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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Breast Cancer Foundation Pulls Money from Planned Parenthood

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Forget Republican pressure to pull funding from Planned Parenthood—the nonprofit's long-time ally in fighting breast cancer, the Susan G. Komen foundation, has done the job for them, yanking $680,000 in grants from Planned Parenthood.

The Komen Foundation's reasoning is that they don't give grants to groups under local, state, or federal investigation. Planned Parenthood is in the midst of a politically motivated probe, spearheaded by a Florida Republican at the request of anti-abortion groups, that's looking into whether Planned Parenthood misspent money. The Komen Foundation has also been under pressure. As NPR reports, several conservative charities have boycotted Komen for its ties to Planned Parenthood, including one group that recalled a pink Bible it had sold to raise money for breast cancer research.

The end result of this is that women may have to pay more for breast exams, or not receive them at all. Planned Parenthood had used the Komen grant money to perform 170,000 breast cancer exams in the past five years. That's a lot of cancer-catches to throw away.

Just FYI.

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