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.If you thought their first decision had repercussions, wait until you see what comes out of this. The people who donated to Komen in the last couple of days because of their stand will be furious and will be demanding their money back. The people who were angered by the original decision still won't trust Komen and will not eagerly embrace them once again. They've just ticked off both sides of the abortion issue.
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.
I think you're seeing the death throes of what used to be the most politically correct charity in the country. When October comes along I'll go out of my way to avoid buying any products with the pink ribbon or in any way support the organization.
You can thank the media for carrying Planned Parenthood's water on this issue. Every story I saw made Planned Parenthood the victim and Komen an evil spawn of the Republican party. Too bad Komen didn't have the courage of what we thought were their convictions.
I really hate pink ribbons.