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2.3.12 Letter to Nancy Brinker_ KOMAN

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                                                Stacey Newman
                                                   State Representative                   Chair, House Progressive Caucus
                                                        District 73

        February 3, 2012


        Dear Ambassador Brinker,

        We, the Missouri Progressive Legislative Caucus, join with 26 U.S. Senators and 27 Congressmen and
        women (to date) in expressing our disappointment with Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to cut
        funding for breast cancer prevention, screening, and education at Planned Parenthood health centers.
        This troubling decision threatens to reduce women’s access to necessary, life-saving services.

        Just last week we introduced Missouri HCR24 affirming our support for family planning and wellness
        services which Missouri women depend on for their reproductive health. We urge Komen to reconsider
        its decision because it is simply wrong.

        For the past five years, grants to local affiliates of Planned Parenthood have been an important part of
        Planned Parenthood’s work to protect women from breast cancer. Komen funding for Planned
        Parenthood has provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and resulted in 6,400 referrals for
        mammograms. In 2011 alone, grants from Komen provided Planned Parenthood with roughly $650,000
        in funding for breast cancer prevention, screening, and education. According to a recent statement by
        Komen, “In some areas of the U.S., our affiliates have determined a Planned Parenthood clinic to be the
        best or only local place where women can receive breast health care.”

        It would be tragic if any woman —let alone thousands of women — lost access to these potentially life-
        saving screenings because of a politically motivated attack.

        We earnestly hope that you will put women’s health before partisan politics and reconsider this decision
        for the sake of the women who depend on both your organizations for access to the health care they
        need.
        Sincerely,

        Missouri House Progress Caucus: State Representatives Atkins, Carlson, Carter, Colona, Ellinger,
        Ellington, Gray Walton, Hughes, Jones (Tishaura), Kelly , Kirkton, Lampe, May, McCann Beatty, McCreery,
        McDonald, McGeoghean, McNeil, Montecillo, Morgan, Mott Oxford, Newman, Nichols, Pace, Pierson,
        Rizzo, Schupp, Sifton, Smith (Clem), Spreng, Still, Talboy, Taylor and Webb.

								
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