Hagan to Komen: Reconsider grants for women’s health

UPDATE: The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has announced plans to restore funding to Planned Parenthood. The move follows intense public criticism for the foundation’s decision earlier this week to no longer provide Planned Parenthood with grants to cover the cost of  breast cancer exams.

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan is joining the growing outcry over Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to end its grants to Planned Parenthood to fund breast exams.

Hagan issued the following statement Friday morning:

“I am deeply disappointed that Susan G. Komen for the Cure has pulled grant funding for preventive care, screenings, mammograms and education at Planned Parenthood clinics around the country.

More than 25,000 North Carolinians depend on Planned Parenthood for health and education services including breast health care that saves lives and saves families.

The women who depend on this care don’t deserve to be caught in the crossfire of politically motivated attacks. Unfortunately, most of us know at least one person whose life has been affected by breast cancer. We need to use every tool in the toolbox to fight this terrible disease.

I urge Susan G. Komen for the Cure to reconsider this decision for the sake of women’s health in North Carolina and around the country.”

Hagan along with more than two dozen U.S. Senators have urged the Komen charity to put women’s health before partisan politics.

Komen founder Nancy Brinker has insisted that the organization’s decision had nothing to do with abortion or politics.


  1. Earl Barber

    February 3, 2012 at 10:47 am

    “Komen founder Nancy Brinker has insisted that the organization’s decision had nothing to do with abortion or politics.”

    I call that, to quote General Norman Schwarzkopf, “Bovine scatology”

    Planned Parenthood estimates that through their family planning/birth control services that they PREVENT 220,000 abortions per year.

    Isn’t that something one would think the right wing would support?

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  3. Louie

    February 3, 2012 at 11:40 am

    a lot of pro-choice women are going to vote against the Republicans becausde of this. The Rethugs are in huge trouble.

  4. david esmay

    February 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I’ve been married a long time, and one thing I know for sure, you don’t piss women off. James Matthews the South Africa poet told me when I was in the under-graduate writer’s work shop at the U of Iowa, ” David, a woman can twist a knife deeper than any man.” I had no idea what he meant until I got married and realized that someone who could pass something the size of a watermelon, then turn around and do it again, possessed a will far greater than any man’s. The right wing doesn’t get it. I think the best quote I’ve seen lately is from Cecile Roberts about the politization of women’s health issues,” If men got pregnant, abortion wouldn’t be an issue and birth control would be a sacrament.”

  5. Jack

    February 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    David, as far as Susan G. Komen that doesn’t seem to be true. The women of this country were quickly abandoned because of some rough and tumble politics. Which brings up the question: Is Komen an organiation of women for women?

    Komen sent a message loud and clear. If Komen feels their money is threatened they will abandon the cause for political security even if it means turning its back on so many women in need. First the right-wingers cut funding to services at all levels and now a private organization cuts off its funding.

    People, this is the world the RIGHT wants to create. The RIGHT wants to be feared so that all they have to do is simply send a message out and those that can’t stand the heat will fold like a cheap suit. Komen didn’t want to look bad by associating with Planned Parenthood.

    I do not want to live in such a world and I will vote accordingly come November’s general election.

  6. Frances Jenkins

    February 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

    Your staff did a poor job of researching this topic. The head of these organizations make more than the President or members of Congress. This money could have been spent on services for the poor but then it is not about the poor. The poor are political pawns used by the Democrats. Shame on you for pandering to the left and not trying to help the poor.

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