MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell had a hard hitting interview with Komen founder and CEO Nancy Brinker on Friday. Hours later she also went on to issue an apology on Komen.org.
Brinker said the entire Komen drops Planned Parenthood controversy is a “mischaracterization” because they “still have three grants they are committed to at least another year through the end of the grant cycle.”
And in a backtracking moment she also said “Planned Parenthood will probably be eligible in the next grant cycle.”
Brinker also said Karen Handel, the self-identified “staunchly and unequivocally pro-life” vice president of public policy, had “nothing to do with this decision.”
“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,” Brinker wrote on Komen.org’s blog.
“Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities,” Brinker went on to write.