Susan G. Komen no longer funding Planned Parenthood



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Posted on February 1, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 1 at 7:13 PM

AUSTIN -- Physicians and staff at Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region say their mission is simple -- to provide affordable health care to the under and uninsured.

"This is a state that doesn't have a lot of funds for health care," said Dr. Scott Spear, M.D. of Planned Parenthood. 

The way they do it is through federal funds, grants, and donations, but now thousands of those dollars are at risk.

Planned Parenthood is under congressional investigation over how it provides abortion services, and one of their substantial donors, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, has a new rule about investigations. Simply put, if you're under any type of government investigation, federal or local, you're no longer eligible to apply for grants.

"I think it's important that as any organization does grow, that they take a look at those policies and grow and make those changes as necessary to become better," said Austin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Executive Director Christy Casey-Moore.

Critics of the change argue it's a political attack on Planned Parenthood for providing abortions, but Susan G. Komen says that's just not true.

"When you go as an organization and you change the criteria for another organization to receive money, that's going to affect someone somewhere down the road. Now whether that's a red or a blue issue, I can't comment to that," Casey-Moore added.

Planned Parenthood claims the change will largely affect its clients. This year Susan G. Komen gave the Planned Parenthood of the Texas Capital Region more than $19,000. Over the last six years, 900 women received breast screenings through those Susan G. Komen funds.

Dr. Spear says the screenings are critical and can be the difference between life and death.

"This money helped us get them evaluated so that they could get picked up and managed in a timely fashion. So it's very critical," he added. 

There may not be a drop in services. Locally, Planned Parenthood has received about $19,000 in donations since this rift became public. That money will be used to when the Komen grant money runs out March 31.

Susan G. Komen says they are still funding similar services. Ten other local organizations receive funding through the cancer charity to help breast cancer patients. Click here for a list of those agencies.