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Susan G. Komen faces politics with Planned Parenthood decision

komen020312_optBY ADELE SAMMARCO

After increasing pressure from women's rights supporters and advocates, the Susan G. Komen Foundation has reversed a controversial decision not to renew funding for some Planned Parenthood projects, the group said in a statement Friday.

"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 statement said according to CNN, "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."

Intense fall-out grew over the nation’s largest breast cancer charity’s decision to sever ties with Planned Parenthood on Tuesday and since then, more than $400,000 in donations have poured into Planned Parenthood from supporters across the country.

Nearly one week after the announcement, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg even stepped into the ring for the women’s health advocacy group, promising to give the Planned Parenthood Federation of America a $250,000 matching gift and said he will donate $1 for every new dollar Planned Parenthood raises up to $250,000 to make up a large part of the missing money.

A long-time advocate and supporter of Planned Parenthood, the billionaire Mayor said in a statement, “Politics has no place in health care,” adding, “Breast cancer screening saves lives and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood for access to care. We should be helping women access that care, not placing barriers in their way.”

Bloomberg even highlighted the issue on Twitter with several “tweets” asking followers to donate to Planned Parenthood.

Women’s rights advocates say the Susan G. Komen Foundation buckled under pressure from anti-abortion advocacy groups that have long criticized Planned Parenthood for having some of its clinics offer abortions.

Komen justified its initial decision to cut-off monies by citing a new rule prohibiting it from funding any group under investigation by the government.


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