Reporting Sandra McNeill
ROCHESTER HILLS (WWJ) – After three days of controversy, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity has announced it is reversing its decision to cut breast-screening grants to Planned Parenthood.
A Komen statement said the group “wants to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.”
Right to Life Michigan President Susan Sherstad was shocked and disappointed by the news.
“The reality is, if an organization is under investigation, whether that be at the local state or federal level, that they would not be eligible for a grant. And currently Planned Parenthood is under investigation by a House Committee,” Sherstad said.
Planned Parenthood claims the Republican-lead House investigation is politically-motivated.
In a statement, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said she was “heartened” that the “treasured relationship” between Planned Parenthood and the Komen Foundation remains in tact.
The organization received roughly $680,000 worth of Komen grants in 2011 for breast cancer screenings and preventative education. Planned Parenthood helps the Komen Foundation reach under-served communities like low-income women and minorities.
Planned Parenthood says only three percent of its services are abortions.