Komen Agrees to Continue Funding Planned Parenthood And Supporting Latinas
02/03/2012 - 13:27 ||
Despite recent reports that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation would cut funding and preventive care for the non-profit family-planning organization Planned Parenthood, the foundation has decided to reverse its decision. “We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities," said the group.
Komen, which provides an annual average of $700,000 to the national non-profit, initially decided to cut funds a few months after Congress began a controversial investigation over whether Planned Parenthood illegally used federal funds to provide abortions to their patients. Twenty-two Democrats in the Senate signed a letter suggesting that Komen reconsider its plan.
Anti-abortion activists and politicians may have a target against the organization, but Planned Parenthood also provides cancer screenings, GYN services, and contraceptives to countless of uninsured women. On average about 40 percent of Latinas are uninsured, and 20 percent are more likely to develop breast cancer than Anglo women.
In addition, statistics show that almost a quarter of Planned Parenthood patients are Latina. “We should all be focused on finding ways to expand access to prevention services, not limit them,” said Destiny López, Director of Latino Engagement for Planned Parenthood in an interview with NBC Latino.
In light of the reversed funding cut, the group expressed to CNN, "Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process."