Susan G. Komen Backs Down From Planned Parenthood Funding-Cease

Nancy Brinker, CEO of cancer charity, said her sorry for ‘recent decisions’ and promised that Komen will honour existing grants.

Komen still has the right to deny grant applications. In addition, the charity has pledged to focus grant-making efforts on providers that perform mammograms. Photo: WeNews/Flickr

On Friday, the breast cancer charity announced it will fix its grant requirements to restore funding to Planned Parenthood — backing away from its decision to cut off the organization and pleading with its critics to let everyone move on, says Politico.

“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,” the group’s founder, Nancy G. Brinker, said in a blog post.

“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,” she added.

The adopted rule which stated that Komen decided to cut ties with Planned Parenthood, the largest reproductive and sexual health service provider in the U. S. Besides, according to the rule, no body should be funded should it be under official investigation. Planned Parenthood is to be indeed under congressional investigation. However, the investigation was launched against it by overtly politically motivated individuals who are opposed to abortion, says the Guardian.

“Our original desire was to fulfil our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation,” Komen said in its statement. “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.”

Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president, spoke about the support she had received since Tuesday as astonishing and “a testament to our nation’s compassion and sincerity”.

She said: “In recent weeks, the treasured relationship between the Susan G Komen for the Cure Foundation and Planned Parenthood has been challenged, and we are now heartened that we can continue to work in partnership toward our shared commitment to breast health for the most underserved women.”

“We are enormously grateful that the Komen Foundation has clarified its grantmaking criteria, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Komen partners, leaders and volunteers. What these past few days have demonstrated is the deep resolve all Americans share in the fight against cancer, and we honour those who are at the helm of this battle,” Richards added.

The backing away was welcomed by local Komen affiliates, many of which were dissatisfied with the previous decision. “We are elated,” said Michele Oftrander, executive director of Komen in Denver. “We opposed the decision from the very beginning. Planned Parenthood is an essential partner in breast health care.”

However, there were people “very disappointed” by the reversal such as Republican candidate Rick Santorum: “It’s unfortunate that public pressure builds to provide money to an organisation that goes out and actively is the No 1 abortion provider in the country. That’s not healthcare. That’s not healthcare at all.”

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