NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) 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.

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The billionaire mayor has promised to match future donations to Planned Parenthood up to $250,000, mayoral spokeswoman Samantha Levine said Thursday. The 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.”

“The Mayor is stepping up and giving this gift is saying ‘do not politicize this issue.’ Women’s health just matters too much,” President and CEO of Planned Parenthood NYC, Joan Malin, told CBS 2′ s Dave Carlin.

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.”

The national-level Planned Parenthood is the focus of a Capitol Hill investigation into its use of taxpayer funds.  Komen Foundation founder Nancy Brinker said that probe was a factor in the decision to cut funding for Planned Parenthood.

“Regrettably this strategic shift will affect any number of long-standing partners, but we have always done what is right for our organization,” she said, adding “the scurrilous accusations being hurled at this organization are profoundly hurtful to so many of us.”

Thousands of messages have swamped Komen’s Facebook page — the vast majority of them being negative.  The Executive Director of Komen in Los Angeles has also resigned her post as a result of the decision.

“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.

What do you think about the entire situation?  Share your thoughts in the comments section below…

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Comments (71)
  1. annec says:

    I’m sick of the PP argument that the money is used to provide breast screening. If it weren’t for these funds, PP would have to use their own funds to pay for screenings. That would leave less for abortion funding. That is why I consider any donation that is given to PP a donation that makes abortions possible.

    Taxpayer-funded grants to the health clinic side of PP, allow them to use other funds for abortions.

  2. MarkJ says:

    The Nazis’ most evil ploy during the Holocaust was forcing Jews to help finance and participate in their own annihilation.

    It’s pretty clear Mayor Bloomberg hasn’t read much about the Holocaust, huh?

  3. Dano says:

    I still can’t believe people in New York voted for this d-bag.

  4. rc0213 says:

    Bloomberg claims to be independent, but his actions make him extreme left. Just another reason to not like him.

  5. John Tokalenko says:

    1942: Hitler tries to kill Jews like Bloomberg.

    2012: Bloomberg wants to kill babies.


  6. djw663 says:

    Bloomberg, a Democrat turned Republican turned independent, said politics “have no place” in health care.

    One- Bloomberg is far from an independent.
    Two- Healthcare is one of the top three political issues
    three- for a Billionare $250,000.00 is nothing and he won’t necessarily give them that money he will match donations up to that amount. A local family to me is matching funds up to $1 million dollars to donate to a local school for the kids to get a new swimming pool and they have nothing compared to Bloomberg.
    four- Again private donations fund a government program. The better off people are the more they are willing to donate with taxes, energy and food prices so high we do not have the money to donate like that of a few years ago.

  7. djw663 says:

    What I want to know is whether he is pledging the money from his own account or the tax payers?

  8. spock says:

    How come when something does not go a Socialist way they call it politics?? Secondly is not the main purpose of the foundation to find a cure, what has Planned Parenthood done topwards that.
    Secondly notice how all these Libs/Socialists want to fund Destroy Parenthood with other peoples money, oh just like Obama, use other peoples money. If you want to support so called Planned Parenthood, donate your own money, stop funding with tax dollars and other foundations!!

    1. Rebecca says:

      Um, Planned parenthood provides low or no cost breast cancer screenings to women who could not afford them otherwise.

    2. EricF says:

      1. You clearly are not acquainted with Planned Parenthood at all and should thus have the integrity not to render judgment on it. 2. Bloomberg did exactly what you said: he put his money where his mouth is. So what is the problem exactly?

  9. RandyC0609 says:

    The term is called “pinkwashing”. People do what feels go without engaging any critical reasoning. The Susan G Komen foundation has downplayed the dangers of bisphenol A (an estrogen mimicker and known hyper breast cancer agent) for years due to conflicts with corporate sponsorships that include Coca-Cola, General Mills, 3M, Georgia Pacific and many others. The dangers of BPA are coming to light a group like Susan G Komen which is the focal point of breast cancer awareness need to face up to its appalling track record of denial and cover up.

    1. mk says:

      This is great. The American way. I can now donate my money to breast cancer research and Bloomberg can donate his money to abortion. The way it is suppose to be. All private money.

      1. agreewithstevens says:

        EXACTLY. Planned Parenthood should get NO public monies, and if Komen is getting any money that is controversial…(I just don’t know anybody or any group against curing cancer) then they shouldn’t either.

  10. al says:

    I guess we now know who likes to fund killing unborn babies

    1. rebecca says:

      Or low price or no price breast cancer screenings.

      1. km says:

        Planned Parenthood provides very few screenings. They mostly provide referrals. Wouldn’t be a better use of money to just cut out the middleman in all of this and have them go directly to the agencies that actually provide the mammograms.

        1. Obed says:

          Good solution, too bad the evil business prospect of killing an innocent child in the womb far outweighs logic with these pagans.

      2. Ronnie says:

        Planned Parenthood causes the breast cancer through abortion that Komen is trying to eliminate…Does this make sense?

  11. Gordon Preston Brown says:

    Josef Stalin and Chairman Mao would be proud of Mayor Bloomberg if they were alive today. He is a communist, pure and simple.

