The Susan G. Komen for the Cure has ended funding for Planned Parenthood. Komen officials announced that it has adopted a policy of no longer providing funding to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. Planned Parenthood is the target of a federal probe as to whether it spent public money on abortions.
Planned Parenthood officials call the investigation, prompted by a Republican Congressman from Florida, as politically motivated by anti-choice groups, while those applauding the funding cut, mainly religious groups, say it was time for Komen to end its affiliation with Planned Parenthood. The St. Louis Komen Race for the Cure is one of the largest run/walk events in the midwest, and draws more than 50-thousand people each year. While the St. Louis affiliate has never provided funding to Planned Parenthood in this area, Komen has raised more than $1.9 billion since 1982 for breast cancer research and has provided Planned Parenthood with several hundred thousand dollars each year since 2005 for those exams in other communities.