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Komen drops plan to cut Planned Parenthood grants

Posted February 3, 2012

— The Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity on Friday abandoned plans to eliminate grants to Planned Parenthood. The startling decision came after three days of virulent criticism that resounded across the Internet, jeopardizing Komen's iconic image.

"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 Komen statement said.

As first reported by The Associated Press on Tuesday, Komen had adopted criteria excluding Planned Parenthood from future grants for breast-cancer screenings because it was under government investigation, citing a probe launched by a Florida congressman at the urging of anti-abortion groups.

Komen said it would change the criteria "to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political."

"We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants," the statement said.

Under pressure, Komen reverses funding decision Under pressure, Komen reverses funding decision

In the Triangle, Komen's communications manager Carrie Kovalick resigned after the organization announced it would cut funding to Planned Parenthood. On Friday, Kovalick said she was happy to hear that Komen reversed that decision but said she doesn't plan to return to the organization.

Komen says just one person locally resigned. WRAL News has learned a second person recently stepped down and that the controversy was a main factor in the person's decision.

Kathy Burns, Komen's interim executive director in the Triangle, said her office got more than 100 emails about the controversy. Most of them expressed concern about the decision, and some threatened to pull their donations.

"I think we were experiencing a lot of emotion from people," Burns said, adding that her office forwarded all the emails to Komen's national office.

Burns said she is "very, very pleased" that Komen reversed the decision.

"We are all about wanting to move forward with our mission, because that's the most important thing for us," she said. "This has kind of been a distraction, very honestly, to have this going on."

Burns said Komen still plans to have its annual Triangle Race for the Cure on June 9, and they are expecting a large crowd.

"I hope people will be able to kind of look past this last week and say, 'You know, this is an organization that is still the largest privately-funded breast cancer organization in the world,'" Burns said.

Melissa Reed, Planned Parenthood's vice president for public policy, said she is looking forward to renewing "what I think has been a very strong, long-term, committed relationship to ending breast cancer."

Many of Komen's affiliates across the country had openly rebelled against the decision to cut the funding, which totaled $680,000 in 2011. One affiliate, in Aspen, Colo., had announced Thursday that it would defy the new rules and continue grants to its local Planned Parenthood partner.

In addition, Komen was inundated with negative comments via emails, on Twitter and on its Facebook page. Many of the messages conveyed a determination to halt gifts to Komen — organizer of the popular Race for the Cure events —because of the decision.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood was reporting an outpouring of support — donations large and small, triggered by the Komen decision, that it said surpassed $900,000.

Planned Parenthood's president, Cecile Richards, thanked those donors Friday and welcomed Komen's change of heart.

"We are enormously grateful that the Komen Foundation has clarified its grant-making criteria," Richards said. "What these past few days have demonstrated is the deep resolve all Americans share in the fight against cancer."

Through the Komen grants, Planned Parenthood says its health centers provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and more than 6,400 mammogram referrals over the past five years.

Komen, in its statement, said it was immediately starting an outreach to its affiliates and supporters to get the charity back on track.

"We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue," Komen said. "We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics — anyone's politics."



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  • piene2 Feb 7, 2012

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/07/karen-handel-quits-susan-g-komen_n_1259835.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl5%7Csec1_lnk2%26pLid%3D133427

    Karen Handel, vice president for public affairs at Susan G. Komen for the Cure, resigned on Tuesday following public outcry over the announcement Komen would pull funding from Planned Parenthood.

    Bye-bye

  • soyousay Feb 6, 2012

    there is no way a law will pass saying a mother must die when all medical evidence and medical doctors are saying the mother will die if they don't take the fetus from her. and i think NO WOMAN SHOULD BE ALLOWED more than one abortion in her life time.
    ..

    really, just one. Check out Santorum

  • ladyblue Feb 6, 2012

    All the new legislation that is being pushed forward would not give you that option.

    you are letting some one scare you with propaganda or stretching the reasoning of what is being discussed. Personally i think millions of abortions in this country is outrageous and it's being abused. I am sure there are cases where fetuses are entirely too far along that get aborted, as there are cases of testimony in legislature from surviors of abortion. there is no way a law will pass saying a mother must die when all medical evidence and medical doctors are saying the mother will die if they don't take the fetus from her. and i think NO WOMAN SHOULD BE ALLOWED more than one abortion in her life time.

  • soyousay Feb 6, 2012

    I am neither a religous zealant nor hypocrit on this matter but I would not personally have an abortion unless it was to save my life..

    All the new legislation that is being pushed forward would not give you that option. period. and birth control that has been classified by "them" as causing abortion- oral contraceptives and IUDS. The catholic church consideres condoms a sin. although more than 90 of catholic women use birth control, go figure that one out

  • ladyblue Feb 6, 2012

    I will keep donating to breast cancer research but not this organization any more and i am a breast cancer survivor. This organization can earmark that their donations go strictly to mamograms and/or breast cancer screening if they wish to get my money again. I do not believe abortion is the answer to another birth control method and until this country cuts back on them I will call it out of control..I think if a woman has the right to her body as she wishes, then she also has the right to take care of her own abortions.. I say let them and the men contributing to the pregnacy pay for it and if it's rpe incest or medical then I'd gladly help those... I am neither a religous zealant nor hypocrit on this matter but I would not personally have an abortion unless it was to save my life.

  • soyousay Feb 6, 2012

    What greater hypocrisy can exist then the hypocrisy of deciding which live or which die.

    ...and there you have it, it really is all about turning women into brood mares, scratch the surface and you will find "they" consider most birth control pills and IUDs murder too

  • piene2 Feb 6, 2012

    I'm pro-choice, however MY choice is pro-life. Serious medical emergency and rape would be the only two times I'd even consider an abortion. Just because I believe that women should have a choice and that the government should stay out of women's bodies does not mean I like the notion of abortion.

    Ooooohhhhh! This is good! This is VERY, VERY good. So, let me see if I have this straight. You don't want to "murder" "poor little innocent babies." but you'd be willing to reconsider murdering poor little innocent babies if the mommy was sick or raped. Is that about how you see it? So it's OK to murder poor little innocent babies from time to time. That means that the poor little innocent babies of sick mommies or rape victims have less right to live than all the other poor little innocent babies? You're willing to pick and choose which poor little innocent babies live and which die. What greater hypocrisy can exist then the hypocrisy of deciding which live or which die.

  • babbleon Feb 6, 2012

    They would much rather "take care" of their irresponsible actions by killing someone else who is helpless & silent in the womb, jd21

    I was just explaining to my husband today about how much of the anti-choice agenda was driven by 'women have to pay for recreational sex'. Thanks for the supporting quote!

    ps: How committed are you to supporting the children after birth? Do you support food stamps / TANF? Do you support Obamacare, with its significant expansion of SCHIP? Have you ever looked at adopting or fostering a child?

    If you're not willing to help take care of them once they're born, you don't really care about their life.

  • That Explains It Feb 6, 2012

    monca bemoaned: "Right-Wingers, thank you for playing!" Yep, those "Right-Wingers" can just pick up their money and go "play" somewhere else. Fortunately there are plenty of fine organizations that work towards a cure for breast cancer without funding abortions on the side. Watch how funny it is when all of the "Right Wingers" quit funding an organization that funds abortions.

    If you think abortions are great, then you have no problem with Komen's decision.

    If you find abortion abhorrent,then QUIT DONATING TO the SUSAN G. KOMEN organization.

  • Tony Snark Feb 6, 2012

    I will never donate to komen again, or do their run. I will send my money to planned parenthood from now on. They directly impact women's health.

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