Questions surround the Susan G. Komen grant policy

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on February 2, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 2 at 9:53 PM

DALLAS - Susan G. Komen for the Cure severed ties with Planned Parenthood this week, inciting nationwide controversy into the decision.

Since Wednesday, when word spread, pledges began pouring into Planned Parenthood. The organization may have already far exceeded the funding it lost from Komen for its breast cancer prevention programs.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Dallas chapters' Facebook page has been hit with thousands of responses to the funding decision.

In a video posted on the Komen web site, founder and CEO Nancy Brinker "set the record straight," saying cutting funding to Planned Parenthood was not motivated by political pressure and the abortion debate.

"We are working to eliminate duplicative grants," Brinker said in her online statement. "Freeing up more dollars for higher impact programs. And wherever possible, we want to grant to the provider, who is actually providing the lifesaving mammogram. We also added more stringent eligibility and performance criteria to support these new programs."

But a memo, obtained by the The Atlantic, outlines to employees the new grant-making criteria, saying that an applicant "...under formal investigation for financial or administrative improprieties by local, state or federal authorities, the applicant will be ineligible to receive a grant."

On the Komen site, News 8 found a list of 12 grants from Komen to Dallas County organizations, including Planned Parenthood. The full list can be found below this story, or by clicking here.

Parkland has been "under investigation" and in jeopardy of losing government funding.

Parkland's Breast Health Program received $150,000 from Komen. The hospital is still under federal oversight by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for safety deficiencies that continue to threaten Parkland's federal funding.

Parkland confirms to News 8, they have received no contact from Komen about potentially revoking their funds.

The policy discrepancy is not missed on Planned Parenthood of North Texas CEO Ken Lambrecht.

"I believe that the national Komen foundation has caved to political extremism," Lambrecht said.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure did not return News 8 contacts for comment.

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The list of grants includes: Asian Breast Health Outreach Project, Breast Prosthetics/Wigs/Transportation Program, Bridging Breast Health Access in Dallas County, Bridge of Blessings Financial Assistance Dallas County 2011, Expanding Access to Breast Care Through Mobile Outreach and Facility Services, Parkland's Breast Health Outreach Program, Screening Mammography for Uninsured Women of Dallas County, Small Pearls of Hope, Mobile Mammography Outreach Project, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Genetic Testing for Hereditary Breast Cancer and the Women's Health Program.

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