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Komen Reverses, Apologizes, Reinstates Planned Parenthood Funding After Outrage – Maybe

by David Badash on February 3, 2012

in News

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Susan G. Komen For The Cure has just reversed its decision to drop Planned Parenthood funding, after a week of national outrage that took the Texas-based cancer non-profit by surprise. Nancy Brinker, founder, CEO, and sister to the late Susan G. Komen, and the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors released this statement:

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.The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.

Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. 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.

Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. 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.

It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics.

Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.

We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.

In a disasterous interview yesterday with breast cancer survivor and MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell, Brinker claimed, ludicrously, “the responses we are getting are very, very favorable.”

Apparently, Brinker was mistaken.

While this is a great development, it must be noted that the people who created this massive change at Komen are still at Komen, and several who opposed moving the cancer non-profit into a political organization have resigned. Which means there is still no reason to trust Komen.

UPDATE: READ: Why You Still Shouldn’t Trust Susan G. Komen, Even After Their Reversal

Also, note that funding is not secure for the future — Komen appears to be playing games. Click the link about to find out more.


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LOrion February 3, 2012 at 11:49 am

WAY too late for that. See this KOS piece w links on charity rating monitor re KOMEN falling to a one star… even before this decision!
"people have been uncomfortable with SGK's marketing, SUPPRESSION OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (my cap), and pushing small groups around over copyright and trademark. This Planned Parenthood thing has just finally pushed them over the edge."
As a physician, I am very concerned. This was an extremely medically unethical decision that they didn't even blink at making. Just how many others have they made over the years? If they allowed one big funder to tell them to do this, what have they bowed too from Big for profit Health? You know the BigHealth mantra is 'die quick die cheap'…and that must especially go for women.
I am about to propose to those who ask, that any woman getting treated for BC discuss with her doctor if he uses any KOMEN funded research, asks why…and then asks to be treated by another standard!
Actually, I guess I have just done that, for any women or family members who read this. I am serious, this was a very medically unethical decision that they didn't even notice as such.

LOrion February 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Here I posted the above with reference to this good piece on my blog so it can be shared anywhere.
DAM has BROKEN: Its too late for KOMEN to Reverse PP decision

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