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. David

    Actually, we were all ready to support them…now…not so much….stand for what is right and not be swayed by the lack of morals from others in a society that is quickly more away from a country that once stood for something and now is swayed by everything…

    February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • BeRational

      There is no rational basis for calling abortion murder.

      People want to delude themselves into believing in eternal life. This requires belief in a soul. Abortion conflicts with the core of this fairytale because they assume a soul starts at conception.

      For many, accepting abortion as ethical necessarily contradicts their delusion of a soul and of their own eternal life. This upsets them greatly which is why you see so much anger and hatred coming from pro-lifers.

      February 3, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      You LOSE. Get over it. Komen managed to both alienate women (because, this issue has ALWAYS been about the rights of women, and the attempts of morality marauders to deprive women of those rights just proves that their message isn't strong enough to stand alone), AND they rallied public support for Planned Parenthood. All because some little idiotic zealot went too far. The right is collapsing under its pretense it was EVER in the majority.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • ColorMaven

      Don't worry. Komen has shown their true colors and the vast majority of us will no longer support them. They are responding to an outcry that is going to cost them big-time and the move is designed to save them from financially hemorrhaging to death – nothing more. People can give to breast cancer research without using Komen as an intermediary and not have their money/effort subjected to their political whims. Women across America see this for exactly what it is – a feeble attempt to stay afloat.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrick

      Abortion=murder is not supported by any facts, so no, you don't support the "right" position. But it is your right to support that position, so good luck witht that.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • patrick

      Given the wording, this probably isn't a blanket reversal.

      ""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."

      Sounds like they will allow all kinds of ways to cut back or eliminate the funding in the future.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. txshell

    too bad I already sent my contributions to Planned Parenthood.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Yes but this just means that they will slowly defund PP. Find another breast cancer charity to donate to.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc

      Just support Planned Parenthod. Their mission is pure – to support women's reproductive health. Period. That is not political – the anti-choice ignorants MAKE it political, because they have to create a demon to cover what they really want: to take away rights guaranteed by the Constitution. "Morality" has been the cry of the oppressor throughout history, and is the battle cry fro some of the most heinous acts that humans have inflicted upon others.

      That's NOT moral.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stacy

    Until they fire Karen Handel and restore some integrity and impartiality to their charity, I will still not be donating or purchasing anything with a pink ribbon on it.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Roger

      Ditto .....

      February 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • nichole

      Agree 100% Stacy

      February 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. M. Simons

    Komen claimed that had received donations from a lot of new donors since defunding PP? Right!!! That's the reason they
    reversed their decision, I suppose. More proof that money talks.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • balls

      you need money to fight cancer

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

    My comment goes from 'what were they thinking' to "I'm glad they are thinking" Politics aside, both organizations do so much good For women, it's time for hate groups to just shut up!

    February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  6. Good Job

    Good job. Thanks for supporting women's rights and their needs. Ignore the right-wingnuts and their desire to eliminate freedom for Americans.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tony

    Captain Caaaaaaavvveewoman! Hahahahahaha.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Amanda

    I'm disappointed in Komen for caving in to the politics of the abortion industry (and it IS an industry). Unlike the feminist radicals, though, I won't end my support for breast cancer research.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Primewonk

      Abortion services make up whopping 3% of Planned Parenthood's services.

      Perhaps if you would get your information from actual sources, and not the religious right (oxymoron), you would have known this.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maya - soccer mom

      you want to save the lives of the unborn fetuses but you care nothing about an intervention that will save the life of poor woman of this country. yes, our country really has deviated from the moral good.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • PC

      Many didn't stop their support of breast cancer they just chose to support it via a different place. Don't confuse the two. Sending a donation to another organization that aids in the prevention of breast cancer is a more than acceptable choice. Komen does not have the exclusive right to breast cancer money.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      ...but apparently you're happy to defund breast cancer screenings because an organization that performs this valuable service spends 3% of its total income on terminating unwanted pregnancies? (The same organization, of course, spending many, many, more times that on contraception services for women so that unwanted pregnancies never happen to begin with...)

      But, sure, demonize the "feminists" who prefer to give their money to an organization like Planned Parenthood that saves lives today, rather than fund a charity that, until a few minutes ago, was happy to throw women under the bus.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. eagle eyes

    This is a victory for women's health everywhere! Politics has no place between a doctor and their patient. Komen has been publicly shamed and damaged, I will never donate, work or walk for them again.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Obiter Dictum

      There is a difference between your reference and the ability of a corporation to choose who to give their money to. It sounds like you want it both ways.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Thought Komen was a charity, not a corporation.
      And eagle eyes is making the same choice by never having anything to do with Komen again.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Clint

    Good for Komen. It's time that America move away from being a half-step away form a Christian Theocracy.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. different strokes for different folks

    Fetus, not baby. Big difference, especially considering there is no widely excepted definition of life pre-birth. However, there is no denying that the women who utilized cancer screening at PP ARE LIVING! If you are not Pro-choice, that is your stance AMERICA 1st, BUT, that is obviously not the same opinion of the vast majority (or else the idea of pro-choice would not exist). As far as SGK goes, I will not support an organization who cannot stick to their organizational goals because of outside (political) influences...

    February 3, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • sameeker

      In Illinois, a person can be charged with murder for causing a woman to have a miscarriage, even through negligence and not intentional behavior. However, a woman can go terminate her pregnancy at will. Now is it a life or isn't it? You can't have it both ways.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Sam:

      Thought Komen was a charity, not a corporation.
      And eagle eyes is making the same choice by never having anything to do with Komen again.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jayakumar

    Finally, some common sense has dawned on SK. Really.. theyshould not be catering to the crazy anti-abortionists, instead theyshould be going with their mission statements which is to help and aid in curing breast cancer. PP provides valuable services to women to screen for breast cancer. Stopping funding would have seriously affected PP's ability to screen adn control breast cancer. Thank you Susan Kromen.

    February 3, 2012 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. pkbkr

    Glad they reversed the decision. Let's keep politics out of women's choices!!! when men start having children they can start making decisions re: choice. I am tired of our Congess and others trying to impose their restrictive opinions on women!

    February 3, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. buddget

    See not everyone that goes to a PP is getting an abortion. But since they might perform perform abortions , then everyone that goes to a PP has an abortion. Is this the logic that the RTL group is presenting?

    February 3, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Susan

    Planned Parenthood supports informing women of all they're choices. Providing information and education serves all women and should not be subject to any one groups opinion or agenda.

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