DALLAS, Texas – After the Susan G. Komen Foundation was criticized for its decision to stop providing breast cancer screening grants to Planned Parenthood, the foundation reversed course today.
The foundation’s Board of Directors and Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker 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.”
“Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation,” the statement continued. “We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political.”
Florida Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns, a pro-life advocate, is investigating Planned Parenthood to find out if it used any public money was used to pay for abortions.
A group of 26 U.S. senators, including New Jersey Democrats Frank Lautenberg and Bob Menendez, wrote to the Komen Foundation asking them to reconsider their decision to pull funding from Planned Parenthood yesterday.
Today, Lautenberg said, “With these changes to their policy, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is depoliticizing its grant-making process and refocusing itself back on its core mission: saving women’s lives. The Komen Foundation is too critical to the fight against breast cancer to give up on, and I hope to see all women’s health groups put politics aside and again work together on their shared missions. I am pleased that critical funding will be allowed to flow from the Komen Foundation to Planned Parenthood and to any organization that helps further the fight against breast cancer.”
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