Following a two-day firestorm ignited by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure's announcement that it would cut funding to Planned Parenthood, the Komen organization said this morning that it would amend its funding rules and allow continued funding of breast health programs operated by Planned Parenthood.
"That is what is right and fair," said Nancy Brinker, Komen's founder and chief executive. "We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants. 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."
Komen officials had originally said they would cut funding to Planned Parenthood because the group was the subject of a Republican-led congressional investigation believed to be fostered by anti-abortion advocates. But following Komen's earlier announcement, 26 U.S. senators called on Komen to reconsider its decision.
As the controversy erupted, donations to Planned Parenthood poured in. In addition to more than $400,000 in individual donations from 6,000 people, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged $250,000 to match future donations.