Reuters (02.03.12) - Monday, February 06, 2012
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation released a
statement Friday reversing its earlier decision to cut funding
to Planned Parenthood as part of new rules tightening grant
The foundation, the world's largest breast cancer charity,
announced earlier in the week it would cease funding breast
cancer screening grants to Planned Parenthood, which provides
a variety of services including STD testing, cancer
screenings, reproductive care, sex education, and abortion.
Komen said its revised eligibility guidelines exclude groups
under investigation by authorities, and Planned Parenthood is
the subject of a probe by US Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.), who
Local Komen chapters and many foundation supporters denounced
the decision, and a social media protest campaign was in full
swing by Thursday. That night, the Komen board convened for a
special meeting on the issue.
"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," said a statement from the
foundation's board of directors and founder Nancy Brinker.
New funding criteria will be amended to "ensure that politics
has no place in our grant process." The guidelines will make
clear that an organization under investigation only will be
disqualified if the probe is "criminal and conclusive in
nature and not political."