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Susan G Komen For The Cure Charities Pulls Grant Money From Planned Parenthood
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Susan G Komen For the Cure Charities Pulls Grant Money From Planned Parenthood

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is one of the nation's leading breast cancer charities. Founded in 1982, nearly two billion dollars for breast cancer research has been raised by a number of events as well as products that bear the charity's name. For years, that charity has been giving grant money to Planned Parenthood affiliates across the nation to pay for such services as breast cancer screenings and other breast health services. But, now, that partnership is ending, leaving some women worried that they will be unable to get vital breast tests, including mammograms and critics calling foul.

According to spokesmen for Planned Parenthood, the move was directly the result of political pressure after an anti-abortion group pushed for an investigation in Congress. That probe, began by Representative Cliff Stearns, R-Fl, after being urged to do so, is being pursued to see if public money is being spent on abortions at the Planned Parenthood affiliates across the US. So far, that investigation has asked the agency, which provides a wide range of reproductive and health care services for women of various ages and economic levels., for nearly ten years worth of paperwork and files.

Komen's grants have paid out over $680,000 in grants to nearly twenty Planned Parenthood affiliates, specifically for breast screening. Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards called the probe nothing but politics and bullying. The move has been a hot topic on social media sites, including Twitter and Facebook, with groups both for and against the decision expressing their view. So far, two Democrats, Senator Patty Murray (WA) and Representative Michael Honda (CA) have come forward to call the move "deplorable".

Leslie Aun, a spokesperson for Susan G. Komen For the Cure, has said that the decision had nothing to do with politics or the pressure from anti-abortion groups but instead was motivated by a recent change in policy. Under the charity's new guidelines for grant approval, organizations that are under investigation at any level would be deemed ineligible until it is resolved.

Planned Parenthood operates eight hundred centers across the country, providing low cost or free birth control, cancer screenings and sexually transmitted disease treatments. An estimated four million breast exams have been performed by Planned Parenthood centers, many of them because of the Susan G. Komen grants. The two have been partnered since 2005. The charity has said that steps will be taken to prevent any potential gaps in services.


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