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Updated: Komen Reverses Decision on Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood accused the foundation of succumbing to “political pressure.”

(UPDATED) The Komen foundation on Friday reversed its decision to cut grants to Planned Parenthood, The Dallas Morning News has reported.

“Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation,” said CEO Nancy Brinker in a statement. “We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.”

(ORIGINAL STORY) Planned Parenthood officials have said Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s decision to pull funding was a result of “political pressure,” saying “anti-choice groups” have pressured the foundation and it "ultimately succumbed to these pressures.”

The new funding decision comes less than a year after the breast cancer charity hired Karen Handel as its new vice president. She has spoken out against abortion and Planned Parenthood, according to the Huffington Post.

In a YouTube statement, Komen Founder and CEO Nancy Brinker said grant changes were a result of a new strategy that included more stringent eligibility and performance criteria.

“Current grants are not affected,” Brinker said. “As we move forward, we will implement these new strategies, which will allow us to serve even more women. We will never bow to political pressure. We will always stand firm in our goal to end breast cancer forever.”

Komen’s new standards mean the organization will stop funding groups under federal investigation, which includes Planned Parenthood, NBC Southern California reported.

A House subcommittee is investigating whether the organization uses federal money to pay for abortion services, NBC reported.

Komen donations have been used by Planned Parenthood over the past five years to provide nearly 170,000 breast exams to low-income women, the Huffington Post reported.

On Catonsville Patch, at least one local blogger has weighed on the issue. Read Aliza Worthington's opinion .

Christine Sutherly February 03, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Maybe you should get your facts straight, Jeff! Susan G Komen was funding Breast exams at Planned parenthood. They weren't funding abortions!! Thats right, when you donate to Susan G Komen Foundation, you are expecting it to go to helping detect breast cancer and finding a cure. Breast exams is how you detect breast cancer. Have you ever donated to Susan G. Komen? I doubt it. So next time, don't comment on things you know nothing about.
Aliza Worthington February 03, 2012 at 03:01 PM
You're correct. It's much more productive for Komen to partner with KFC and sell pefume to promote women's health. http://www.justwestofcrunchy.com/2011/06/03/susan-g-komen-for-the-cure-isnt-curing-anything/
Rosebud February 03, 2012 at 04:27 PM
As Eric Winter states, Planned Parenthood has NEVER paid for or provided Mammograms. However PPH has encouraged the majority of pregnant women to abort their babies in lieu of adoption. With so many couples that want babies, but can't have them, why not live up to their actual name (which I find ironic) and help women plan out healthy pregnancies to be adopted by loving parents.
MikeC February 03, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Boy, I wish people would get their facts straight before they comment on this and other issues. No, Planned Parenthood doesn't provide mammograms, they offer women who need or are seeking mammograms a voucher to present to a hospital to obtain the mammogram. The hospital then bills Planned Parenthood for the mammogram. Planned Parenthood cannot encourage women to get abortions. By law they have women seeking abortions must go through hoops, answer questions on their mental and physical health, blah, blah, blah, then Planned Parenthood doctors can provide a safe end to an unwanted or unhealthy pregnancy, but this has absolutely nothing to do with breast cancer or breast exams which is all that the Komen Foundation is concerned with. Please don't link to politically biased news stories. I don't see Huffington Post links given anywhere in a credible response.
Aliza Worthington February 04, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Thank you for this excellent reply, MikeC. Regarding links to HuffPo, here are some. I hope this makes my responses more credible. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-robbins/breast-cancer-awareness-g_b_577574.html and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/christina-pirello/kfc-cancer-susan-g-and-kf_b_539355.html and from The Atlantic, http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/02/komen-changes-its-mind-on-planned-parenthood-but-will-donors-come-back/252524/

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