Just days after announcing that it would no longer fund grants to Planned Parenthood, breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen Foundation is reversing its decision.

In a statement released Friday, Komen’s founder Nancy G. Brinker explained the reversal.

Brinker wrote:

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.

Despite claiming the move to defund Planned Parenthood wasn’t politically motivated, it was discovered that among the 2,000 organizations the Komen Foundation supports, Planned Parenthood was the only one stripped of its grants.

After it was announced that the Komen Foundation would no longer support Planned Parenthood’s efforts to offer free breast exams and screenings to women, many around the country cried foul. They pointed to the hiring of former Georgia GOP gubernatorial candidate Karen Handel, who is staunchly pro-life and an avowed opponent of Planned Parenthood. Others opened their checkbooks to support the organization, and Planned Parenthood raised upwards of $400,000 from donors in just two days.

Despite the reversal, many are concerned that the Komen Foundation’s initial decision signals that women’s health issues are under attack. With Republicans steadily working to strip funding from women’s reproductive, health services, and even limiting birth control options, it is imperative that women across the nation remain vigilant about fighting for issues that greatly affect us.

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  • Tameko P

    I guess the Komen folks didn’t realize how much this decision would cost them. Too little, too late! No one is going to give much money to Komen anymore.

  • midcentury design

    I cannot believe that this racist organisation which deliberately targets black people still receives support.

    The founder, Margaret Sangster was a racist cow and they are just another front for white supremists but they cover their bs in women liberation , right to choose .

    Obama even supports these punks, but he is another person who I do not really get, Obama care wants you and me chipped.

    I have no trouble talking against those punks because I am a conservative, who think the Democrats are taking advantage of black voters.

    Why do black people continue to support those who widh to harm them? Bill Gates is another person who wants to vaccinate Africa.

    But anyone who steps back knows that it suits these people to wipe out Africa, because there is mineral wealth underneath which they can then get.

    I hate planned parenthood.

    • Oh yes! How dare they target low income women of color with mammograms , affordable health care and comprehensive reproductive health information. Damn them!!

    • Tiffany W.

      Vaccines have also been known to wipe out populations faster than sheer apathy. Fuck YOU Bill and Melinda!