Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization cuts Planned Parenthood breast cancer funding

Pink breast cancer ribbons
Pink breast cancer ribbons
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The nation's leading breast-cancer awareness group, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is cutting its funding to Planned Parenthood.

Nationwide, Planned Parenthood will lose about $700,000 in grants from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, known worldwide for its pink ribbons in support of breast cancer research.

Planned Parenthood blames the decision on political pressure from anti-abortion advocates.

"I find it really unfortunate that we put our politics ahead of lives," said Susan Dunlap, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, Los Angeles, "because at the end of the day, when Planned Parenthood provides cancer screenings, we’re saving lives."

The Komen organization denies that politics played a role.

Planned Parenthood of Orange & San Bernardino Counties is the only Southern California chapter that receives Komen grants. Last year, Komen awarded it $120,000 for breast cancer screenings and educational outreach to tens of thousands of women.