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    Tue, 07 Feb 2012 11:36:06

    The Decemberists Stop Supporting Susan G. Komen for the Cure - The are troubled by the org choosing to stop funding Planned Parenthood

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    The Decemberists have dissolved their support of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation after the organization's decision to stop providing funding for Planned Parenthood. The issue hits close to home for the band, since keyboardist Jenny Conlee suffered from breast cancer but is currently in remission. That's why the group is so passionate about the cause and is being vocal about its displeasure regarding these actions.

    The band is now back to supporting Planned Parenthood's Breast Health Emergency Fund since Komen withdrew funding for breast cancer examinations on Tuesday. Komen claimed that a change in their grants policy prevented them from contributing further, though Planned Parenthood insisted that the foundation had actually cave in after anti-abortion groups applied pressure.

    The band has now allocated funds from their "Team Jenny" t-shirts to Planned Parenthood.

    The band posted an explanation about the matter on its website:

    The Decemberists are deeply troubled by Komen for the Cure's recent decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, a vital resource in the battle against breast cancer. Providing cancer screenings to low income women is integral to the prevention and defeat of breast cancer and it is unconscionable that Komen should politicize this very important issue by bowing to the fear campaign being waged against PP by the right. We've decided to redirect the proceeds of the Team Jenny t-shirts and buttons away from Komen for the Cure. 100% of the net profits of these items will be instead donated to Planned Parenthood's Breast Health Emergency Fund.

    "Please help to support this essential institution. And, if you've supported the Team Jenny effort in the past, please write to Komen for the Cure via their site or via twitter (@komenforthecure) and let them know that undermining women's health for political reasons is unacceptable."

    We couldn't agree more.

    What's your take on the Komen org withdrawing funding for Planned Parenthood?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    02.07.12



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