Komen’s president and founder has apologized for the decision to pull support from Planned Parenthood.
The Susan G. Komen Foundation will still donate to Planned Parenthood, the foundation announced on Feb. 3, despite having just cut off support to the organization.
“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. 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,” president and founder Nancy Brinker said in a statement, ABC News reports.
“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,” the statement continued.
Komen pulled funding from the family planning organization seemingly under political pressure, sparking a huge backlash after the announcement was made.