Planned Parenthood of North Texas expresses deep disappointment in response to the Susan G.

Komen for the Cure Foundation’s decision to stop funding breast cancer prevention, screenings, and education at Planned Parenthood health centers. Antiwomen’s health groups have repeatedly targeted and boycotted the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation for partnering with Planned Parenthood to provide these lifesaving cancer screenings and news articles suggest that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation ultimately succumbed to these pressures. “As a health care provider to approximately 80,000 women in our community, Planned Parenthood of North Texas is trusted a leader in helping women identify breast cancer early,” states Ken Lambrecht, President and CEO. “Locally, we are a longtime recipient of funds from Komen of Dallas, and through their grants over the last three years, Planned Parenthood of North Texas has facilitated the provision of 1,757 mammograms (about 580 a year) and diagnosis of 10 cancers for low-income women who would not otherwise be able to afford mammograms.” “I am heartsick to learn that Komen is eliminating its support for these vitally needed breast exams at Planned Parenthood,” said Lisa Kraus, Board Chair of Planned Parenthood of North Texas, and a breast cancer survivor. “To ensure that despite Komen’s decision, low-income women in our community will be able to continue to depend on Planned Parenthood for preventive breast exams, I am proud to support the newly-created Breast Health Fund that the Fikes family of North Texas has established. I am proud to stand with Planned Parenthood and the women of our community to ensure that they can continue to receive preventive, life-saving cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood’s 21 health centers in North Texas.” In the last few weeks, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has begun notifying local Planned Parenthood programs that their breast cancer initiatives will not be eligible for new grants (beyond existing agreements or plans). The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s leadership did not respond to Planned Parenthood requests to meet with the Foundation’s Board of Directors about the decision. One in five women in America has come to a Planned Parenthood at some point in her life. More than 90% of Planned Parenthood health care services are preventive in nature, including lifesaving cancer screenings, birth control, testing for and treatment of STDs, breast health services, Pap tests, and sexual health education and information.