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Komen Reverses Course, Will Keep Funding Planned Parenthood

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – In an abrupt about-face, Susan G. Komen for The Cure says it will continue to fund Planned Parenthood.

Earlier this week Komen came under fire for cutting its grants to Planned Parenthood.  It routinely gave several hundred thousand dollars each year to Planned Parenthood.

Komen released a statement Friday morning.  In it, they said,

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.

The statement also read,

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.

Komen, based in Dallas and founded by local philanthropist Nancy Brinker, has become the leading organization that fights breast cancer.

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