a press conference in Sarasota that afternoon, the local Planned Parenthood affiliate said the outcome will benefit breast health care for women across the nation.

Barbara Zdravecky, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, says her group appreciates that Komen reversed its earlier decision to stop grant funding for breast screenings and education to affiliates of Planned Parenthood.

Zdravecky says over the past week the voices that rose in support for the partnership between the Komen and Planned Parenthood will last well beyond the controversy. She believes the outpouring of support not only demonstrates a community united behind the fight against breast cancer, but also sends a clear message to those who wish to politicize women’s access to health care.

Zdravecky said donations from citizens poured in after news broke last Tuesday about Komen’s decision to no longer consider Planned Parenthood for grants.

Wendi Grassi, Director of Public Affairs for the local affiliate of Planned Parenthood, says an anonymous donor pledged a challenge grant of $300,000. As of this morning, an additional $60,000 has been raised to meet the matching requirement. While details of the future relationship between Komen and Planned Parenthood are yet to established, Zdravecky says Planned Parenthood is optimistic the partnership will be as strong as it has been in the past.

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