NPR is reporting that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure — the nation’s largest breast cancer charity — is halting its partnership with Planned Parenthood.
According to NPR a rift in the two women’s health organizations has been brewing for a while, mainly over an investigation in Congress of Planned Parenthood.
NPR quotes Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has depicted the Congressional probe as politically motivated and said she was dismayed that it had contributed to Komen’s decision to halt the grants to PPFA affiliates.
“It’s hard to understand how an organization with whom we share a mission of saving women’s lives could have bowed to this kind of bullying,” Richards told The Associated Press. “It’s really hurtful.”
At offices losing money, the loss of funding will most affect breast cancer screening exams for low-income women. Planned Parenthood is making efforts to replace the funds with new donations.
“North Carolina has not received any Komen money since 2009, which was a grant which served about 700 patients in the Triad area,” Jessica Lawrence, director of public policy for North Carolina Planned Parenthood, says.
“There is no Komen money for the Asheville office to take away,” Lawrence says.
The nearest facility to Asheville which will be directly affected is in Southwest Virgina. “We are deeply disappointed in the decision, and think it is a shame that politics continues to affect women’s health issues in this country,” Lawrence continued.
The Asheville office is closed until Friday morning for routine staff training, unrelated to the loss of funding.