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UNITED STATES: Komen Reverses Move to Cut Planned Parenthood Funding
David Morgan; Anna Yukhananov
February 6, 2012
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 eligibility.

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 opposes abortion.

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."