“Family Planning” has become synonymous with “abortion.” It is this idea that led the Susan G. Komen director Nancy Brinker to move to rescind over half a million dollars in funding from long-time partner Planned Parenthood on Tuesday. Massive backlash from groups on social networks led them to reverse their decision and instead opt to “amend criteria” for future agencies who can receive donations.
Their public apology stated:
We want to apologize for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives.
Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization started by Margaret Sanger in 1939 aiming to promote womens’ and childrens’ health, massively benefited from the rollback of funds. Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, donated $250,000 directly to the organization, among others.
“Komen has been a partner for the past few years and we appreciate the reversal of their decision,” Mara Posada, spokesperson for Planned Parenthood San Antonio, said. “[In the last few days,] we have received many inquiries expressing concern, received offers of philanthropy, and inquiries for support.”