Komen for the Cure cuts ties with Planned Parenthood

By Anna Yee

February 1, 2012 Updated Feb 1, 2012 at 11:10 PM CDT

Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood, two of the nation's top leading organizations for women's healthcare are no longer partners.

In the wake of that decision, donors have contributed nearly nearly $900,000 to Planned Parenthood in the last twenty four hours.

Komen- a national fundraising leader for breast cancer research and services- says it is stopping all future grants to Planned Parenthood because of a new policy that prohibits funding groups under investigation.

Planned Parenthood is being investigated by a congressional committee lead by republicans for mis-using its funds to pay for abortions. That is something Planned Parenthood denies.

Not long ago Komen also hired a new vice-president, Karen Handel.

The former gubernatorial candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin ran on a platform condemning abortion funding Planned Parenthood.

Komen denies accusations that the decision to cut financing to Planned Parenthood is a political one.

"We have to become outcome based for everything, everywhere we grant money," said Linda Maricle, the Executive Director of Komen Peoria. "We have to make sure that it is maximizing the reach that it has in the community. And there are times you have to make some tough decisions."

"Their (Komen's) funding right now is critical in order to provide these services," said Carole Brite, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Illinois. "Really what the hope is is that the Komen Foundation will reconsider its decision and will recommit to working with Planned Parenthood."

The Washington Post reports donors contributed $650,000 since Komen's decision was made public. Another $250,000 was donated by a Dallas family to a Breast Health Emergency Fund formed this week by Planned Parenthood.

The Komen Foundation does not fund any Planned Parenthood affiliates in Central Illinois.

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