NPR is reporting that the Susan G. Komen foundation is severing it's ties and halting grants
to Planned Parenthood, cutting off "hundreds of thousands of dollars", mainly earmarked for breast exams.
Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress — a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups.
In September, 2011, Congressman Cliff Stearns
(R-Fla) sent a letter to Planned Parenthood demanding:
Internal audits from 1998 to 2010 showing how much federal money Planned Parenthood received and how it was spent, including if the government had to be reimbursed for improper billing to Medicaid, the federal-state healthcare program for the poor.
State-level audits of the group or its affiliates going back 20 years.
Policy statements that certify there is no co-mingling of federal dollars in programs that fund abortions to Planned Parenthood’s clients;
Explanations that convey the group’s procedures for reporting “criminal conduct,” to include statutory rape, sexual abuse, and suspected sex trafficking.
The decision to halt grants may have been made more than two months ago. The pro-life organization Life Decisions International
took the Komen foundation off it's "dishonorable mention
" boycott list on December 1st.
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.