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. come on man

    Cowards...

    February 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • k

      cowards?

      More like one of the few groups out there to take a moment to actually consider something.

      And considering the underlaying issues are political all the more reason for independant thought.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blessings

      May God bless you, too.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BeRational

    That people would call abortion murder shows why religion is so poisonous to society.

    February 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • WretchedMan

      Why is it wrong for others to have a difference of opinion than you?

      I don't believe you are showing tolerance for the opinions of others.

      This is what it seems like your breakdown is:

      Abortion: okay = good
      Abortion: Murder = Unacceptable.

      I want to leave you with two question:

      Is it a baby in the mother's stomach?

      If so, finish the following sentence:

      It is okay to kill a baby in it's mother womb when __________

      February 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Me3

      Thank God they have reversed their decision and have decided not to cave to the religous right. The religious right are the same as Islamist jihadists. Organized religion has been the source of mysery throughout the ages from the Spanish Inquisition, the slaughter of Indians in South America, priest sex abuse, and Islamist suppression of womans rights in the Middle East. It is all the same, and it is all about money and power. It is time for the left to fight back

      February 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Abortion ends the life of an innocent human. It does not take a religious nut to see this is murder.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peter

      Abortion ends the life of an innocent human. It does not take a religious nut to see this is murder. This is scientific fact. For some, though, it takes religion to polint out that murder is wrong.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nothing new here

    Komen doesn't care about the PINK – only about the GREEN (as in money).
    And this organization will no longer be getting any of mine.
    Support your local PP chapter, or just give to other cancer prevention services.

    February 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blessings

      Now, they will get mine.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Glynda

      I SO agree with you!

      February 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jerry

    All the idiots that support PP are in essence supporting the killing of innocent/indefensible babies. I guess that comes with the freedoms we enjoy in America. The Komen Foundation should NEVER have rescinded their decision. I realize that the spendrift Democrats (including the clueless president) influenced Komen's decision. If this group of baby killers is so important to them; let them pay for all the continuation of baby killings!!!

    February 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      You'd have a point if you applied that morality to the living.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      As compared to the spendthrift Republicans right? Perhaps you pre-human primate conservatives should put your momey where your mouths are and pay to feed, clothe, and educate those babies you want to force women to have? Perhaps you should prove you are "pro life" instead of "pro birth" then abandonment?

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

      Except these funds were used for mammograms, not abortions so your logic is a bit off there pal.

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

      It's your choice...I do not get to make if for you...and you do not get to make it for me.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Not All Docs Play Golf

      Planned Parenthood PREVENTS unwanted preganancies, which is more good done for the cause of ending the need for abortion than anything you vigilante anti-abortion people achieve for the cause.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sheepleherder

      Educate yourself. Your life will become less miserable when you can discriminate truth from fiction.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Primewonk

      Jerry, let's imagine that you are inside a burning building. On your right is a week old baby in a bassinet. On your left is a cryo-vat with 100 frozen embyros inside. You can only carry one out. Do you save the week old babt? Or do you save the vat of frozen embryos? And why?

      February 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tillie in Texas

      Jerry, don't be mad at us. Because of what Komen did, Planned Parenthood has received more than $1million in donations in 2 days. Guess what? These small private donations can all be used to pay for abortions because it is NOT taxpayer money! Feel free to send Komen a thank you card for paying for the next million dollars worth of abortions, you idiot.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • 4sanity

      OK ....... I guess we'll see you on the picket line protesting the Iraq/Afghanistan war (killing of >100,000 adult, sentient human beings), on the picket line for every death row inmate (state sanctioned murder), on the picket line for gun control (31,000 Americans per year due to lack or regulation from a misguided Constitutional interpretation), and on the picket line against Ron Paul and all the other Republicans (for advocating slashing 1.3 % of GDP used as US foreign aid, including fighting malnutrition, infectious diseases etc. that causes >3 million needless deaths per year).

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

      Bless you, my son. Such hate.....

      February 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. yesorno

    You said it Joe.

    February 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    The heart of the pro-choice/pro-life debate revolves around an extremely contentious issue: what constitutes personhood? See below for my brief take on this.
    Most (if not all) pro-life advocates believe that life begins at conception. At that moment, a person is born. Though their body is still not complete, this little ball of rapidly deviding cells has a 'soul' and a God given identity and should, therefore, be protected. To a pro-lifer, the destruction of this 'young person' is tantamount to murder.
    On the other hand, pro-choice advocates believe that a person is the sum total of their thoughts, memories, experiences and choices. From this perspective, the early stages of fetal development don't constitute personhood because that would require a functioning brain and nervous system (which hasn't developed yet). If you adopt this view, that little ball of cells is just that... and nothing more. That said, most pro-choice folks are NOT advocates of late term/partial birth abortion. Why? At that stage, the boundaries between fetus and person become blurred (and the mother has had more then enough time to decide whether its in her best interest to have the baby).

    February 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 4sanity

    Politicizing women's breast cancer screening to score points for an anti-abortion agenda – seriously ?!? I'm so disgusted with political hacks infiltrating charities and using them to spread their distorted ideologies, that I'll find other means to contribute towards cancer research. VP Karen Handel must go.

    February 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    This is why our society is further splitting into two polarized groups, a frightening scenario that recalls the mid-19th century.
    Komen's funding to PP is a drop in the bucket – it's not about the money, it's about the ideology.
    Everyone supports protecting women's health. However, PP will not separate abortion from that core focus. You believers in PP need to either realize what is going on, or at least be honest about your ideology. The rhetoric is just that. It's all about abortions.
    Let's break PP into a women's health organization and an abortion provider and see where people put their money.
    Hypocrites beware.

    February 3, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blessings

      Takes one to know one. Blessings upon you.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    they need to fire Karen Handle IMMEDIATELY

    February 3, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Andrew

    Don't expect me to pay for your "mistake" abortions either.
    I'm pro choice, but you need to pay for your own choices and the consequences that occur from them.
    Personal responsibility.

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

      What are the odds that you're going to be pregnant any time soon? Zero. Cushy place to preach from, huh?

      February 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Except your taxes do not pay for abortions…

      February 3, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. EL

    Good going Komen, guilty until proven innocent. You will never see a dime from me again!

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

      For every dime you don't give, someone will take up the slack.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. NW1000

    Everybody knows Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill.
    That was Margaret Sanger's original mission, to abort the black "race" out of existence.

    Anyway, the Government said last year women don't need near as many mammograms anymore.

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

      "Everybody knows Planned Parenthood is an abortion mill.
      That was Margaret Sanger's original mission, to abort the black "race" out of existence."

      jeez. ok pal,. whatever you say.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tillie in Texas

      Aww, honey.... did your miss your meds this am? Bless your heart.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Blessings

      Oh, such hate. WOW.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RE McKay

    Do not support them at all. The founder has proven that she is in it for the money and could car less about ANYONE's health. There are plenty of other breast cancer organizations that need your support!

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

      I, and many more will support them. Sorry, don't orders from you. Bless you.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Keiron O'Connell

    Power to the people!

    February 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeepers

    I say, if you disagree with your tax money specifically going towards abortion, fine. That's a legitimate gripe. If you want to do work to help educate impoverished young women and guide them towards other options besides abortion, good for you. More power to you.

    But to try to completely shut down Planned Parenthood, which does way more than just abortions is misguided. Putting pressure on Komen to withdraw funds for breast cancer screenings?!?! Shame on those responsible for that. You can't see the forest for the trees.

    February 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cedar Rapids

      They dont care who they hurt as long as they achieve their goal.

      February 3, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
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