BREAKING: New statement from Komen

Tom Benning at the Dallas Morning News is reporting that Komen for the Cure has  released the following statement from Nancy Brinker and the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors:

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.

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.

Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. 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.

Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. 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.

It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics.

Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.

We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.

  • Hovish13

    Nothing like being bullied back to where you started..Nope, no longer buying things labeled SGK.

    Oh, and PS- They REALLY oughta refund ALL the donations they’ve gotten the last few days. Nothing but a slap in the face to those who showed support to their decision. Panderers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.hoelscher Patrick Hoelscher

    Make sure to call and demand your money back. Stop payment on any checks sent. 

  • Stitzelfritz

    So saddened and disappointed by this new development.  Glad I waited a few days to send my donation. 

  • Oedipa Mossmoon

    Leadership and public relations management really went astray here. What a huge mistake and an unforced error. An un-reversible hit to their brand. And, ironically, a public relations win for Planned Parenthood. For several days, a non-stop debate in public that un-doubtedly enlightened the public at large that PP is not just about abortions.

    If you sent money, that’s on you. Most PP supporters know exactly what they stand for, so they’re confident what their money will go towards. Komen supporters now have to question exactly what Komen stands for, and have to question what their money goes towards. And if you sent a donation just based on the granting issue, then that makes you a cynic, deserving of being parted from you money.

  • Jake in TX

    Epic fail. Bowing to political pressure.  Not another dime from us.

    • Oedipa Mossmoon

      Bowing to public pressure. Big difference. Have you visited Komen’s Facebook page? Scorching. Have you let the #Komen or #PP twitter feed flow past you a million tweets a minute? Or do you just envelope yourself in the comfy ol’ pro-life echo chamber?

      • Guest

        If you look past the twitter trolls and bots, you’ll see that their donations went up 100%.  Apparently, over two thirds of the emails they received were also positive.

        • Oedipa Mossmoon

          Both sides have had boons in fund-raising. That’s the nature of the bizness. Controversy = $. The question is, who will sustain the longer-term branding damage. I suggest it’s Komen.

          Beyond that, I gotta call out your hypocrisy. When you go to twitter to advocate your position, I assume it’s a high-minded affair? But anyone who dares to stand up for reproductive rights … we’re “trolls”? This hypocrisy is rampant right now, I suggest you check it. Komen has been pressured for years by pro-life factions, and I assume you thought that was hunky-dory. But pressure on Komen from PP advocates the last three days I’ve seen characterized as “bullying”, “gangsterism”, “threats”.

          Or maybe you just think twitter is irrelevant. It is not. Think SOPA. Think Tahrir Square. Now add Komen.

          • Guest

            Only time will tell how this will affect Komen, iff they stand by their decision.  Nobody really knows for sure whether this is the case, and we might not for a long time (after Planned Parenthood’s existing grants expire in a year or so).  I would personally wager that most of the people upset about this never actually donated to Komen in the first place.

            The “hypocrisy” and name-calling goes both ways.  Cecile Richards didn’t exactly have nice things to say about people who first called Komen out on funding PP:

            http://www.lifenews.com/2012/01/31/planned-parenthood-komen-stopped-because-pro-lifers-hate-women/

            There is a fine line between a principled boycott and literally trying to destroy an organization because it wants to improve the efficiency of its programs, stay neutral on a controversial issue, and avoid partnership with potentially corrupt organizations under investigation.  There’s also a fine line between legitimate criticism and trolling.  I think that hacking a website to add false and inflammatory statements crosses this line.  As does using bots to flood and crash servers.

            Then, there’s the problem of equating parts with wholes.  If you oppose a corrupt abortion organization that does some breast exams (but not mammograms), you’re opposed to women’s health and want them to die of cancer.  If you boycott a breast cancer charity that partners with it, the same applies.  But if you boycott said cancer charity after it severs ties with the abortion provider and places more emphasis on mammograms, you’re just standing up for reproductive health.

          • Letscook1

             It wasn’t “outsiders” that had never given to Komen that were complaining. Members of their own board resigned and local chapters of Komen closed.

          • Guest

            “Most”, as opposed to “all”, is a key word here.

            And those facts really imply that the organization is ideologically diverse and apparently rather disorganized.  The whole thing is rather reminiscent of Herman Cain.  They certainly don’t do the “vast, right-wing conspiracy” theory any justice.

  • thgary

    Hold steady friends. The statement from Komen doesn’t change anything. Read this blog by Jill Stanek: http://www.jillstanek.com/2012/02/decoding-komens-supposed-cave/

  • EmilyR

    In one week I go from not supporting Komen to supporting then back to not. BLAH!!!

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  • Bill McGuire

    It now becomes even more obvious the Komen needs to be fully exposed for their affiliation with Planned Parenthood.  I know there are many people who participate in fund raising for Komen (obviously for breast cancer research), but do they understand that they are actually contributing to Planned Parenthood?  Do they have alternatives to contribute to breast cancer research that would benefit the researchers as much as does Komen?  If so the word needs to be spread.  I know the major organizations like yourself understands the relationship between Komen and Planned Parenthood, but do the individuals “on the street” so to speak understand it.  The word needs to get out with no apologies to anyone.  Komen, if they continue their relationship with Planned Parenthood, needs to be exposed for what they are.

    • Letscook1

       Their “relationship” with Planned Parenthood was always known. It was never a secret and anyone could have figured it out. The internet has existed mainstream since the 90’s. That being said, what do breast exams have to do with abortions?

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