The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation has announced it is cutting half of its three-day races due to poor response, a situation that a Komen spokeswoman blamed in part on the controversy over the charity’s decision last year to stop, and then renew funding to Planned Parenthood.
The cities where no one will run for a cure are Boston; Chicago; Cleveland; Phoenix; San Francisco; Tampa Bay; and Washington, D.C.
Last year, the Komen Foundation briefly opted to withhold more than half-a-million dollars in annual funding from the nation’s leading abortion provider on the grounds that Planned Parenthood does not perform mammograms. It simply refers patients to those who do, collecting a fee in the process.
Komen donations doubled in the days after cutting ties with Planned Parenthood. But after a well-orchestrated backlash that dominated national headlines for days, Komen CEO Nancy Brinker relented and restored funding before stepping down from her leadership role.
The betrayal led pro-life advocates to call for a boycott.
According to Komen, participation in the races has declined 37% over the past three years. However, Komen spokeswoman Andrea Rader told USA Today that the decline was a “little more dramatic” following the Planned Parenthood flap.
“There are some folks who will never be back and we know that, and we hope that they will support breast cancer charities because the work’s important,” she said.