After days of outrage and controversy, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has apologized to the American public for deciding to end its financial support of Planned Parenthood and announced that it will continue funding the health services provider.
In a statement released today, the foundation expressed regret for casting doubt upon its commitment to its “mission of saving women’s lives” and emphasized that its decision to disqualify Planned Parenthood from being eligible to receive funding was not, in any way, instigated by politics. The foundation explained that its original decision to cease its support of Planned Parenthood was due to an administrative initiative to protect itself and its donors from organizations under investigation, but Komen has now amended its policy to only disqualify organizations that are under investigations that are “criminal and conclusive in nature” in order to vindicate Planned Parenthood. Critics have accused Komen of cutting ties to Planned Parenthood because of pressure exerted by anti-abortion activists.
Is it too late for Komen to apologize or has it fully redeemed itself among its disenfranchised supporters? Is Komen simply caving into public pressure or are its actions autonomous? Are politics to blame as the true underlying cause of this controversy?
Lisa Wolter, Executive Director, Orange County Affiliate, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Sue Dunlap, president, CEO, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles
Susan Wood, professor, health policy, George Washington University; former director, women’s health office, FDA