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Lawmakers decry action vs. Planned Parenthood

Some Bay Area House members are going bananas over the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s decision to stop funding breast-cancer exams through Planned Parenthood health centers.

Here’s a clip of Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, speaking about it on the House floor today:

Speier, along with Reps. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland; Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose; Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto; and Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, were among 17 female California House Democrats who issued this joint statement:

“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.”

And, from U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif.:

“I was perplexed and troubled to see the decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to cut off funding for life-saving breast cancer screenings through Planned Parenthood because of a political witch hunt by House Republicans. I truly hope that they will reconsider this decision and put the needs of women first.”

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