In response to a Planned Parenthood-fueled onslaught of criticism and media frenzy, Susan G. Komen President Nancy Brinker issued a statement today, excerpted below:
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. (read entire statement)
This statement is being reported as a wholesale reversal of Komen's prior decision to redefine its grant criteria in a manner that effectively excludes Planned Parenthood from future funding. But that is not clear. "While it is regrettable that Komen felt it necessary to 'apologize' or make excuses for its brave decision to discontinue future funding to Planned Parenthood, it remains to be seen whether Komen is in fact reversing that decision," said Karen Garnett, Executive Director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas. "In short, we do not know what the future holds regarding the relationship between Komen and Planned Parenthood. We hope and pray that it is coming to a long-awaited end. In the meantime, we ask that everyone join in our prayers for Nancy Brinker and her colleagues at the Susan G. Komen Foundation."
Action: Please send a message of encouragement to Komen () to "Please stand strong in the decision to decline any future funding to Planned Parenthood."