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Pelosi Welcomes Komen Reversal On Planned Parenthood Funding

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WASHINGTON (CBS SF) – The Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer charity has reversed it decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood after three days of controversy.

Speaking on Capitol Hill, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi welcomed the decision.

“It just goes to show you when women speak out, women win,” Pelosi said. “Women’s health has a big victory this morning.”

“It just goes to show you when women speak out, women win. Women’s health has a big victory this morning,” she continued. “They made one decision. Now they have reversed it. We have a good outcome. I think we should just go forward with that outcome and focus on improving women’s health.”

The criteria that the charity had adopted would exclude Planned Parenthood for future grants for breast-cancer screenings because it was under government investigation—specifically, a probe launched by a Florida congressman at the urging of anti-abortion groups. Komen now says that policy will only apply to criminal investigations.

A statement from Komen says, “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.”

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