Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Susan G. Komen Foundation Relents: Planned Parenthood Grants Restored (+Video)

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Susan G. Komen Foundation Relents: Planned Parenthood Grants Restored (+Video)

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The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, amid a flurry of controversy, decided to resume grants to Planned Parenthood. Critics say Komen pulled the grants to appease abortion foes.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has relented. Three days after news broke that the nation's largest breast-cancer charity was ending grants to the Planned Parenthood, citing changes to its grant criteria, the Komen Foundation is restoring the grants.

The Dallas-based foundation, back on its heels as furious supporters pledged to stop donating, issued a statement Friday.

"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," the Komen statement said.

"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."

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Planned Parenthood had asserted that Komen's original decision was politically motivated, following longtime pressure from abortion foes to end grants to the women's reproductive-services organization. Some Planned Parenthood facilities perform abortions, but overall, abortions account for only 3 percent of the organization's activity.

The loss of funds to Planned Parenthood for breast-health services sparked an outpouring of donations, including $250,000 from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which more than made up for the $680,000 loss of funds to 19 Planned Parenthood centers. …

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