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. Alexishere

    Well said!

    February 3, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lily

    I am saddened by this decision. I wish that the Komen Foundation would have been strong in the face of the opposition and stuck with their original decision!

    February 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. leeintulsa

    i think it is kinda lame they can't stand for something.. i'm pro choice and all..

    but, surely they anticipated the effect it would have? whoever chose to do it should be run out of town.

    or maybe it was genious.. someone said they were both raking it in after the story broke.. everybody just got played..?

    i'd prefer to think they are stupid. if they're gonna stand for something, they should stand for it, whoever's side they are on.

    February 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • River Sea

      Perhaps its safe to assume the wackos have infiltrated the board room. Wealthy religious nuts ho have no idea how science works and are letting faith guide them. time to donate elsewhere for awhile until they clean up their crazies entirely. They do good..but I imagine too much money is spent pampering these ladies...not to mention wasting time and monies on suing folks!

      February 3, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ivorylena

    My family member had a abortion at planned parenthood. Three days afterwards she went to the ER for sepsis. She had to get an emergency D&C along with a three day hospital stay. Planned parenthood paid the ENTIRE hospital bill which was close to 50K. I wonder where that money came from? Technically I guess it would be considered a legal settlement on paper? I wonder how many others this has happened to.

    February 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • River Sea

      How often? Statistically PP abortion complications are far lower than most hospital mistakes. Medicine is not perfect.

      Besides, your "experience" seems to be lifted word for word from an antichoice website. Keep it up: you will be responsible for the 100O's of deaths that would result from life without PP.

      February 3, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sense

    Pregnant women do not give birth to chickens or cats. Hiding behind terms like "embryo" does not change the fact that conception is the beginning of a human life, totally dependent while in the womb AND for a a long time after leaving. PP has taken thousands upon thousands of human lives. By the way, call a few PP centers and ask whether they provide mammograms. PP isn't about cancer detection This claim to funding is just more of the business they have always been in – telling lies to women.

    February 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      If you want to take the embryo out of me and raise it on your own, you are welcome. But you can't make me keep it in my body. How's that?

      February 3, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. lifer2012

    I wont take "prolifes" on the Republican side until they actually want to help actual living breathing children on This planet. The second That embryo exits the womb they want nothing to do With it. Don't want To supply them With basic healthcare don't want to help them eat a good nutritious school lunch....they don't care. Its all a defense of a symbol and not real....

    February 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mamashotme

    kudos to PP.

    February 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Terri

    Funny, the story is about breast cancer but comments are mostly about abortion. Ridiculous. No wonder this country is in a shambles, no one can focus on one subject at a time.

    February 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Terri

    It is so ironic that many people think the way to reduce abortions is to reduce the opportunity for birth control, rather self defeating.

    February 3, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. john

    Fernace is the only one here that made any sense at all....
    ... All you pro life want to force your way on the rest of the world. We are entitled to our own opinions.

    February 3, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Fernace said that PP is not an abortion mill. That is true. She also said taxpayer money is not used for abortions at PP. Also true.
    She said if one is pro-life, that is one’s right…also true.
    She further stated that a person should stay out of another’s personally business, especially if said business doesn’t concern them….
    So where is all of the nonsense?
    If you wanted you get your stats out there, why attack what is true?
    Because everything fernace said IS true.

    February 3, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robyn Wakefield-Murphy

    Your comment makes no logical sense. Planned Parenthood has not CAUSED child abuse. No one at PP has ever held a gun to a parents head to make them abuse their children. That decision was the parents alone. Some people should never have children. Period.

    I can agree that birth control has increased dramatically and THANK GOD because there would be MORE child abuse cases if it weren't for birth control. Some people should just never ever be parents. Birth control prevents that!

    February 3, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pete/Ark

    Flip-flopped,retracted,and folded faster than Mitt Romney on poverty.

    February 3, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chris

    I told the girls at my office today that I will never donate to Komen again. Don't even think of coming to me for money. I will donate to PP from this day forward. Mistakes have long term consequences and Komen has shown that they are in bed with the republicans.

    February 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BALTHOR

    There's no such think as pregnancy.

    February 3, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
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