*NOTE: Wow; this is certainly making headlines, isn’t it? Okay, I know, I’m throwing my two cents in again. This will be brief: Many people are calling the funding cut to Planned Parenthood “political.” Well, guess what? Maybe it is. And maybe it isn’t. My question to you is: shouldn’t Komen have all the right in the World to decide who to give THEIR grant money to, regardless of their reasons?
Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pledging money to Planned Parenthood to offset funds that were cut by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation.
The billionaire mayor has promised to match future donations to Planned Parenthood up to $250,000, mayoral spokeswoman Samantha Levine said Thursday. The health services organization uses the money for breast cancer screenings.
Bloomberg, a Democrat turned Republican turned independent, said politics “have no place” in health care.
“Breast cancer screening saves lives, and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood for access to care,” he said in a written statement. “We should be helping women access that care, not placing barriers in their way.”
Many donors and cancer research advocates were outraged after the Komen foundation said it was cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood because of new criteria for giving grants.
Critics, however, accused it of bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists.
On Wednesday, the Komen Foundation issued a statement saying “Our grant-making decisions are not about politics…Any efforts to make this political or leverage it for fundraising purposes would be a disservice to women.”
“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,” Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said in a written statement.
The mayor sent out a Twitter message Thursday afternoon urging other donors to come forward.
“Join me in standing with Planned Parenthood to protect and promote women’s health,” he tweeted.