LINCOLN — Nebraska Right to Life will skip a Nebraska Republican Party dinner because of a silent auction benefiting the Nebraska affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Julie Schmit-Albin, the anti-abortion group's executive director, said the decision was made because of Komen's ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest abortion provider.
“This does not send a consistent message when the Republican National Committee just voted at its meeting last week to promote legislative avenues to de-fund Planned Parenthood,” she said, in an email directed to GOP Chairman Mark Fahleson and shared with news media Friday.
In the email, Schmit-Albin said the state Right to Life group would not buy its usual pair of tickets to the senators' appreciation dinner on Feb. 28. She referenced the controversy that erupted a year ago nationally about Komen and Planned Parenthood.
Komen first announced it would stop providing grants to Planned Parenthood for breast examinations and related services. The national breast cancer charity backtracked after a few days, in the face of intense public pressure.
Jordan McGrain, the state GOP's executive director, said the auction was intended to raise awareness for breast cancer research “given the direct impact of the disease on our former Republican speaker Mike Flood and his wife, Mandi.”
But he said the party values its long working relationship with Nebraska Right to Life and would work to find a compromise.
Mandi Flood has been undergoing breast cancer treatment after being diagnosed late last year at age 36.
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