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Pelosi: Komen Reversal ‘Big Victory’

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi praised the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation’s decision to revise grant-funding policies to restore money to Planned Parenthood—but some of her colleagues slammed the change of events. “Women’s health has a big victory this morning,” Pelosi said. The Komen foundation had changed its funding policy, leaving Planned Parenthood no longer eligible—a decision the charity said had nothing to do with politics, but many suspected abortion was the reason. Within a week, the foundation reversed its decision and said it would restore funding to Planned Parenthood. Twenty-six Senate Democrats had signed a letter to Komen asking it to restore Planned Parenthood’s funds, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged $250,000 in matching grants. But not all lawmakers were pleased: Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers slammed the decision as “hollow and weak.”

February 3, 2012 3:33 PM