Facing an avalanche of criticism for caving to pressure from anti-abortion activists, the charity Susan G. Komen For the Cure is reversing its decision to stop funding cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood health centers.
Earlier this week, Komen founder Nancy Brinker claimed that the public responses they’d been getting were “very, very favorable,” but today released a statement saying:
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.
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Susan G. Komen For the Cure now intends to alter their grant criteria to restrict funds only after an investigation has concluded, and only if it is criminal in nature.
Planned Parenthood is under investigation by House Republicans, who claim the group used taxpayer money to fund abortions.
In a statement, Planned Parenthood said:
We are enormously grateful that the Komen Foundation has clarified its grantmaking criteria, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Komen partners, leaders and volunteers. 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.