Facing criticism and boycotts from pro-life groups, breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure has dropped its partnership and financial support of Planned Parenthood and its affiliates, the Associated Press reported today.
In its February issue, arriving in mailboxes now, Christianity Today examined the recent controversy over the partnership and LifeWay Christian Resources' decision to halt sales of its breast cancer awareness Bible. Some proceeds from the Bible sales were to be donated to Komen. (CT's earlier story is posted below.)
Komen spokeswoman Leslie Aun told the Associated Press that the recent controversy with Lifeway (the Southern Baptist Convention's publishing arm) was not the reason for the break with Planned Parenthood. Instead, she said, new organizational rules against grants to groups under governmental investigation came into play when U.S. Representative Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) launched an inquiry.
Planned Parenthood, which conducts breast exams but not mammograms, received more than $600,000 from Komen last year. (One pro-life group put the number at $629,159. Planned Parenthood told the Associated Press that the grants were about $680,000.) Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said the organization is "alarmed and saddened that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation appears to have succumbed to political pressure."
Richards also indicated that "existing agreements or plans" between Komen and Planned Parenthood will continue, but that Komen Foundation officials have notified Planned Parenthood programs that they are ineligible for new grants.
While Komen officials have so far made no public statement about the decision, activists on both sides of the abortion fight are speculating on the ...1