"Three years into that role, and 32 years after my promise to my sister to end breast cancer, I want now to focus on Susan G. Komen's global mission and raising resources to bring our promise to women all around the world," she said.
Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, praised both women for helping elevate the importance of breast cancer detection and prevention. She also noted that "the Komen-funded Planned Parenthood programs have helped thousands of women in rural and underserved communities get breast health education, screenings, and referrals for mammograms. We are proud to continue this work together."
Some Komen affiliates were publicly opposed to cutting off Planned Parenthood. In the days after Komen decided to restore the funding, policy chief Karen Handel resigned. She opposed abortion as a Republican candidate for Georgia governor and had become a target of those angry about the decision to halt funding to Planned Parenthood.
Her resignation was followed by Katrina McGhee, executive vice president and chief marketing officer; Nancy Macgregor, vice president of global networks; and Joanna Newcomb, director of affiliate strategy and planning.
And organizers of individual Race for the Cure events saw participation decline by as much as 30 percent. Most also saw their fundraising numbers sink, although a couple of races brought in more money.
Race organizers have acknowledged the effect of the Planned Parenthood debacle, which angered people on both sides of the abortion debate.
In response to the controversy, Komen spokeswoman Andrea Rader said "Liz [Thompson] made clear in her statement that we feel that we've moved past that."
The foundation has invested $1.3 billion in community programs over 30 years to pay for screenings, education, and financial and psychological support for those fighting breast cancer, according to Komen's statement.