Komen Reverses Course


POSTED: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 4:48pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 4:49pm

After facing a major public and political backlash the Susan G. Komen foundation has decided to continue giving money to Planned Parenthood.

Komen founder Nancy Brinker apologized in a statement saying the organization has been "distressed at the presumption that changes made to funding criteria were done for political reasons...they were not."

Michelle Ostrander is the executive director of the Susan G. Komen Denver affiliate.

"I hope we can get past the craziness of the last few days and get back to our mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer forever," she said after the announcement.

A Congressional committee is investigating Planned Parenthood to find out whether it's using federal money to pay for abortions.

Komen said it was the investigation, not Planned Parenthood's pro-choice stance, that prompted it to terminate funding.

The decision sparked protests and donations started pouring in.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged $250,000.

"I'm just glad that in the end they came to the right decision and they will continue to fund Planned Parenthood and I will continue to support both organizations," he said Friday.

Not everyone is in support, however.

Congresswoman Renee Ellmers called Komen's original decision to cut funding "an act of courage and prudence, making their sudden reversal (today) appear hollow and weak."

Planned Parenthood says all of the money it's received from Komen has gone toward breast exams, never for abortions.

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