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UPDATE: Despite Planned Parenthood not providing mammograms, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Foundation has reversed its decision to fund the organization.

Here is the statement from the Komen website:

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 events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.

Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.

Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. 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.

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.

Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.

We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.

Analysis of the decision from LifeNews:

Bottom line:  Komen cut funding for Planned Parenthood, it is facing massive revolt from its chapters and temendous opposition from Planned Parenthood and the media, and it appears to be leaving the door open for potential grants — not that they will necessarily happen beyond the ones previously approved prior to the decision — to please both sides.

In the end, Komen’s decision to fund Planned Parenthood originally got itself in the mess it faces now.

 

Earlier in the week I brought you the story about Susan G. Komen For the Cure, a breast cancer organization, pulling funding from Planned Parenthood. At the time, Planned Parenthood claimed Komen pulled the funding "under political presssure," although LiveAction, under the leadership of Lila Rose, has proven the organization actually doesn't perform mammograms at all.

Now, Komen has come out publically with the reason why they pulled their funding from Planned Parenthood: because Planned Parenthood doesn't perform mammograms.

LifeNews has more:

During a conference call with reporters this afternoon, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure CEO Nancy Brinker and President Elizabeth Thompson revealed the main reason why the Planned Parenthood abortion business lost its funding. It doesn’t do mammograms.

“It was nothing they were doing wrong,” Brinker explained. “We have decided not to fund, wherever possible, pass-through grants. We were giving them money, they were sending women out for mammograms. What we would like to have are clinics where we can directly fund mammograms.”

She added, later in the day on Twitter:, saying the money “will be invested in programs to serve low-income, uninsured and underinsured women.”

“Our Board approved new grants standards to improve direct services to women,” she said. “New grants standards strive for grants that provide direct services and outcomes. We have to put metrics, outcomes and measures to our grants so we can translate the science we’ve funded over 30 yrs. We will continue to provide services to vulnerable populations with care, treatment and screening.”

“We’ve decided not to fund pass-through grants. What we would like is to have clinics where we can directly fund mammograms,” she added.

This is a simple situation. Susan G. Komen is a breast cancer organziation and therefore they give money to other organizations that help women with breast cancer screanings, cures, etc. Planned Parenthood doesn't offer mammograms or any type of breast cancer treatment, so it is a waste of money for Komen to be giving Planned Parenthood funding. In fact, you can argue that the continuation of Komen funding for Planned Parenthood would actually prevent women from receiving mammograms in clinics needing that funding for real breast cancer prevention services. Regardless, pro-abortion Leftists are angry with the breast cancer organization for not supporting a woman's "right to choose," yet they don't respect Komen's, a private organziation, decision to choose where to best allocate their resources.

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