In response to the Susan G. Komen Foundation cutting funding for Planned Parenthood, N.Y. City Mayor Michael Bloomberg personally plans to give it $250,000.
“Politics have no place in health care,” Bloomberg said. “Breast cancer screening saves lives and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood.
"We should be helping women access that care, not placing barriers in their way.”
The controversy erupted this week after the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation said it would not renew most of the grants it made to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings, amounting to around $700,000 annually.
The foundation said its polarizing decision was based on a new policy against funding organizations under government investigation ... which PP is.
A Republican congressman from Florida recently launched an inquiry into whether Planned Parenthood was using public funds for abortion services.Critics, though, say the funds were cut because of a new anti-abortion chief at Komen, Senior Vice President Karen Handel, a conservative.
Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, issued a statement saying that it was “enormously grateful to Mayor Bloomberg.”
“This contribution will help ensure that politics don’t interfere with women having access to health care,” the statement said.
“People all across the country have stepped forward in the last 48 hours to offer help and support, and the mayor’s donation will help ensure that no woman is denied breast cancer services because of right-wing political pressure campaigns.”
Bloomberg will donate a dollar for every new dollar that Planned Parenthood brings in, up to $250,000.