Komen Reverses Planned Parenthood Decision

Nancy G. Brinker, the president of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, released a statement today saying the foundation will reinstate funding for Planned Parenthood. Earlier this week, Komen withdrew funding from the organization, causing backlash and prompting other groups to pledge donations to Planned Parenthood—including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg who offered $250,000 of his own money.

In the statement, Brinker points to the fact that they will amend their grant-funding criteria to specify that criminal investigations are a disqualifying factor for funding.

Here’s an excerpt from the statement:

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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.

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