A huge public outcry has caused the Susan G. Komen for the cure breast cancer foundation to re-think a controversial decision.
The foundation made the decision to cut off funding for grants that went to Planned Parenthood, funding that provided breast health screenings for women. That decision sparked intense conversation in support of their decision, and arguably stronger, against it.
On Tuesday, Susan G. Komen announced it would be implementing "stronger performance criteria" that disqualified certain organizations from their funding. And the group said, it wasn't about politics.
But many people felt it was, as Planned Parenthood has come under scrutiny from congress, and anti-abortion groups, as to how it provides abortion services.
"It's my understanding that they fund 2,000 organizations nation-wide and Planned Parenthood was the only organization impacted by these new grant rules...They rely on us for this basic healthcare. And some women can't receive this anywhere else," says Planned Parenthood rep Linda Scharf. She says they're disappointed that a sister organization would bend to the bullies.
Since Susan G. Komen's announcement, there's been a huge public outcry dominating the social media world and public conversation over the past few days.
Komen's Facebook page filled with angry responses: "For women like myself, without health insurance Planned Parenthood is a lifeline. Tell me how your political decision serves women like myself."
We asked you on our CNY Facebook page, how you felt about the decision. Diane B. says "Very pleased...I will now donate to them."
Whereas Lori K. says, "Ridiculous...I will now not donate to them, and send any donations directly to Planned Parenthood!"
After the immense outcry Susan G. Komen apologized for "Recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives." They said they'd continue to fund existing grants now and in the future.