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She said she had stopped running in Komen’s Race for the Cure because of its ties with Planned Parenthood, but "in the future, I’ll be racing with them to support this courageous decision."
Komen, based in Dallas and founded in 1982, has invested more than $1.9 billion since then in research, health services and advocacy while becoming the largest breast-cancer charity in the nation. Its Race for the Cure fundraising events have become a global phenomenon.
Editorials about Komen’s decision were published by several newspapers.
"Komen caved to political pressure," wrote editorial writer Tod Robberson in the Dallas Morning News. "The next time Komen for the Cure comes asking us for an editorial supporting one of their local events, I’m going the think twice."
The Star-Ledger in New Jersey took a more nuanced view.
"It’s hard to see who the winners are in this mess," it wrote. "As so often happens when their bodies become a political battleground, women ultimately lose."
Susan G. Komen for the Cure: http://ww5.komen.org/
Planned Parenthood: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/
AP Chief Medical Writer Marilynn Marchione contributed to this report.
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