On Friday Komen announced that its local chapters have awarded grants to at least 17 Planned Parenthood affiliates for breast-cancer screenings and breast-health services for the coming fiscal year. The grants are reportedly comparable in number and dollar value to what Planned Parenthood received last year.
For context, last year Komen awarded $680,000 in grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates which helped about 170,000 women, most of them low-income and in areas with few if any clinics accessible to them.
Planned Parenthood welcomed the funding and the chance to repair the relationship with Komen. “Planned Parenthood affiliates are grateful for the grants that provide important funding for breast health care,” Planned Parenthood’s communications vice president Eric Ferrero said in a statement.
Since its very public and political break with Planned Parenthood earlier in the year Komen has struggled raising money. The original decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood came after consistent pressure from anti-abortion activists, including the Catholic Bishops.
Making sure all women have access to affordable cancer screening is a critical public health need and this is a step in the right direction. But the unending politicization of the services Planned Parenthood provides assures this is an issue that is not going away anytime soon.
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