The Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, which for nine years has held a wildly successful race attracting tens of thousands of participants, has severed its national ties with Planned Parenthood.
A spokesman for the national Komen office, Leslie Aun, told the Associated Press that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress and her charity recently adopted criteria barring grants to organizations that are under investigation by local, state or federal authorities. In September, Republican Florida Congressman Cliff Stearns launched an inquiry to determine whether Planned Parenthood had used public money to fund abortions.
Planned Parenthood said Komen grants totaled approximately $680,000 last year and $580,000 the year before.
Planned Parenthood has more than 800 health centers nationwide, including the Treasure Valley. It provides an array of services, including birth control, abortions, pregnancy counseling and cancer screenings. It's estimated that Planned Parenthood performed more than 4 million breast exams over the past five years.