FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 3, 2012
CONTACT: Samantha Friedman
(202) 265-3000 (o); (202) 215-9260 (c)
NEW YORK – In response to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation's reversal of its decision earlier this week to cease contributing funding to Planned Parenthood, Marcie Natan, National President of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, today expressed appreciation for the return to focus on women's health issues. Her statement follows:
Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America (HWZOA), is pleased that the women's health community is returning to a consensus policy of non-politicization of our work. Our attention to the issues we deal with together — improving breast health, raising awareness of breast cancer symptoms, funding breast cancer screening, treatment and most importantly, research for a cure, and ensuring that those women who are the most vulnerable in our community have access to life-saving health services — simply cannot be inhibited by politics. There is no disputing that helping women — all women — protect themselves from cancer and receive treatment when it's needed — should be our top priority. Hadassah's mission includes ensuring that women and girls are protected, represented and empowered.
Hadassah is proud to continue our longstanding role as an advocate for a woman's right to choose and a strong supporter in the advancement of women's health. There is no time to waste. Komen should never again allow this type of controversy to erode the integrity of its well-known and much-admired name in fundraising for breast cancer treatment research and awareness.
Hadassah applauds the millions of women who have united in a shared message to ensure that together, women will continue to receive much needed services and that our focus on women's health will be continuously strengthened, never derailed again.
Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is celebrating its 100th year. Hadassah is the largest women's Zionist Jewish membership organization in the United States. In Israel, it supports medical care and research, education and youth programs, and reforestation and parks projects. In the United States, Hadassah promotes health education, social action and advocacy, volunteerism, Jewish education and research, Young Judaea and connections with Israel. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.