Washington, DC – Today 17 women members of the California Democratic Congressional Delegation, led by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), released the following statement in response to the Susan G. Komen Foundation's decision to bar Planned Parenthood from receiving grants:
"As the largest number of women legislators in Congress, we have come together to express our concern and displeasure over Susan G. Komen's decision. Caving to a Congressional right-wing witch hunt won't just hurt Planned Parenthood, it sets back women's health. Funding from Susan G. Komen has allowed Planned Parenthood to provide nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams in the past five years as well as more than 6,400 mammogram referrals. One in five women in America has gone to Planned Parenthood at some point in her life, and as science has shown, early detection is the key to survival. For the sake of women's health we sincerely hope that Komen will reconsider their decision, and until then, we do not plan to work with the national foundation."
This statement is from the following Representatives: Karen Bass; Lois Capps; Judy Chu; Susan Davis; Anna G. Eshoo; Janice Hahn; Barbara Lee; Zoe Lofgren; Doris Matsui; Grace Napolitano; Laura Richardson; Lucille Roybal-Allard; Linda Sanchez; Loretta Sanchez; Jackie Speier; Maxine Waters; and Lynn Woolsey