Senator Patty Murray will be on E Madison Friday to help rally support for Planned Parenthood following a decision by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to end its support of the women’s health service provider. The 11:45 a.m. rally comes just hours after the Komen Foundation reversed its decision and pledged to maintain support for the organization.
The senator will speak at the E Madison health center, one of four Planned Parenthood facilities in the city.
A fifth is planned for First Hill as part of a decision by Swedish Medical Centers to no longer provide elective abortion services.
The Murray appearance is slated for 11:45 a.m. at the 2001 E Madison Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest headquarters.
The Dallas Morning News has posted a statement from the Komen Foundation announcing that it is reversing the decision to drop Planned Parenthood funding:
We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.
The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.
Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.