Women’s Health Trumps Politics
DENVER – Tonight Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains applauds the brave and courageous move by the Denver and Aspen affiliates of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation to put women’s health above a politically-motivated decision that would have halted funding breast cancer prevention, screenings, and education at Planned Parenthood health centers in Colorado.
“The decision by Denver Komen and Aspen Komen to break from its national office over a poorly-thought out policy sends a strong signal about the importance to do what is best for our communities. Both Planned Parenthood and Komen share a common goal and vision – and that is to advance women’s health,” said PPRM President and CEO Vicki Cowart. “We know people depend on both our organizations to serve and support low income and underinsured or uninsured individuals across our state.”
Planned Parenthood health centers in Colorado, in an average year, care for 1,000 patients through Komen funding, several hundred of whom are referred out for additional diagnostic services. Women often receive breast healthcare through reproductive health care providers and as part of well-woman annual exams, making it especially important to ensure that safety-net providers like Planned Parenthood are able to offer these critical prevention services without interruption or delay.
“We hope tonight sends a strong signal that when it comes to the issue of women’s health, there is no room for politics,” said Cowart.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains empowers individuals and families in the communities we serve to make informed choices about their sexual and reproductive health by providing high quality health services, comprehensive sex education, and strategic advocacy. More than 123,000 women, men, and young adults annually visit our 28 health centers throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Southern Nevada, and Wyoming. Since 1916, we have been the region’s most trusted provider of reproductive health care. For more information about Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, call1.800.230.PLAN or visit pprm.org for the health center nearest you.
February 03, 2012