By Senator Mark Udall
UPDATE (2/3/12): Welcome news today -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure reversed its position and will continue providing funds to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer prevention services and screening. But it shouldn't have come to this -- women's health care should never be used as a political football. I applaud Colorado's Denver and Aspen Komen affiliates for making a principled decision to oppose this move, which I'm certain helped the national organization realize its mistake. When Susan G. Komen's national office directed Colorado's affiliates to end their critical relationship with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains for unclear and mercurial reasons, the Denver and Aspen affiliates stood up for the health of our state's most vulnerable women. I hope today's reversal is the end of this unfortunate controversy, and that Komen and Planned Parenthood can again focus on their important mission -- improving women's health care.
Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) does important work to educate women about breast cancer and provide screening exams that are critical to early detection. I applaud Komen's Denver affiliate for pushing back on their national organization and insisting that they be allowed to continue providing grants to PPRM, which help ensure access to affordable, life-saving services for Colorado women on the Front Range. Women's health should never be used as a political football, and I hope the national organization of Susan G. Komen reverses its decision to end its partnership with Planned Parenthood elsewhere in our state and across the country.