Komen Foundation reverses funding decision of Planned Parenthood
February 3rd, 2012
11:35 AM ET
2 years ago

Komen Foundation reverses funding decision of Planned Parenthood

(CNN) - Faced with a deluge of opposition that included pressure from lawmakers and internal dissent, one of America's leading breast cancer advocacy groups on Friday reversed itself on a decision that would have cut off funding to some Planned Parenthood projects.

"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 Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation said in a statement. "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."

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  1. Data Driven

    That's right. Stick to your mission, and leave the political posturing to the idiots.

    February 3, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. westward

    I'm still cautious about the Komen foundation after all this, and especially after hearing their founder defend this move from Planned Parenthood so arrogantly. She did absolutely nothing to promote her foundation over the past several days.

    February 3, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Pressure bust pipes. These right wing fringe groups think Planned Parenthood is an abortion clinic. Geesh!

    February 3, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. Kimberly

    As a Democrat, I am appauled at the foundations move to de-fund planned parenthood in the first place, but as a woman and a mother, I applaud them for seeing the error of their ways and deciding that ALL women, poor and young rich and old republican and democrat alike deserve affordable health care and breast exams! Kudos to Koman!

    February 3, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. gt

    good move

    February 3, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  6. Ruth

    The only reason they did this is because they are worried that the donations will stop flowing in and they will have dissolve their foundation and a lot of people would lose their jobs. There is nothing altruistic about the reversal of this decision. The damage is done, a lot of people will think twice about donating to this organization and buying their items. They forgot their mission and will now pay for it. Breast cancer will never be eradicated, there is too much money in it. Women will continue to suffer because of the health care industry and the drug companies need to make money.

    February 3, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Internal email:

    "The memo said to cut the you funding to Planned Parenthood in 2013, not 2012, after we regain control of the White House and both chambers of Congress."

    February 3, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  8. Independent Voters

    Karen Handel is the worst person. Please dont listening to Karen anymore the poor need affordable health care.
    Republican are trying to destroy our country.

    February 3, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  9. Controse

    Komen sure learned quickly how punishing it can be to stray off the leftest plantation. No wonder Obama, or whoever he is, received 95% of the black vote in 2008. Being ostracized is apparently much more painful than spiritual starvation.

    February 3, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  10. maf

    We would like to reverse our position as we saw an immediate and overwhelming drop in our donation bins.
    OOPS! Your recovery will take just as long as the US economic recovery. When you misspeak, misstate, mis-anything, those who are really paying attention matter!!

    Sorry for your loss, but you brought it upon yourself! Unlike many Americans who have lost their jobs because of inept GOP economic understanding.

    February 3, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  11. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Great for Planned Parenthood but Komen's brand is now trash. No one will trust you again.

    February 3, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  12. maljazur

    Aaaaaand the people are back!!
    After 2 solid years of the right wing yahoos dominating the conversation...reason has entered the room.
    Stay vigilant! Speak up! Don't be afraid! We ARE the majority!!!

    February 3, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  13. Lizzie

    Wow, a private organization can be bullied to change their mind and use THEIR funds as they want. Planned Parenthood which has a revolving door for abortions does not need the funds as shown by the many supporters of abortions incl. NYC Mayor Blumberg

    February 3, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  14. Jerry

    Jerry
    All the idiots that support PP are in essence supporting the killing of innocent/indefensible babies. I guess that comes with the freedoms we enjoy in America. The Komen Foundation should NEVER have rescinded their decision. I realize that the spendrift Democrats (including the clueless president) influenced Komen's decision. If this group of baby killers is so important to them; let them pay for all the continuation of baby killings!!!

    February 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    February 3, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  15. Fair is Fair

    Pressure bust pipes. These right wing fringe groups think Planned Parenthood is an abortion clinic. Geesh!
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    An estimated 300,000 aborted fetuses last year, courtesy of PP, might disagree with you.

    February 3, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Dixie Independent voter

    I have a powerful weapon I'm going to use against the Republicans. My vote.

    February 3, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  17. Dave

    Thank you for not caving to the right-wing knuckle-draggers who put their fanatical views ahead of women's health. They are just a very loud and vocal minority and it's time that they are treated as such.

    February 3, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  18. westward

    Komen hurt their own credibility in a big way. Will take a lot of work for them to get it back now. That was the absolute stupidest thing they could have done...and to send out their angry, arrogant founder to defend it didn't help one bit. You have years of work ahead of you, Komen, to get over this. You might want to think about firing Nancy Brinker as a first step.

    February 3, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  19. Frank

    Bad move. I will no longer support an organization who gives money to kill humans.

    February 3, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  20. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Have supported Komen since it was founded but my donations from now on go straight to Planned Parenthood. When only 25% of what I donate goes to research and the remaining 75% into administrative costs, there's a problem. Clearly the mission of Komen is spending donations on staff and not on research. I'm sending my donations to Planned Parenthood to help ensure early detection for women.

    February 3, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. Boo

    Ha! They caved....shocking!!! And to all of the conservative morons who are bashing PP because of abortions, need I remind you idiots that there has been no Federal funding of abortion since the 1970's. You "pro-lifers" are the same hypocrites that are pro death penalty and pro war and once these unwanted babies are born you are the same hypocrites that want to deny them healthcare, lodging and an education.

    February 3, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    An estimated 300,000 aborted fetuses last year, courtesy of PP, might disagree with you.
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    That's the law of the land. You don't have to agree with it. You don't have to like it. You have to respect settled law. And, you have to respect seperation of church and state. Find a reason to ban abortion that is not based upon religious grounds and teachings and you could make a very strong case to overturn the Supreme Court decision. The SCOTUS cited privacy grounds to uphold and allow abortions. They basically cited freedom.

    February 3, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  23. Marie MD

    Guess they had to. Nothing like a new rethug vp to try to control womens rights as soon as she started innher position. This vp was running for some political and the she devil from AK campaigned for her. Nothing else needs to be said as to why theyndropped PP!

    February 3, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  24. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Rudy NYC
    Fair is Fair wrote:
    An estimated 300,000 aborted fetuses last year, courtesy of PP, might disagree with you.
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    That's the law of the land. You don't have to agree with it. You don't have to like it. You have to respect settled law. And, you have to respect seperation of church and state.
    =============================================================================================

    To use Obama's words from yesterday, "What would Jesus do?" Would Jesus approve of taxing the wealthy, and also approve of killing unborn children?

    BTW, Prohibition was "settled law" too right? Mistakes are made and mistakes are corrected. That's also the law of the land. You don't have to agree with it.

    February 3, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    An estimated 300,000 aborted fetuses last year, courtesy of PP, might disagree with you
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    Uh-huh. According to a PP pie chart posted on the news last night 3% of all the services offered by PP are abortion-related. It never ceases to amaze me how "concerned" Cons are for human life in the womb, but are quite willing to end it by sending citizens off to a war that was based on lies. Google the number of dead and wounded in Iraq then get back to us with your holier-than-thou crap.

    February 3, 2012 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
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