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Local Reaction To Planned Parenthood Funding Flip-Flop

SPOKANE, Wash. - Employees at Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest were relieved Friday to hear that the Susan G. Komen Foundation would re-instate funding for breast cancer exams, just days after it was cut.

     For the last 4 years, Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest has received about $80,000 from the Komen Foundation.

     The grants have allowed women under 40 who have no insurance or funding source to still receive care.

     Last year the local non-profit screened over 3, 500 women in Spokane County for breast cancer, as well as donating $1.2 million in charity care, including exams, biopsies and referrals.

     News on Tuesday of the cut in funding sparked an immediate backlash nationwide and within 3 days the Komen Foundation reversed their decision.

     Employees have seen and outpouring of support from donors, but are still concerned about their patients.

      Even with cuts, they say they would have found a way to help their clients, but the support from the Komen Foundation makes a big difference.

     Planned Parenthood has just applied for another $30,000 dollar grant from the foundation.

     No word yet if they will receive that money.

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