The Susan G. Komen Foundation and Planned Parenthood’s longtime partnership is no more. The leading breast cancer charity announced Tuesday that it will no longer take part in Planned Parenthood’s educational health centers or prevention screenings, reports Fox News.
The decision for the Susan G. Komen Foundation comes on the coattails of the cancer charity’s new stipulations against gifting grants to organizations that are under either local or federal investigation. Recently, Planned Parenthood has come under investigation, attempting to determine if public money was improperly spent on abortions. Republican Representative Cliff Stearns initially raised scrutiny against the organization, claiming that they have violated the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits doctors from using federal funds to carry out abortions.
President of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Reichards fired back politically in a press release stating, “We are alarmed and saddened that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation appears to have succumbed to political pressure. Our greatest desire is for Komen to reconsider this policy and recommit to the partnership on which so many women count.”
Support for a reconciliation between the two organizations is strong with names like “Daily Show” co-creator, Lizz Winstead tweeting, “I am crying in a cab at this Komen decision. Tomorrow we will rally. Who is in this fight with me! You can no longer sit idly by.”
The Susan G. Komen foundation, according to Planned Parenthood, has helped provide funding for over 170,000 breast screenings in the last five years throughout their numerous health centers.