Planned Parenthood officials said they were “alarmed and saddened” by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation’s decision to stop funding breast cancer screening, exams and other women’s health services at the organization’s United States clinics.
The Komen Foundation, known for its iconic pink ribbon, said Tuesday that it is ending its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates because of recently adopted rules banning it from funding any organization under government investigation.
Last fall, U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) launched an inquiry to determine if Planned Parenthood uses public money to fund abortions. Planned Parenthood receives federal money but cannot use it to provide abortions.
In response, Planned Parenthood officials suggested the Komen Foundation bowed to “political pressure” from abortion opponents to severe ties with the organization.
“Anti-choice groups in America have repeatedly threatened the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation for partnering with Planned Parenthood to provide these lifesaving cancer screenings and news articles suggest that the Komen Foundation ultimately succumbed to these pressures,” said Cecile Richards, president of the organization, in a release posted on the group's Website.
In recent weeks, the Komen Foundation has begun notifying local Planned Parenthood programs that their breast cancer initiatives will not be eligible for new grants. Planned Parenthood officials said Komen Foundation leaders did not respond to their requests to meet to discuss the decision.
Planned Parenthood said it has launched a Breast Health Emergency Fund to offset the support that 19 local Planned Parenthood programs stand to lose from Komen.