Susan G. Komen for the Cure chapters will fund at least 17 Planned Parenthood groups this year, approximately matching 2011 totals, says The Washington Post.
Affiliates of the reproductive-health organization that won grants, and some that were turned down, said Komen’s process of making grants appeared to be unaffected by the controversy that flared earlier this year when the breast-cancer charity attempted to cut ties with Planned Parenthood. Komen rescinded the decision amid a public outcry.
Most of this year’s grantees also received Komen money last year, when the cancer organization gave about $680,000 to 19 Planned Parenthood groups. The amount of this year’s grants is still being worked out, and additional Planned Parenthood affiliates could still receive grants from Komen units that do not start their fiscal year on April 1.
“We’ve acknowledged our missteps and apologized,” said Leslie Aun, a spokeswoman for the national Komen organization. “People need to know that we have not and never will walk away from women in need.”