Komen resumes grant funding for Planned Parenthood

April 13, 2012 23:28

WASHINGTON - Susan G. Komen for the Cure has quietly resumed funding for Planned Parenthood, two months after the leading US breast cancer charity set off an angry and debilitating debate about abortion rights by cutting off funds to the prominent women's health network.

The Dallas-based Komen foundation said on Friday that its local chapters have awarded grants to at least 17 Planned Parenthood affiliates for breast-cancer screenings and breast-health services for the fiscal year that began on April 1.

The grants are comparable in number and dollar value to what Planned Parenthood received last year, when $680,000 in Komen funds helped about 170,000 women, many of them living on low incomes in areas with few healthcare options.

The resumption of grant funding represented a milestone for efforts by the two well-known women's organizations to rebuild their relationship, at a time when Komen faces new financial challenges after angering donors by first cutting funding for Planned Parenthood and then reversing its decision.

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