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Planned Parenthood releases statement on Susan G. Komen Foundation decision

Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, released the following statement Friday about the Susan G. Komen Foundation's decision to reinstate funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide:

"The outpouring of support for women in need of lifesaving breast cancer screening this week has been astonishing and is a testament to our nation's compassion and sincerity.

"This show of support underscores what a critical resource Planned Parenthood is in the fight to detect and prevent breast cancer. We were so heartened by the calls and e-mails we received from people in our region, who made it clear that they did not like to see politics playing a role in women's health care.

"During the last week, millions spontaneously joined a national conversation about lifesaving breast cancer prevention care and reinforced shared values about access to health care for all. This compassionate outcry in support of those most in need rose above political, ideological, and cultural divides, and will surely be recognized as one of our nation's better moments during a contentious political time. Planned Parenthood thanks each and every person who has contributed to elevating the importance of breast cancer prevention for so many women in need.

"We are very happy the Susan G. Komen Foundation has had a change of heart. This decision will mean that women around the country who need lifesaving cancer screenings will still be able to access them."