A stunner. And a blow for both the political positioning of Planned Parenthood and the women its funding had helped. As AP reports, the influential, well-funded charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure has exited from its partnership with Planned Parenthood. That means it will cut off hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding. Last year its grants to Planned Parenthood totaled $680,000.
The charity contends the reason for withdrawing support is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation by Congress. On the other hand, Planned Parenthood claims the move is a result of Komen's caving to the anti-abortion forces.
Planned Parenthood is headed by the daughter - Cecile Richards - of the late Anne Richards who had been governor of Texas and a force in liberal politics.
Obviously, with the abortion issue so high profile as a result of this development, it will be central to the presidential campaign. Candidate Obama will have to bring his wife into this one.