Under enormous political pressure that threatened to destroy its reputation as the preeminent breast cancer awareness organization in the United States, Susan G. Komen announced on Friday that it would be restoring funding to Planned Parenthood.
“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 affiliatesto make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities,” said Nancy Brinker, the group’s founder.
Instead of cutting off funding to any organizations under investigation, Komen said it would not cut off funding to groups that are found guilty in a crinminal investigation.
For it’s part, Planned Parenthood was just as swift in mending ties to their longtime partner in women’s and reproductive health:
“In recent weeks, the treasured relationship between the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and Planned Parenthood has been challenged, and we are now heartened that we can continue to work in partnership toward our shared commitment to breast health for the most underserved women. We are enormously grateful that the Komen Foundation has clarified its grantmaking criteria, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Komen partners, leaders and volunteers,” said the group’s leader, Cecile Richards.
The major victory for pro-choice activists comes after a whirlwind three days of accusations that Komen was placing politics ahead of women’s health, and based on the fact that the top two officials in Komen are longtime GOP supporters, one of whom stated her desire in a 2010 campaign to defund Planned Parenthood, it’s not surprising to see such a backlash.
It would appear this reversal is politically expedient for Komen, but they did do the right thing in the end, and that should count for something.