After the huge uproar earlier this week when the Susan G. Komen Foundation stated that they’d no longer be giving grants to Planned Parenthood, founder and spokesperson Nancy Brinker told the press today that she’d be giving the money back. In addition, she noted that her politically-motivated agenda when deciding who gets a small portion of funds from the billion dollar breast cancer awareness charity was wrong. You think?
Ms. Brinker’s statement came after 22 senators wrote to the foundation admonishing the decision to stop giving money for life-saving mammograms and breast cancer screenings to the non-profit organization because Republicans have linked Planned Parenthood with abortion clinics.
“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. 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.”
“Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation,” she added. “We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.”
This decision earned praise from the head of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richards, which must be the most grudging measure of goodwill ever put forth, considering that a) reading between the lines, Ms. Brinker was essentially saying that the foundation will honor the grants in place, and not necessarily donate money in the future, and b)Komen’s spends most of its donors’ money on promotional items, like pink handguns. Which we can all agree is a much better use of funds than to give it to a service that helps lower-income women obtain affordable health care.
Well that’s how democracy works: Abortions for some, pink handguns for the rest!