One of the country’s best-known breast cancer charities is halting funding to Planned Parenthood and its affiliates — cutting off hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants.
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure said it will stop giving grants — which help fund breast cancer screening and other breast-health services — to Planned Parenthood because it is under investigation in Congress by Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns.
Planned Parenthood says Komen is facing pressure from anti-abortion activists.
Komen grants totaled approximately $680,000 last year and $580,000 the year before.
Leslie Aun, a spokeswoman for Komen, said the charity's newly adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities.
Anti-abortion groups welcomed the news. The Alliance Defense Fund praised Komen "for seeing the contradiction between its lifesaving work and its relationship with an abortionist that has ended millions of lives."
Reaction to Komen’s decision was swift and passionate, with people using social media to praise Komen's decision or angrily vowing never to give to it again.
Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has depicted Stearns' probe as politically motivated and said she was dismayed that it had contributed to Komen's decision to halt the grants to PPFA affiliates.
The group was focused on raising funds to replace the Komen grants so that breast-screening services can continue, according to Richards. One person has already donated $250,000 towards that goal.
With the Associated Press