[Update 11:27 a.m.: Susan G. Komen for the Cure has just announced it is reversing its decision, according to a number of sources. See the CNN story for details.]
The Susan G. Komen for the Cure, well known for rallying people behind its work to find a cure for breast cancer, has divided people this week with its decision to stop providing funding to Planned Parenthood for breast exams.
Representatives of Komen say the reason was because Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress, but Planned Parenthood advocates point out that the investigation is led by a conservative Republican backed by anti-abortion groups.
Planned Parenthood has more than 800 health centers across the nation and is the largest provider of abortions in the country. The organization provides affordable reproductive health care for women and men, as well as cancer screenings, including 4 million breast exams in the last 5 years. Supporters have rallied to aid Planned Parenthood in response to the loss of funding from Komen.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is the largest foundation dedicated to education and research about causes, treatment, and the search for a cure.
The two organizations had been working in partnership since 2005 to provide breast cancer screenings.
Komen sponsors events to raise awareness and money for breast cancer research around the country, including one in Massachusetts,
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[Editors' note — This piece is posted on the following Patches: Watertown, Sudbury, Newton, Brookline and Jamaica Plain.]