Planned Parenthood Receives $250K Donation From Michael Bloomberg

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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.”

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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.

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Michael Bloomberg said and did the right thing (as he often does).
It's clear that Komen, which had been doing a good job in combating breast cancer, foolishly allowed itself to be hijacked for political purposes by extremists who care far more about advancing their own far-right "back to the Middle Ages" social agenda than they do about combating breast cancer. Allowing their organization to be dragged into politics -- worst of all, far-out extremist politics -- in this way has really harmed the cause of fighting breast cancer. All this damage is direct consequence of another grave mistake by the board and management: hiring as Senior Vice President of public affairs Karen Handel, a failed candidate for the Virginia State Senate who is from the most extreme, gun-totin' far right of the Republican party, and is evidently misusing the money that pays for her salary -- money raised to combat cancer -- in an attempt to revive her failed political career.

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It's their money and they should be able to do anything with it that they want. Geez. Get over it PP.

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