Internet Fury Sparks Komen Reversal, $3 Million for Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood Federation of America Inc., riding a powerful wave of Internet indignation, raised $3 million in reaction to Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision, reversed yesterday, to end its grants.
The dispute between Planned Parenthood and the breast- cancer group Komen, two of the largest health advocacy groups for U.S. women, concluded when Komen overturned its plan to call off $680,000 in Planned Parenthood grants and said in a statement it wanted to “apologize to the American people.”
Komen originally cited a congressional probe of Planned Parenthood in declaring the group ineligible for funding. Planned Parenthood said Komen was pressured by anti-abortion forces, setting off a blaze of Internet protest on Twitter Inc., Facebook Inc (FB). and other websites.
“When it broke, it just caught fire,” Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood’s president, said yesterday in a conference call. “This is an extraordinary outpouring of support.”