Today we learned that Susan G. Komen For The Cure, the nation’s leading breast cancer charity, is ending its partnership with Planned Parenthood in a move that will result in a major loss of funding for breast exams at Planned Parenthood. Last year, Komen grants totaling roughly $680,000 were distributed to at least 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates to fund breast exams and other breast-health services.
Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun said the decision is the result of a new policy that bars the charity from giving grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. Recently Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla) launched an inquiry to determine whether Planned Parenthood’s public funding was improperly spent on abortions, making Planned Parenthood ineligible for grants from Komen.
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