Charity’s decision to cut funding to Planned Parenthood sparks controversy

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 03 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e870
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The leading breast cancer charity in the United States has ignited a controversy after it decided to stop supporting Planned Parenthood’s cancer screening programmes for women on low incomes.

The charity, Susan G Komen for the Cure, initially said it was because Planned Parenthood is under investigation for misuse of funds. But a few days later its president, Elizabeth Johnson, said, “We have decided not to fund, wherever possible, pass-through grants. What we would like to have are clinics where we can directly fund mammograms.”

Susan G Komen for the Cure had given a total of about $700 000 (£440 000; €530 000) to 19 Planned Parenthood affiliates under the old policy and will continue to give funds to …

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