Komen reverses Planned Parenthood decision

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on February 3, 2012 at 6:00 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 3 at 10:17 PM

FORT WORTH - The Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas says Komen's decision is regrettable.

It is telling supporters to send Komen a message - stand strong and decline future funding to Planned Parenthood.

Facing a huge national outcry, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure reversed its controversial decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood.

In a written statement, Komen founder Nancy Brinker said she and the board of directors "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 announcement wasn't even finished before guests at the annual Planned Parenthood of North Texas luncheon in Fort Worth rose to a standing ovation.

"Thrilled, is the word," said Ken Lambrecht, CEO of Planned Parenthood of North Texas Ceo. "I was absolutely thrilled and relieved because Planned Parenthood has had such a long and rich history with Komen in Tarrant County, Dallas County and in North Texas."

The Komen controversy has turned into a financial windfall for Planned Parenthood.

Nationally, the organization has recieved more $3 million in new donations just since Tuesday. About half a million dollars has been raised in North Texas.

Fort Worth's Sid Bass reportedly pledged $100,000 Friday.

"I know how passionate our supporters are," said Kelly Hart, a Planned Parenthood spokesperson. "But, even I was overwhelmed at how they really just so immediately and so quickly came to say they stood for Planned Parenthood and express their disappointment in the Komen, and surely the Komen officials were looking at that as well."

A Komen representive was sent to the Planned Parenthood event at the Omni Hotel in Fort Worth, not to comment, but to hand out a statement from the board of directors that read, "We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics, anyone's politics."

But an outpouring of criticism against Komen in recent days has many wondering if politics isn't still at play.

E-mail: jstjames@wfaa.com

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