• Komen Revises Controversial Grants Policy, Backpedals to Begin Damage Control

      Susan G. Komen for the Cure changed their minds fairly quickly, releasing a statement on February 3rd that changes the policy decision that led to the revocation of a $680,000 grant to Planned Parenthood.

      According to Bloomberg:
      • A majority of a sample of social media messages related to the issue were negative towards Komen
      • Planned Parenthood raised an additional $3 million in pledges as a result of the debacle
      • Komen's policies were amended to add that the "investigations" identified at a prospective or current grantee must be criminal in nature "and not political"

      In a statement issued Friday, Komen said, "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 statement did not, however, promise to restore funding to Planned Parenthood but did say PP would be eligible for future grants.

      Komen's apology Friday was met with skepticism. A follow-up comment to a Washington Post article by
      jpawlik1 is representative of how many are feeling about Komen in the aftermath:

      Henceforth I will make my contributions to Planned Parenthood directly, not only because of the recent PR fiasco, but because we are learning that the executives of Komen earn very generous salaries and perks. They can court the right-wing, anti-everything contributors. Those of us who want to see that healthcare is provided to low income and poor women will go directly to PP.
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