Komen to restore funds to Planned Parenthood

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Washington, UNITED STATES: Nancy Brinker, Founder, Susan G. Komen for the Cure makes remarks at the Komen Community Challenge rally 26 April, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure released the 'Breast Cancer Mortality Report: Closing the Gaps in Eight Communities,' which gives an in depth look into eight communities with unusually high breast cancer mortality rates. (KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK -- Susan G. Komen for the Cure plans to restore funds to Planned Parenthood, CNN reported Friday.

The report cited Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who said on his website that the breast cancer foundation will continue providing funds to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings.

"With these changes to their policy, Susan G. Komen for the Cure is depoliticizing its grant-making process and refocusing itself back on its core mission: saving women's lives," Lautenberg said in a statement on the website.

The charity issued a statement Friday apologizing to the American public for recent decisions that it says "cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives."

The Komen foundation was under fire earlier this week for pulling its funding for Planned Parenthood, citing an investigation into the organization by a Florida representative as its reason.

The organization hired Karen Handel last year as vice president for public policy after she lost a campaign for governor of Georgia, where she stressed her anti-abortion views and often denounced Planned Parenthood.

Komen CEO Nancy Brinker has said Handel did not have a significant role in the policy change.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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