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Planned Parenthood NW Responds To Komen Cuts

Liz Jones

Officials with Planned Parenthood Northwest say the loss of funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation will hurt vulnerable women. KUOW's Liz Jones reports.


This week, the Komen Foundation cut hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual grants to Planned Parenthood. That includes about $75,000 for current projects in the Northwest, mostly for breast–cancer screening.

Kristen Glundberg–Prosser is a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood Northwest. She says the Komen funds paid for breast screenings in two parts of the region: in remote areas on Washington's Olympic Peninsula and among refugee groups in Idaho.

Prosser: "We will continue to do that. We're not going anywhere. We're going to continue doing that outreach. The Komen funding was very, very helpful because it allowed us into those very vulnerable populations."

Donations have been pouring in to Planned Parenthood this week. Komen officials say they pulled funding because Congress is investigating Planned Parenthood. And Komen just changed its policy. Now they don't give grants to organizations under investigation.

But critics say the decision is political and linked to pressure from anti–abortion activists.

Komen of Puget Sound declined an interview with KUOW, and several board members did not return our calls. But Board President Joni Earl said in an email that "the executive committee is very engaged with the national office about this change."

I'm Liz Jones, KUOW News.

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