04 Feb '12, 5am

US breast cancer charity drops plans to cut Planned Parenthood funding

NEW YORK - For leaders of the United States' pre-eminent breast-cancer charity, it was a firestorm they didn't see coming - and couldn't withstand. Susan G. Komen for the Cure on Friday abandoned plans to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. The dramatic retreat followed a three-day furor that resounded across the Internet, in the US Congress and - perhaps most tellingly - among Komen affiliates who openly rebelled, suggesting the leadership had bowed to anti-abortion pressure. "We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," Komen said in a statement on Friday signed by its board of directors and its founder Nancy Brinker. Komen's earlier decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood had thrust the group into America's deeply politicized debate over abortion rights and its a...

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