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Komen affiliate announces new grant for Planned Parenthood

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Caroline May
Political Reporter

Following the Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to halt funding for Planned Parenthood and subsequent reversal, Komen donations to the abortion provider continue undeterred.

The North Jersey Komen affiliate became the most recent branch to donate to Planned Parenthood.

The group announced Friday that it had donated over $1.2 million to programs at 18 local organizations. Included in those 18 were Planned Parenthood of Greater Northern and Central New Jersey, according to The Record.

“Planned Parenthood was found worthy in terms of its patient education and how they measure up to our priorities in meeting the needs of women and men in our community,” Komen North Jersey spokeswoman Kathi Edelson Wolder said of an independent panel’s review of their grant applicants.

Controversy erupted at the beginning of the year when the breast cancer organization announced that it would no longer be providing grants to Planned Parenthood. After a short couple days of protest, largely from the pro-choice community, the organization reversed its decision — much to the chagrin of pro-lifers who had cheered the decision to cease funding.

On Monday, LifeNews pointed that in April, The Washington Post reported that at least 17 Planned Parenthood affiliates are expected to receive Komen funding this year. In 2011, 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates received $680,000 from Komen.

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