Posted 6:38 PM 2/3/2012 : Planned Parenthood welcomes Komen's change of heart
The nation's leader in breast cancer awareness, the Susan G. Komen Foundation, reversed its decision to stop funding to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood of Colorado said they have received an outpouring of public support through calls, emails, and on social media.
"It's definitely a testament to the nation's compassion when it comes to helping women detect cancer early and ensuring they have the treatment they need regardless of income,[and] regardless of any factor that can get in the way of that", said Monica McCafferty, Planned Parenthood spokesperson.
On Tuesday, Komen announced they were going to stop funding grants to Planned Parenthood because it was under investigation in congress some states. But in a statement released Friday, the organization stated it will amend it's policy. Founder Nancy Brinker released a letter of apology.
"We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants. 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", said Nancy G. Brinker.
Director of Susan G. Komen in Colorado Springs, Stacy Poore, said she's excited about the decision.
"Any decision that gives women greater access to breast health care is important", Stacy Poore said.
But while many support Komen's reversed decision, some are angry.
"Why would Komen support an organization that promotes abortion, [when] the chances of getting breast cancer are 5 to 6 times more, [and] you're about preventing breast cancer?", said Father Bill Carmody.
But planned parenthood said that's not true.
"Planned Parenthood is under a huge magnifying glass. We have strict reporting. Anyone who contributes to Planned Parenthood for a specific service like breast health... that is going to that type of care, preventive care", said Monica McCafferty.