PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF NEW YORK CITY PRAISES KOMEN FOUNDATION’S BRAVE DECISION TO PUT WOMEN’S HEALTH BEFORE POLITICS
Statement of Joan Malin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood of New York City (2/3/12)
(New York, NY) – “Planned Parenthood of New York City joins women across the five boroughs – and across the country – in celebrating the Susan B. Komen Foundation’s decision to continue its long, successful partnership with Planned Parenthood in the fight against breast cancer.
“Like many organizations, the Komen Foundation has come under intense pressure from right-wing organizations that are more concerned with promoting ideology than protecting women’s health. After succumbing briefly to that pressure, and cutting off support to 19 breast health programs sponsored by Planned Parenthood affiliates, the foundation has rightly reversed course. Today it pledged to restore support for breast health programs run by Planned Parenthood health centers.
“The recent controversy has not directly affected Planned Parenthood of New York City, but we shared in the widespread dismay over Komen’s initial decision, and we applaud the foundation for having the courage and integrity to correct course. On behalf of all women, we congratulate the foundation – and look forward to resuming to our shared mission.”
Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers. Serving nearly 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers. As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.