FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Susan G. Komen foundation appears to have made-up with Planned Parenthood after a split that created a storm of protest.
It lifted the mood at Planned Parenthood Luncheon in Fort Worth. North Texas Planned Parenthood Communications Director, Kelly Hart, said, “We’re pleased. We’ve said from the beginning. We really treasured our partnership with Komen and would welcome a renewal of that partnership.”
The Komen Foundation is a leading force in the fight against breast cancer.
Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive health care provider.
Dee Dee Ellis has been going to a Planned Parenthood clinic in Dallas for 10 years. She’s 26.
“You schedule an appointment. They get you in and they get you out,” she said.
The Komen Foundation gives Planned Parenthood money for low cost mammograms.
When a uninsured or underinsured women needs a mammogram, Planned Parenthood gives her a referral to a facility that can do it.
Planned Parenthood has no in-house mammography machines. But the facility also provides health care for many other things.
“They provide pap smears, they do annuals. They do counseling. STD testing. HIV testing,” Ellis said.
If the clinic wasn’t there, where would Ellis go? “The local emergency room,” she answered.
Nancy Brinker, the Founder and CEO of The Susan G. Komen Foundation issued a statement apologizing to the American public for, “Recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.”
Catholic Pro-Life North Texas Communication Director, Becky Visosky, read the statement in its entirety. “I think there was nothing in that statement that was released today that indicates they’ve actually changed their policy.”
She said, Komen’s apology didn’t include promise to renew Planned Parenthood grants, only to make it eligible for future grants. She’ll wait and see. “I think people choose words carefully.”
The Komen Foundation gave nearly $700,000 to Planned Parenthood in the fight against breast cancer last year.
North Texas Planned Parenthood received 92-thousand dollars last year and covered the cost for 580 mammograms.
The Komen Foundation has promised to continue its current grant to North Texas Planned Parenthood. But that grant ends in April.