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Susan G. Komen Board Reverses Planned Parenthood Funding Decision


UPDATED: Friday February 3, 2012 10:46 AM

The Susan G. Komen Board of Directors released a statement on Friday apologizing for pulling Parent Parenthood funding and promising to continue funding the program.

Nancy Brinker, along with the board, said in the statement that the decision to remove funding from Planned Parenthood was not based on politics, but on funding criteria, 10TV’s Jessa Goddard reported.

The foundation said that they would change funding criteria to ensure political opinions have no bearing on funding decisions, and that they would continue to fund existing grants. They said that they would preserve Planned Parenthood's eligibility for funding.

“We are so glad that Komen has restored funding to Planned Parenthood for vital breast cancer screening and education services,” Planned Parenthood of Central Ohio CEO Lisa Perks said. “This decision reinforces that women’s health care and breast cancer in particular is no place for politics. We look forward to continuing and enhancing our relationship with Komen in central Ohio.”

Columbus restaurant owner Elizabeth Lessner turned the political fight into a personal crusade, Goddard reported.

“Koman taking a political stance on women’s health when it’s the largest breast cancer organization was really upsetting to so many women,” Lessner said.

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