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Susan G. Komen Organization Restores Funding To Planned Parenthood

By Michelle Durham and Natasha Brown

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Susan G. Komen organization has restored funding to Planned Parenthood following criticism from liberal groups and lawmakers, after its decision to stop contributions to Planned Parenthood because of its policy of not funding organizations that are under investigation, which Planned Parenthood is.

It was a decision that took many people by surprise in Philadelphia. Dayle Steinberg, the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania, was at a conference out of the country, but spoke about the decision to reverse course.

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“We are so grateful that we can continue to work in partnership with the Susan G. Komen Foundation,” said Steinberg. “We have a shared commitment to life saving treatment for under-served women and we are very, very grateful that the foundation responded to the public outcry of support for Planned Parenthood and the women we serve.”

The Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Elaine Grobman had a similar response.

“I am elated to hear the news that we are re-examining our decision in funding planned parenthood and other organizations,” Grobman.

The Susan G. Komen Board of Directors and Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker released the following statement Friday about the reversal.

“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 events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.

Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. 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.

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. 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.

It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics.

Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.

We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.”

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  • george

    this is way too little, way too late… these bozo’s really blew it now… i have not missed a Komen race for 11 years… my family of four has participated, and donated… but no more… from now on i will give my money to Planned Parenthood… they never should have bent to the will of the NAZI party…

  • Jim

    They are cowards. Why are they funding an abortion group and not using the money to find a cure for breast cancer?

  • Southern Beale

    This is wrong. Komen didn’t restore anything, they’re spinning PR again. They said they’d continue with existing grants — which they were ALREADY doing! The only change is that Planned Parenthood is “eligible” to apply for future grants. Pretty doubtful that will ever happen. This just gives SKG more time to come up with some bogus reason not to give them the funds.

    They’re still playing politics with women’s health, now they’re just doubling down on the lies. Reprehensible.

  • Woman with a Voice

    I commend Komen for focusing on the health of women and not politics. Komen’s goal is to prevent breast cancer- whether or not a woman decides to go to Planned Parent hood is irrelevant. Thank you Komen for doing the right thing and staying focused on your goal. And thank you to all the women who stood up to fight.

    • Jane

      Apparently, your having a voice is more important that your valuing human life!

      • Woman with a Voice

        Not true. Only 3% of what planned parenthood does relates to abortion. Many women in low income neighborhoods rely on Planned Parenthood for breast exams, ob-gyn check-ups and more services unrelated to abortion. You cannot throw the baby out with the bath water my friend. Open your mind.

  • Pastor Gene L. Wilkins

    How disappointing. Planned Parenthood is one of the largest abortion mills in the Nation. In its attempts to provide “counseling” it lines the pockets of Dr.s, and brings untold grief to the mothers who have their children extracted from their wombs.
    Pastor Gene L. Wilkins. I’m so sorry you caved.

    • A Melendez

      Pastor Gene Wilkins , please speak for yourself and not for others, Its a personal choice, not you or anyone that is not involved in the key decision, Keep your faith and beliefs to your congregation and your own home, stay out of people personal lives.

      • Marty

        A Melendez, you have no right to limit someone else’s right to expressing their opinion on this board. The good Pastor has rights within the constitution that guarantee free speech, and so do you up until you try to take that same right from someone else! I’ll remind you that Planned Parenthood is responsible for over 3 million abortions a year, and now that the news is out about Komen’s connection to them, others can decide if they want to donate. As for me, I stopped donating to Komen years ago when they started using sexually suggestive slogans to solicit donations.

      • Jim

        That’s the problem with this CHRISTIAN country today. Everybody’s supposed to keep their fath in church and to themselves, But yes, we are all free to express our opinions in this country.

    • Another Jean

      No one is forced to have an abortion. It’s a choice made by women who do not feel able to raise a child. How many unwanted kids have YOU adopted?

  • George

    cowards. i just cancelled a $1,000 thank you pledge

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