Senators to Komen: Restore Planned Parenthood Cuts

22 Democrats sign letter to breast cancer charity
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 2, 2012 2:02 PM CST
Senators to Komen: Restore Planned Parenthood Cuts
Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.   (AP Photo/Drew Angerer)

The outcry over the Susan G. Komen foundation's decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding has made its way to Capitol Hill. Some 22 Democratic senators—a large number for such an undertaking, notes the Plum Line blog at the Washington Post—have signed a letter calling on Komen to "reconsider its decision." More senators are expected to sign, and a GOP response would further escalate the battle.

The letter says the move "threatens to reduce access to necessary, life-saving services," noting that "Komen funding for Planned Parenthood has provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and resulted in 6,400 referrals for mammograms." It continues: "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." Click through for the full letter. Or click here to read how the Komen website got hacked. (Read more Democratic senators stories.)

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