In response to massive public backlash, Susan G. Komen for the Cure has reversed its decision to withdraw funding for its breast-cancer screening programs at Planned Parenthood. The organization's founder, Nancy Brinker, released the following statement:
"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 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."
We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone's politics."
Over the past two days, the organization has faced widespread criticism for the original move, while Planned Parenthood has seen an outpouring of support totaling close to $1 million in donations, including $250,000 personally pledged by New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. In any case, nice to see that public opinion actually does make a difference sometimes, and that this all worked out for the best. Now let's all celebrate with a giant, commemorative pink cookie. Or, you know, a free breast-cancer screening.