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Komen and Planned Parenthood: A Timeline

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Posted on Feb 10, 2012
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Earlier this month, the press exposed shifty dealings in the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood following a congressional investigation supported by anti-abortion groups. ProPublica collects the story’s major developments and the changes in Komen’s official explanation. —ARK

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Wednesday, Feb. 1

Komen offers multiple explanations for its decision to defund: tighter grant-making requirements, nothing to do with the congressional investigation, everything to do with the investigation ...

Komen issues a statement saying that its actions have been widely mischaracterized and it needs to set the record straight: In the course of strengthening its grant program, the foundation put in place more stringent criteria. Planned Parenthood simply didn’t make the cut. The statement makes no mention of the Congressional investigation.

While Komen says the decision was not meant to target Planned Parenthood, inside sources offer a different story ...

Board member John Raffaelli tells the New York Times that Komen changed to its grant-making process specifically to end its relationship with Planned Parenthood. According to Raffaelli, Komen was worried a congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood would damage Komen’s credibility.

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