Transcript for Susan G. Komen Foundation Backlash
The national showdown underway at this moment over money health and politics millions of people across this country fired up and taking sides. The issue on one side the cancer organization that gave us pink ribbons to fight breast cancer. On the other Planned Parenthood where so many women get free tests for cancer treatment. So what happens ABC's Claire Shipman takes us into the heart of -- exploding story tonight Claire. I am a firestorm erupted when the Susan G. Komen foundation as you know that the nation's largest breast cancer charity. Announced that it would stopped giving funds have Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings and the controversy. Shows no sign of a beta. That ubiquitous pink ribbon for decades uniting women in the greater good -- sporting a black -- today. Thousands of women saying they will no longer support the komen foundation or by pink. Women like Monique Benoit who benefited from a komen Planned Parenthood mammogram. It's very disturbing that the whole thing has become a political tool and that Coleman. Is buying -- that. Common CEO Nancy Brinker spent the day and combat style crisis management strongly denying it was political pressure over Planned Parenthood abortion services that made them pull their money. The scurrilous accusations being hurled at this organization are profoundly hurtful Brinker says there are simply better and more streamline mammogram providers. Meanwhile Planned Parenthood no stranger to controversy. Under attack from Republicans on Capitol Hill. Found itself the beneficiary of a sympathetic fundraising windfall pulling in more than a million dollars including a 250000. Dollar donation from New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. We've heard from thousands of women. In the last two days and you're concerned -- our concern is just making sure that no woman loses care because of this decision. The -- surprisingly is over a very small portion of -- funds. Last year coming gave 2000 organization's 93 million dollars Planned Parenthood only got 680000. That covers just 35000. Of the 750000. Screenings Planned Parenthood offers each year. But symbolism can be everything as the foundation is now learning. When he two democratic senators are asking Coleman to reverse its decision and its site has been hacked by angry Planned Parenthood supporters. Some women we talked with around the country are puzzled and disappointed. I think it's really a shame I think that they're letting politics coming away people's health. But komen has gained some conservative support the Americans United for Life organization has declared its onboard for this year's race. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- All resignation from that komen foundation over this issue we're told there may be more. Help us get a sense of the big picture here -- I read a lot of these emails today. And and one woman wrote about the common foundation that she cannot support them anymore because -- politicized. Women's. Hell what happens next. Look I think a couple of things Diane certainly for an organization it's always prided itself on being a political politics is now front and center. But I think this also shows the passion in this country among women on the issue of women's health care access to services think we're gonna hear a lot more of that over this campaign here.
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