February 3rd, 2012
11:29 AM ET

Komen reverses decision to stop Planned Parenthood funding

The Susan G. Komen foundation has reversed a controversial decision not to renew funding for Planned Parenthood projects for breast cancer screenings, the group said in a statement Friday.

"We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," the group said.

"We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities," the group  said.

The announcement comes three days after Komen, a group supporting breast cancer research, said it would stop the funding, saying that it decided it would no longer fund groups under federal investigation. Congress in September began investigating whether Planned Parenthood, a prominent family planning organization, illegally used federal funds to provide abortions.

But on Friday, Komen said that it would "amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political."

"Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer.  Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process," the group said.

Some Planned Parenthood supporters had alleged the decision to withhold funding also had to do with abortion. Anti-abortion advocates around the country had questioned the Komen foundation about its grants for months, prompting the foundation to release a statement last year saying that "Komen funding is used exclusively to provide breast cancer programs."

In Washington, at least 22 Senate Democrats signed a letter calling on Komen to reconsider its decision.

CREDO, which describes itself as the largest corporate donor to Planned Parenthood, said Thursday that 250,000 of its members had signed a petition urging the Komen foundation to reverse its decision.

"The move is clearly connected to attempts by Republicans in Congress to defund Planned Parenthood," the organization said in a statement.

Planned Parenthood said funding from the Komen foundation has largely paid for breast exams at local centers. In the last five years, grants from the group have directly supported 170,000 screenings, making up about 4% of the total exams performed at Planned Parenthood health centers nationwide, according to the group.

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  1. Get Real

    Excellent news! But don't expect that will increase your donations. You've already identified yourself as pandering to the lunatic conservatives so hopefully the funds you give to PP come directly from salary reductions from your idiotic leadership team.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. ChrkeePrde

    Choose whatever... just don't kill the other human being inside you... he has rights too, you know.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      That is for the mother to decide if she wants to continue to carry on the pregnancy. No one else will ever decide this. This will never be changed. Get it? Whether abortion is legal or not, it will always be here. When will you grow up in your thinking?

      February 3, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  3. Diana

    The damage is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay done!!! Now SGK can have an annual walk if they want to, but it won't compare to the Planned Parenthood walk for the same purpose. MARCH ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD from a loyal supporter!!!!!

    February 3, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sarah

    This isn't about supporting abortions. Planned Parenthood does more than that. They offer free or subsidized health care for women- this includes cancer screenings, birth control, and gynecological exams. It doesn't matter if you are pro-choice or pro-life, but that you care enough for women who don't want cancer to take their lives. This money ONLY funds for screenings and can catch early enough to protect themselves.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. barabbas2011

    If you don't need an abortion don't get one and then try to mind your own business.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Clicky

    With this news, I support both organizations. I was disappointed that they SGK fell victim to a classic divide and conquer.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  7. dr.pepper

    I dont trust either organization.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kommoncents

    SGK are a bunch of hypocrites. Too late. Not one more penny EVER! There are endless ways to give towards Cancer cures...

    February 3, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mark L.

    I would like to know what Karen Handel's opinion is. Her real opinion, without qualifiers.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  10. Robin

    You can't be both pro-life and anti-zombie.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. Karen

    until they change their minds again???? I will not donate another dime to Komen!

    February 3, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. ksobserver

    Doesn't change my mind about donation to Komen. I was regular small annual donor, this stupid action has made me vow to never, ever again donate to them. Instead Planned Parenthood will get my donation and it will a larger one than I ever gave Komen. Komen will never again have any pink flags, anywhere on any of my property and I will not support any ofther activities.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. LeeCMH

    Yay!!!!! Let's now watch the mean-spirited hateful Christians spew venom.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. dREW

    Glad to see that the pressure of the ultra-conservative moral right is not as strong as it use to be and that majority public response and reason have prevailed this time...

    February 3, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  15. lookatthis

    Wonderful..Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation showed their true colors. Just like politicians and other schmucks in the world.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
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