Komen Pulls Planned Parenthood Funding

RENO, NV - For the last three years, Sparks resident Theresa Cox has been battling an aggressive form of breast cancer.

6 rounds of chemo, 4 surgeries—she has the t-shirt to prove it.

A pink Susan G Komen short sleeved t that says, “Survivor” on the front, and on the back: "we are united in promise and hope."

“Who "we" are. Is it just we if we are in the right political party? Is it we if you have insurance?” asks Theresa

Her questions come from Komen's recent decision to drop Planned Parenthood from its list of contributions.

Over the past five years Reno's Planned Parenthood has received more than $200,000 for self breast education, mammograms, and ultra sounds for women who have no insurance or are low income.

Our calls to the local Komen office went unanswered.

“We are looking at policies and procedures to make sure we are dong the right thing for our supporters and the women we serve,” Nancy Brinker, the founder of Susan G Komen says.

Brinker put a three minute announcement on the front of their web page where she explains the decisions she’s made.

“We are working to eliminate duplicitous grants bringing more dollars into higher impact programs,” Brinker says on the video.

“Planned Parenthoods throughout the country is really providing a wide variety of health services and we are here. We are going to be here. You can count on us,” says Pat Elzy, with Planned Parenthood Mar Monte in Reno.

Boomtown sponsored last year's event--so popular it caused traffic problems on Interstate 80.

We don't know if the turnout will be as great this year.

That’s because instead of seeing pink, some Komen supporters are seeing red.
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