Melissa Etheridge: Komen decision would have cost lives
February 3rd, 2012
03:16 PM ET

Melissa Etheridge: Komen decision would have cost lives

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has reversed its decision to cut off funding for some of its projects with Planned Parenthood, a move that undoubtedly has lifted the spirits of Melissa Etheridge.

The singer was just one of many who reacted strongly to the news that Komen, a non-profit that’s raised millions to fight breast cancer, had decided to withdraw funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood locations.

Etheridge, a breast cancer survivor herself, said the decision would cost lives, especially among poor women who rely on Planned Parenthood to pay for breast cancer screening.

Komen said Tuesday that it was dropping funding for Planned Parenthood because the group is the subject of an investigation launched by a Republican member of Congress. Critics say Komen simply bowed to pressure from right wing groups who fiercely oppose PP because it also provides abortion services.

Actress Sandra Bernhard and author Judy Blume are among those criticizing Komen via Twitter. Blume Tweeted, “Susan Komen would not give in to bullies or to fear. Too bad the foundation bearing her name did.”

But on Friday, a chastened Komen backtracked.

"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 organization said in a statement. "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."

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