Susan G. Komen Foundation Changes Course, Will Continue to Fund Planned Parenthood

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Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation apologized for and reversed course on its decision to cut Planned Parenthood funding, according to reports.

"Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer," Nancy G. Brinker, founder and CEO, said.

"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."

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Brinker, the sister of the late Susan G. Komen, said the organization will "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."

The cancer charity initially announced it was pulling funding for the women's health organization because Planned Parenthood is under investigation by Republican members of Congress for allegedly using federal dollars toward providing abortions.

The Komen Foundation said three days ago that its decision was not political, and in her statement, Brinker maintained that it was not about politics.

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

Brinker said in her statement that the Komen Foundation is amending the criteria of its new policy to make clear that it will only bar funding for organizations under investigation if is "criminal and conclusive in nature and not political."

Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said Friday of the Komen Foundation, "I really take them at their word that this [controversy] is behind us."

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It makes no sense for an organization that is fighting breast cancer to fund an organization that helps to raise women's chances of having breast cancer by providing abortions...that's sort of like the Lung Cancer Alliance funding Marlboro. If it's not a political decision, it would not have been reversed by politically motivated protests...

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