Komen backs off decision on funding cuts

MSNBC has the story Komen backs off decision on funding cuts .

According to the Associated Press, which first reported Tuesday that Komen had adopted criteria excluding Planned Parenthood from grants, the original move was made solely to penalize the agency.

The AP reported that a source with direct knowledge of decision-making at Komen’s headquarters said the grant-making criteria were adopted with the deliberate intention of targeting Planned Parenthood. The criteria’s impact on Planned Parenthood and its status as the focus of government investigations were highlighted in a memo distributed to Komen affiliates in December.

According to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussions, a driving force behind the move was Karen Handel, who was hired by Komen last year as vice president for public policy after losing a campaign for governor in Georgia in which she stressed her anti-abortion views and frequently denounced Planned Parenthood.

Brinker, in an interview with MSNBC, said Handel didn’t have a significant role in the policy change.

At a special board meeting late on Thursday, the Komen organization agreed in principle to issue an apology and change the language of the organization’s funding criteria, board member John Raffaelli told Reuters.

“Our policy was that in our original board meeting (on the funding) and it didn’t come out very clearly,” Raffaelli said. “It got screwed up.”

I am glad to see the credibility of Komen restored.  Yeah, right.  That source with direct knowledge must have been mistaken.  Just because Komen adopted this policy that any baseless investigation would stop funding, and just because Planned Parenthood was the only recipient to be cut off, most assuredly the policy was not adopted to have the single outcome that it did.  Moreover, since they adopted the policy and then saw the consequences, they were powerless to change their minds until a groundswell of criticism reached them.

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