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 ...

Subscriber access only You have reached the end of this Article Preview

To continue reading, subscribe now. Subscribers have full digital access.

July/August
Subscribe to CT and get one year free.
Read These Next
Also in this IssueA Rueful Meditation
A Rueful Meditation Subscriber Access Only
Leonard Cohen sings of mortality and hope.
RecommendedGender Inclusivity Isn't Liberal. It's Biblical.
Gender Inclusivity Isn't Liberal. It's Biblical.
Why conservative theologians are defending changing certain Bible verses to include women.
TrendingKay Warren: 'We Were in Marital Hell'
Kay Warren: 'We Were in Marital Hell'
Through God's work in our lives, we've beaten the odds that divorce would be the outcome of our ill-advised union.
Editor's PickFinding My ‘True Self’ As a Same-Sex Attracted Woman
Finding My ‘True Self’ As a Same-Sex Attracted Woman
In my young-adult struggle with sexual identity, both legalistic condemnation and progressive license left me floundering.
Christianity Today
Pink Stink: Komen Drops Planned Parenthood Support
hide thisFebruary February

In the Magazine

February 2012

To continue reading, subscribe now for full print and digital access.