NY mayor pledges up to $250K to Planned Parenthood

Feb 2, 2012, 10:34 PM

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) – New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is pledging up to $250,000 to Planned Parenthood to offset funds that were cut by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation.

Mayoral spokeswoman Samantha Levine said Thursday the billionaire mayor has promised to match future donations to Planned Parenthood up to $250,000. The health services organization uses the money for breast cancer screenings.

The Komen foundation says it’s cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood because of new criteria for giving grants. Many donors and cancer research advocates accuse it of bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists.

Bloomberg is a Democrat turned Republican turned independent. He says politics “have no place” in health care. He says he wants people to join him in “standing with Planned Parenthood to protect” women’s health.

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NY mayor pledges up to $250K to Planned Parenthood