Susan Komen group backs down on Planned Parenthood

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation apologized on Friday for deciding to cut most of its financing to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screening. "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,” Nancy G. Brinker, Komen’s chief executive, said in a statement posted on the organization’s Web site, via the New York Times. “We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants.”

An outcry from women's organizations and Democratic politicians threatened to cost the Komen organization a large slice of its funding base and good will. The move to ban Planned Parenthood was widely seen as a sop to conservatice critics and pro-lifers because Planned Parenthood handles abortions, though Brinker had denied that.

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