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Yale Reviewing Decision to Invite Susan G. Komen Speaker for Commencement

In an all-too predictable bit of news from the Washington Post:

A Yale University spokesman said the School of Public Health is reviewing its decision to have Brinker speak at this year’s commencement.

The District-based American Association of University Women, a national women’s advocacy group with 1,000 branches across the country, said Thursday that it would no longer collaborate with Komen. The AAUW said it would not list Komen among the community service opportunities available to the 600 college women expected to attend the AAUW’s annual leadership conference in June. The headquarters office will also no longer sponsor Washington teams in the Race for the Cure and expects its branches to follow suit, said Lisa Maatz, the AAUW’s director of public policy and government relations.

“This whole thing is quite regrettable, and we would really like to see a different outcome,” Maatz said.

Komen board member John Raffaelli said the board voted unanimously in October to change its grant-making criteria, including adding a rule that bans grants to organizations under investigation. During that discussion, Thompson “forewarned us that it would mean Planned Parenthood would get hit by this,” Raffaelli said.

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