What? Susan G. Komen apologizes today?

February 3, 2012

Embracing Life

Statement from Susan G. Komen Board of Directors and Founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker:

 DALLAS – February 3, 2012 – 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.

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.

It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics – anyone’s politics.

Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.

We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.

 

This is frustrating. I like roller coasters, but not emotional ones like this–that toy with life. Yesterday it appeared that  Komen was going to uphold life, and now today this charity giant is descending into the bowels of the Culture of Death. I heard a man interviewed on the radio and he said, “Unfortunately, if you mess with Planned Parenthood they bring a firestorm against you.”

We will continue to ‘mess’ with PP because it is the right thing to do.

And may this terrible storm pass, so that Komen will see the light.

One man commented: “From now on, going on a two-day bender and then trying to make it up to everyone after will be called ‘pulling a Komen.'”

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About Kathy Schneeman

After graduating from The College of St. Thomas, I taught at Nativity in St. Paul until our oldest was just about born in the classroom (What a great lesson on life that would have been for my students!) I then became a stay-at-home-mom while teaching religious education classes and working very part time at UST. Recently, I served as the Archdiocese's Life Coordinator in the Office for Marriage, Family and Life until twins arrived (I was almost 43!) When I have a few minutes of quiet time, I like to run, eat chocolates, scones and Mexican food (that's why I run), read, and have a beverage with my husband at night. We have a whopping nine kids (yes...same husband and same wife; we get that question a lot!) and we attend St. Joseph's in West St. Paul--where we first met when we were in grade school.

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  • http://catholicservant.com Craig Berry

    Sad.

  • Crusader Rabbit

    There’s only one solution! Let’s keep demonizing and insulting everyone who doesn’t approach these issues our way! Be sure to describe the struggle in the most extreme and polarizing manner! Ridicule them! Remind everyone that God is on our side, and they speak only for Satan! We must vanquish them! That’s what Christianity is all about!

  • Susan

    I wonder how Susan G. Komen, who was a victim of a terrible disease, looks at what’s done in her name now. This organization is a source of hope and help for many women. It’s tragic that while it works to save lives that it should also contribute to the taking of the lives of the most vulnerable.

    • Kathyschneeman

      Well said, Susan!

    • Camelart56

      Planned Parenthood is a lot more than about abortion! Before I had medical insurance, I went to Planned Parenthood for annual check ups and met with a counselor on site who helped me get out of an abusive relationship. It is too bad there are so many narrow minded people out there who only see black and white.