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Iowans react to Komen reversal


People throughout Iowa reacted to the news that Susan G. Komen for the Cure reversed its decision Friday and would restore funding to Planned Parenthood.

Nancy Hanson of Iowa City has witnessed the devastating effects of breast cancer.

"I have a father and sister who are breast cancer survivors, so obviously it's a subject that's close to my heart," Hanson said.

Hanson, who has been a supporter of Komen, says she is glad the organization changed its mind.

"I was really disappointed with them when they pulled their funding for Planned Parenthood because that's also a good organization does a lot of good for women, so I'm very happy that they restored funding."

Not everybody we spoke with was as forgiving.  Multiple people who asked not to be on camera, say the damage has already been done, and they will no longer continue to support Komen.

"People were saying that they weren't going to participate in Komen's activities or fundraising anymore," said Christina Carberry, president of the University of Iowa Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance.

Leaders with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland say they aren't holding any grudges.  The reversal will be crucial to expanding access to breast health screening initiatives for those in need in Iowa. 

"I welcome their partnership.  This is what I had hoped would happen and I think both organizations are smart enough and strong enough to understand that we have to put our patients first and let bygons be bygons," said Planned Parenthood of the Heartland President and CEO Jill June.



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