Komen Reverses Decision To Cut Planned Parenthood Grants

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– A change of heart for the Susan G. Komen Foundation three days after it pulled funds for cancer-screening away from Planned Parenthood.

Kai Jackson has more on the fallout that fueled the change.

The Komen Foundation got an earful over its initial decision to pull Planned Parenthood funding. The outcome indicates it heard that earful loud and clear.

There was no running from the controversy created by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, when the organization yanked funding this week from Planned Parenthood.

“I think we’ve seen this week a disgraceful display of Planned Parenthood using real thug tactics to try to bring political pressure on the Komen foundation,” Charmaine Yoest, of Americans United For Life, said.

Yet, public outrage forced Komen to reverse its decision and reinstate funding on Friday.

“It’s really critical funding and it would have been very devastating to, I mean, not just Planned Parenthood but the women that we serve,” Christielyn Dyller of Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

Komen issued a statement saying, “We want to apologize to the American public for decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.”

“I look at these groups like sister groups, you know,” said Vera Newton, a breast cancer survivor in Randallstown.

Komen broke that bond citing a federal investigation into accusations that Planned Parenthood used federal dollars for abortions– a charge Planned Parenthood denies.

“Planned Parenthood uses the overwhelming majority of its money– nationwide, I think it’s 97 percent– to deal with treatment,” Sen. Ben Cardin (D), said.

Komen raises the most money of any breast cancer organization in the country, and Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of reproductive health services in America, with most clients at or below the poverty level.

Newton supports both.

“It’s what we believe Susan Komen is all about. It’s why we walk 60 miles,” she said.

Planned Parenthood said it received $3 million in three days during this controversy. But critics of Planned Parenthood say that is just further proof that it doesn’t need the $700,000 a year that the Komen Foundation provides.

Planned Parenthood of Maryland says the organization also provides free breast exams to its clients.

  • Disappointed

    They caved in…..plain and simple.

  • Think again

    No, they admitted making a mistake. Their original decision wasn’t morally based. It was based on a set of criteria that stipulated organizations under specific types of investigations were ineligible for the grants. They didn’t to their homework and made a poor decision…one that could have crippled their organization and therefore thousands more women who don’t support Planned Panthood woukd have suffered. Reversing that decision was a smart move, I’d say.

  • Disappointed ... still

    Sorry – not buying it. At the end of the day, Planned Parenthood would have survived, quite well, without any funding from the Susan G Komen Foundation. If the original decision wasn’t morally based, maybe it should have been. I hardly believe PP would have folded up their tents and collapsed without grant money from SGK Foundation. If anyone thinks every time SGK gives to PP goes towards what it should, that person or persons should work for the State of Maryland – it would be a perfect fit.

  • Steve Wilson

    Susan G. Komen hired Karen Handel, a Republican anti-abortionist and failed candidate for governor of Georgia, as a vice president and their policy manager. They expected to cash in on her Republican contacts. This is what they got. Their “official” public statement claims otherwise but they can’t very well tell the truth. Even firing, or accepting the resignation of, Karen Handel would admit their actions were politically motivated. Notice that they DID NOT reverse their action. They just covered up for the year. I don’t trust them any more. There are other, more honest, organizations in this field. I plan to question any and all associations in local schools supporting Susan G. Komen.

  • jim gjurovich

    Do any of the 2000 granters kill babies?

    • Not supporting

      I was wondering the same… I will no longer support the Komen foundation since I now know that they fund an organization that pays for abortions…

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  • CharlesD

    It is not about Komen or Planned Parenthood. Regardless of your beliefs on abortion counseling, both will survive nicely without the other. The real issue here is that one legistator can force his will without any debate or a vote. All he has to do is start an investigation and then suggest that one organization or company stop doing business until the ‘investigation’ is over in about 5 years. Suppose that a strong contributor has a litte chat with his congressman about a competitor that is getting revenue from the government. Start a litte investigation on lets say, hiring practices and poof the competitor is quashed.

    • Think again

      It would seem that misguided self-righteous morality muddies the waters of politics…if it can be further muddied. Charles D, your comment is the only one that is well thought out and reasonable as opposed to convoluted wishful thinking. Whew.

    • Another take

      I agree that both organizations could survive without the other. However, it seems that Komen (and other organizations) should be able to decide for themselves to whom to deliver grants, in accordance with their beliefs. If there is a conflict, such as trying to save lives (breast cancer survivors) versus taking lives (aborting babies), then why not sever ties? There are other organizations which provide low cost or free mammograms. Giving money to Planned Parenthood for mammograms frees up their other monies for funding abortions.

  • inmyopinion

    P.P. is the low cost birth control for the monkeys & Mexicans who are too lazy to use the pill.

  • Nancy

    Okay wait a minute how about all the women, their families and friends who have raised money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation on the belief that the money that was raised is to help women who have breast cancer. I am appalled that they would give money away that was raised on the soul purpose of helping women with breast cancer, not to be given away to an organization that is in the business of taking lives. I do not care how you try and candy coat it they perform abortions all day long period. Sorry I will not support Susan G. Komen foundation again. I will make sure I research the organization and find out where my money is going and what it is being used for before donating again.

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