Susan G. Komen Backs Down on Planned Parenthood Funding Cut
After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation reversed its decision to halt funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.
"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," a statement from the foundation 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 cancer charity initially announced that it would pull funding to the reproductive health clinic, citing a new criteria that excluded funding to organizations under investigation. Planned Parenthood is currently the subject of a federal probe launched at the urging of anti-abortion groups.
"What these past few days have demonstrated is the deep resolve all Americans share in the fight against cancer, and we honor those who are at the helm of this battle," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards told CBS. "During the last week, millions spontaneously joined a national conversation about lifesaving breast cancer prevention care and reinforced shared values about access to health care for all. This compassionate outcry in support of those most in need rose above political, ideological, and cultural divides, and will surely be recognized as one of our nation's better moments during a contentious political time."
Planned Parenthood helps the Komen Foundation reach under-served communities like low-income women and minorities.