Komen Foundation reverses funding decision, excites Wilmington Planned Parenthood
WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY)– The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s funding for Planned Parenthood is back on. Wilmington Planned Parenthood is excited about the move and looks forward to possibly working with the Komen Foundation in the future.
“It’s a fantastic thing and the people that benefit are the women, the women that come to us,” said Suzanne Wertman, a clinician at Wilmington Planned Parenthood. “That’s what we are really happy about, that no one suffers.”
Wertman says that all too often she sees women in need of financial help as they are unable to afford a mammogram at her office. Nationally the Komen Foundation used to assist women in those kind of situations but that changed earlier in the week wehn they decided to drop funding for Planned Parenthood.
The backlash since then was huge, leading to the Komen Foundation changing their decision.
“A crazy week is probably a good way to describe it,” said NC Triangle Komen Foundation Interim Executive Director, Kathy Burns. “We have had a lot of calls into the organization since Komen national made that decision. Our response is to let our national organization know how people fare feeling about the issue.”
The NC Triangle branch of the Komen Foundation is not officially providing any grants to the states coastal region yet. They say in the future they are looking to get more involved in Wilmington and possibly the Planned Parenthood clinic if the clinic applies for a grant.
“We’re excited about the possibilities in the Wilmington area,” said Burns. “In the coastal region there is a great deal of need down there and I think we have certainly had the history and the background to help out in that area.”
Wilmington Planned Parenthood says the more involved the Komen Foundation gets in the area, the better.
“Together we can do great things, divided we will fail miserably,” said Wertman.
Wilmington Planned Parenthood also says that during the controversy this week they received a few direct donations from concerned residents.
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