STATEMENT BY COUNCIL SPEAKER CHRISTINE C. QUINN
Re: Susan G. Komen Foundation withdrawal of funding for breast cancer exams at Planned Parenthood facilities
"The decision of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to cut off funding for breast cancer exams at Planned Parenthood health centers is disappointing, and despite their protests to the contrary, appear to be a direct result of years of pressure from opponents of women's healthcare.
"Planned Parenthood helps tens of thousands of women nationwide identify breast cancer early when there is the best chance of successful treatment. Although this does not directly affect New Yorkers, the politicization of breast cancer screening funding decisions by Susan G. Komen will certainly affect all women across the country.
"Komen has been a trusted leader in the fight against breast cancer for many years. I'm disappointed that an organization which has done so much good for women and their health has capitulated to anti-choice ideologues and made a terribly damaging decision."