Komen, Planned Parenthood Rift Not Affecting OKC

Thursday, February 2nd 2012, 5:36 pm
By: News 9

Two national organizations that assist millions of women have cut ties.

Susan G. Komen says it will no longer partner with Planned Parenthood on a national level. However, the split won't affect the two organizations here in Oklahoma City.

Susan G. Komen executive director, Lorna Palmer in Oklahoma City said they still have a working relationship with the local Planned Parenthood when it comes to women's health.

But the two organizations made headlines after Komen cut ties to funding planned parenthood offices across the U.S. because of a "change in policy."

On the national level, "Race for the Cure" brings in billions of dollars for cancer research. Some of Komen's money provided grants to Planned Parenthood offices so women could get cancer screenings and breast exams until now.

Every year, Oklahoma City's Komen foundation says "We would get phone calls saying we won't support you until you stop supporting Planned Parenthood."

Planned Parenthood supporters say the cuts are politically motivated by conservative groups against abortions.

"This decision unfortunate as it is, was a result of a political pressure campaign, a bullying campaign trying to get it to cut ties with planned parenthood," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said.

"Regrettably, this strategic shift will affect a number of long-standing partners, but we have always done what is right for our organization," Susan G. Komen for the Cure Founder Nancy Brinker said.

Komen tells CBS News, an investigation into how planned parenthood uses tax payer dollars did factor in its decision to cut off the partnership.

Planned Parenthood of Oklahoma City does not perform abortions and the Komen office says they are still partners working collaboratively with planned parenthood when if comes to women's health.

In an email, planned parenthood said: "we do not currently receive funds from them [Komen]. We are very disappointed in the Komen Foundation's recent decision to end future breast cancer exams at Planned Parenthood health centers, but it will not affect Planned Parenthood services in the Oklahoma City area."

Planned parenthood and Susan G. Komen are teaming up to host a health fair for women at the state capitol on March 5.