Komen Rethinks Defunding Planned Parenthood
Yesterday, I wrote about the controversy surrounding Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood. Today, the Komen Foundation has issued a statement apologizing for that decision. They have also announced that they 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.”
The Komen Foundation defunded Planned Parenthood because of a new rule that prevents them from supporting organizations that are under government investigation. They now say that they will amend that rule so that it will only apply to investigations that are “criminal and conclusive in nature,” not politically motivated like the Planned Parenthood investigation. You can read their full statement here.
The Komen Foundation was pretty much forced into this reversal because of the huge damage they suffered as a result of the original decision. The public outcry against Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the surge of support for Planned Parenthood was truly amazing. Still, I’m glad that they’ve amended their rule and that Planned Parenthood will still receive the funding. The past few days have been a pretty amazing example of the power of public opinion, especially through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
What do you think? Did Susan G. Komen make the right decision? Do you think that the people who pledged to boycott the Foundation should support them again?
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