The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation is known for being one of the nation’s leading groups to raise money for women with breast cancer. They also partner with like-minded organizations in an attempt to raise awareness for the disease that affects thousands of women yearly. On Tuesday, they announced that one of those organizations, Planned Parenthood, would no longer receive their support. With their exit goes thousands in grant money—$680,000 given in 2011 alone—used for breast exams and services at 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates.
Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun said the cutoff derived from the charity’s newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. This applies to Planned Parenthood because it’s the focus of an inquiry launched by Rep. Cliff Stearns, R-Fla., seeking to determine whether public money was improperly spent on abortions.
The foundation, which began this partnership in 1995, has been boycotted in the past by pro-life groups such as the Southern Baptist Convention, who recalled pink Bibles it had sold because some of the money generated went to Planned Parenthood. A range of dissenters, including two members of the Congress, voiced their upset Tuesday evening. The Susan G. Komen Foundation declined further comment.
As the abortion debate remains a highly politicized issue, are we buying the Komen Foundation’s excuse for pulling funding?