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Statement from Peter J. Durkin, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
on reversal of Komen Foundation’s decision to sever ties with Planned Parenthood.

“We are so grateful that the Komen Foundation has reversed their decision to end their long-time partnership with Planned Parenthood.  We have seen an outpouring of support for women’s health and access to lifesaving cancer screenings they receive at Planned Parenthood health centers.  It has been truly amazing to see and hear so many people in our communities and across the nation, who believe in access to health care for all, and who wholeheartedly disagree with political interference in health care. This compassionate outcry in support of those most in need rose above political, ideological, and cultural divides, and will surely be recognized as one of our nation's better moments during a contentious political time.  Planned Parenthood thanks each and every person who has contributed to elevating the importance of breast cancer prevention for so many women in need.
“We are heartened that we can continue to work in partnership toward our shared commitment to breast health for the most underserved women.  We are enormously grateful that the Komen Foundation has clarified its grant making criteria, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Komen partners, leaders and volunteers.  What these past few days have demonstrated is the deep resolve all Americans share in the fight against cancer, and we honor those who are at the helm of this battle.
“Planned Parenthood has been a trusted partner with the Komen Foundation in early cancer detection and prevention services.  In particular, Planned Parenthood helps the Komen Foundation reach vulnerable populations — low-income women, African-American women, and Latinas — especially in rural areas and underserved communities where Planned Parenthood health centers are their only source of health care.  With Komen Foundation grants, over the past five years, Planned Parenthood health centers provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and more than 6,400 mammogram referrals.  With the outpouring of support over the past week, even more women in need will receive lifesaving breast cancer care. “

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