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.
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.