Schakowsky: Backlash Forced Komen To Restore Planned Parenthood Funds

CHICAGO (CBS) — Following a stinging backlash, The Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation will resume funding for cancer screenings through Planned Parenthood.

Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) says there’s been an internal earthquake at the foundation after the original decision to cut funding.

“It was such a spontaneous, overwhelming outpouring of support for women’s health and opposition to their decision, and that meant money as well,” she said.

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“I think that was very successful in affecting this turnaround.”

The Komen Foundation withdrew funding because a congressional committee questioned Planned Parenthood use of federal funds.

But after three days, the foundation has changed rules to cut funding only to groups undergoing criminal investigation, which essentially restored the Komen funding to Planned Parenthood.

  • montclareresident

    Planned Parenthood owns the Democratic Party. Remember during the budget showdown, the Democrats would not budge on eliminating funds for Planned Parenthood, but they gladly got rid of the heating subsidies for poor people. Shutdown the government and cripple social programs for Planned Parenthood?

  • thomas

    That sickening smell is what’s left of Komen, after it stepped on the third rail of charity politics.

    Had they not used money donated to fight cancer to instead send political messages for religious extremists, they would have continued receiving donations from everyone, and fighting a disease that everyone hates.

    But now, neither side trusts them, and their donations will dry up and wither away.

    Way to go, morons.

  • Daniel Patrick Isaacson

    I wonder how much money SGKC is spending now on damage control that could have been spent on cancer screenings if they never went down this road to begin with. PR agents, interviews, press releases, decreased donations….what a way to shoot yourself in the foot.

  • Kelly

    Damage done. The Susan G. Komen Foundation showed their true colors. Interesting to see how quickly they changed their mind about Planned Parenthood once they realized their own money was in jeapordy.

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