“Race for the Cure” organizer dumps Planned Parenthood following pressure from religious right, GOP

UPDATE: How Komen hired a Republican anti-choice activist and suddenly they’re now dropping Planned Parenthood.

Perhaps it’s time Komen renamed its event “Running Away from the Cure.”

How committed to preventing breast cancer are you if you stop funding breast exams because of pressure from the religious right and Republicans in the House?

From AP:

The nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates — creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate, between two iconic organizations that have assisted millions of women.

The change will mean a cutoff of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly for breast exams.

Planned Parenthood says the move results from Komen bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists. Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress — a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups.

Aun, the Komen spokeswoman, said such pressure tactics were not the reason for the funding cutoff and cited Stearns’ House investigation as a key factor.

So Komen is claiming it’s the House Republicans who convinced it to kill funding for breast exams.

I’m all for helping to cure breast cancer – who isn’t? (well, I guess House Republicans aren’t) – but I’m not so sure I’d want to give my money to a fundraiser that is helping the Republican party turn Planned Parenthood into the next ACORN.  The Republican attempt to destroy Planned Parenthood is going to have larger implications for women’s health than one race, albeit one very large race.

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