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Susan G. Komen for the Cure severs ties with Planned Parenthood

by The Madeleine Brand Show

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Breast cancer funding took a big hit when the women's health organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure announced it would withdraw support from Planned Parenthood. Jason Meredith/Flickr

Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the largest breast cancer organization in the US, will no longer fund Planned Parenthood's breast cancer exams.

Officials from Komen explained that it has new rules that prohibit it from contributing to any group under federal investigation. A conservative republican lawmaker has launched an investigation into whether Planned Parenthood uses public money for abortions.

Pro-life activists have pressured Komen for years to break with Planned Parenthood, and pro-choice activists say Komen bent to political pressure.

The change will mean a cutoff of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly for breast exams. Planned Parenthood said the Komen grants totaled roughly $680,000 last year and $580,000 the year before, going to at least 19 of its affiliates for breast-cancer screening and other breast-health services.

Susan Wood, former director of the Women's Health Offfice at the FDA from 2000-2005 and George Washington University professor, talks with Madeleine about the situation.

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