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Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder defends Planned Parenthood decision

Nancy G. Brinker says abortion is not the reason that grants for breast cancer exams are being cut off. Lawmakers, women's health advocates and others continue to criticize the move, and both groups see donations pour in.

February 02, 2012|By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times

"I'm sad," said Dr. Susan Love, president of the Santa Monica-based Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, which released a statement decrying the Komen move. "Whether you're pro-choice or pro-life, it doesn't really matter because it's a separate issue. What Planned Parenthood is doing is giving [referrals for] mammograms and [providing] breast exams — helping women who don't have access to that care."

Love's sister-in-law, Tina, 45, visited Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening five years ago. Worried about a suspicious breast lump, but without health insurance, the Santa Barbara-based independent filmmaker had ignored the mass until it grew larger. The lump turned out to be cancerous.

Tina Love was treated and is now cancer-free. She said she might never have caught the cancer at an early stage had Planned Parenthood services not been available.

"I might have just brushed it off," she said.

shari.roan@latimes.com

Staff writers Amina Khan, Eryn Brown, Jeannine Stein and Kathleen Hennessey contributed to this report.

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