democracynow.org – The nation’s leading breast cancer charity is under intense scrutiny for its decision to cut-off funding for breast cancer screening programs run by Planned Parenthood. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure has confirmed it is withdrawing support for 19 of Planned Parenthood’s 83 affiliates, citing a new policy barring funding for any groups under investigation by local, state or federal authorities.
Planned Parenthood’s finances are currently the subject of a probe led by anti-abortion Republican Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida. “If you look at all the government reports which have already been done on Planned Parenthood, they’re completely cleared of any of the charges that Cliff Stearns claims he’s looking for. So, this is a witch hunt,” says Jodi Jacobson, is the editor-in-chief of RH Reality Check, who recently wrote the article, “The Cancerous Politics and Ideology of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.” We also speak with Patrick Hurd, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Virginia and a recipient of a 2010 grant from Komen, and his wife, Betsi Hurd, who has participated in several Komen fundraising events and is currently battling breast cancer.
“This isn’t about fund raising,” says Patrick Hurd. “This is about making sure that we provide access to women, that we continue to provide education to women, that we continue to serve the women in communities where Planned Parenthoods are located.”
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