Bloomberg applauds Komen decision to reinstate funding to Planned Parenthood
Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised the Susan G. Komen For the Cure foundation’s decision to restore its annual $700,000 in funding to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings, a spokesperson said.
“Parenthood is a trusted provider of life-saving breast exams and women can now rest more easily knowing this funding will continue,” said Samantha Levine, a spokeswoman for the mayor. “He applauds those who rallied and organized on line and made the real difference.”
Yesterday, Bloomberg announced he would match each dollar raised by Planned Parenthood up to $250,000 in an effort to help make up the difference. Levine said the mayor still plans to donate that money.
The Susan G. Komen foundation released a statement today about its decision to restore funding to Planned Parenthood.
“The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen,” the statement said. “We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.”