Local Fallout from Komen's Cut in Planned Parenthood Funding
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Local Fallout from Komen's Cut in Planned Parenthood Funding

After the Susan G. Komen Foundation de-funded Planned Parenthood, new donors have rushed to fill the gap, with $650,000 from donors in 24 hours. On our partial rebroadcast of today's To the Point, did "right to life" groups pressure the Komen Foundation to withdraw support for Planned Parenthood? Then, we get the local perspective. Also, Pomona College fires workers for a lack of legal documentation.

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Susan G. Komen Decision on Planned Parenthood Sparks Backlash ()

Since 1982, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has helped bring down breast cancer rates, in part with support for mammograms conducted by Planned Parenthood. Now, Komen has cut that funding, saying that it has done so because that group is "under investigation." The decision has sparked a backlash and, in reaction, Planned Parenthood received $650,000 from other donors in just 24 hours.



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Local Fallout from the Cut in Planned Parenthood Funding ()

A few minutes ago, we heard about the backlash in favor of Planned Parenthood after the cutoff of funds by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Seven California Komen affiliates are trying to get the national to change its policies. Both organizations have offices in California. We hear from the Komen office in San Diego and from Planned Parenthood for Orange and San Bernardino Counties.

On a related note, Komen's executive director in Los Angeles County, Deb Anthony, has resigned from her position, but she is not saying it's about the Planned Parenthood flap. She says, after "several decisions" over the past year, "my skills and talents no longer fit their model."


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Worker Firings Inflame Pomona College Campus ()

The quiet campus of Pomona College in Claremont is embroiled in an angry dispute over the firing of kitchen workers found to lack proof of legal documentation. The New York Times has reported that some current students and some alumni of Pomona College are outraged over the firing of 17 workers, who were unable to produce proof that they were in the country legally. Some had been at the college for decades in the only jobs they'd ever had since immigrating to this country. Pomona is a liberal institution, and the administration is being accused of violating its ideals by starting an investigation because the workers were trying to form a union.



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