    1. Gil says:

      don’t forget, those guys were also Socialists, Marxists, and both were related to Saul Alinsky. LOL

    2. jack g says:

      Riiight, socialist.A self made multi- billionaire socialist.I wish I were as simple as you, it would be a pleasure not to think on a daily basis.

    3. Obed says:

      Mao zedong 20 million deaths, planned parenthood 53 million & still we call it legal abortion instead of infanticide.

  12. Anthony says:

    Bloomberg is without a doubt the most pathetic Mayor in NYC history. After spending over 100 million to win reelection, he runs the City like his personal business. He is too busy supporting abortionist instead of having a parade for our returning Iraq Soldiers.

    1. RandyC0609 says:

      WOW! Good point. His priorities are out of wack.

    2. B.F. says:

      Don’t you mean to re-buy the election? Bloomberg has scored some points with Satan for this ploy. Way to go Michael! (Please note my tone of sarcasm.)

  13. Sara says:

    Gotta keep those Abortion mills up and running at full strength, we dont need any more blacks or hispanics in this country. Make sure you vote Democrat in 2012.

  14. CenterOfTheRoadIndependent says:

    what’s funny is the the Planned Parenthood quote, “The Mayor is stepping up and giving this gift is saying ‘do not politicize this issue.’ Women’s health just matters too much,” President and CEO of Planned Parenthood NYC, Joan Malin. Then one of her subordinates comments, “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.

    I wonder who is “politicizing” the issue?

    1. TeaRunner says:

      CBS and PP are politicizing it of course. Easier to do business when you have no standards to maintain.

    2. bj says:

      who can guarantee that any funds will go fo breast screening instead of abortions

  15. John Q. says:

    Planned Parenthood never did breast exams/mammograms etc. anyway, they just referred women to other sources for that. They were just using the money people donated to Komen, that then went to PP, for other things including abortions. A waste if truly fighting breast cancer as is their goal, not to mention donors that thought their money was going for that as well, so I don’t blame them at all for stopping support. There are better places to put that breast cancer money is the bottom line, and frankly I applaud them for it.

  16. Joel says:

    What a lefty crappy reporter!!!! Failed to state that Komen’s donations have gone up 100% since they ended their partnership with Baby Killer Inc. Seems like donors aren;t that upset. What a sham, this reporter should be fired, except for the fact the news director is a big lefty too, and was editing this story and said go find people who are outraged, outrage is what we need here, that’s the story!!!!

  17. ThunderclapNewman says:

    Kelly. Don’t even bother with Omar. Most of them don’t even know what “faux” means anyway. If you watch that prison channel, MSNBC, you rely on being spoon-fed.

  18. TeaRunner says:

    Isn’t this guy supposedly a Catholic?

    I guess Dems think they have to institute some kind of population control on their plantation.

  19. Rowdy Boots says:




    1. Gorbud says:

      The Mayor is one of the !% that run the country. He was a Democrat before he was a Republican before he was an Independent. He is just a little power seeker who wants to control everything within his grasp. If Planned Parenthood was around when he was born we would probably not have to look on his ugly mug today.

  20. chip says:

    Bloomberg was once sued by an employee who, in asking for maternity leave, was told by Bloomberg to “kill it.”

    They settled out of court.

    Nice guy.

  21. SeanNY says:

    Bravo to another qualified journalism school graduate. Watch how the author presents both sides of the story, in accord with journalistic ethics:

    “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.”

    So one side is critical and the other is outraged?? Really well done.

    1. mrunpc says:

      Good observation. It used to be called “persuasive journalism”, now it’s better known as outright “media bias”. THIS is what the Communist controlled universities and government run schools have been producing for about 50 years, advancing the Communist agenda to take over America.

      GOOGLE: The 45 Communist Goals To Take Over America” and read the list. It was entered into the U.S. Congressional record in 1963, the year they killed JFK, the half-decent “democrat”. From that moment on, it was the beginning of the “American Communist Revolution, led by LBJ and his Communist comrades in Congress. They began the massive social programs from Medicare to The Great War On Poverty” to create a completely dependent class of citizens and they’re nearing the goal line under the current Communist dictator squatting in OUR White House. One more term of this usurper and the United States of America will be finished!*
      ANTI-Obama/Democrat/Commie/Union stickers, etc.

    2. Gorbud says:

      He forgot to mention that P.P. was ripping of the Komen Foundation by referring most women seeking breast screening to other agencies were stealing the grant money to use for abortions and related services. Women’s health is the usual method of twisting language to obscure rather then make clear whats being said. Abuse of granted monies is an everyday occurrence in the real world. s.K. Foundation is just one group that would not stand for it. Now the Liberal kill machine will attack it all day long.

  22. JMWinPR says:

    Let’s examine this a bit. MM is a billionaire. (Funny, his initials are the same as my Ex, both are nuts) 250000 to a billionaire is the same as 250 to a millionaire or the 25 bucks to someone with 100K. Not much of a donation. Oh wait, liberals don’t donate to a charity unless they can get something in return.

    1. Gorbud says:

      The man is a MULTI Billionaire so it might be like $2.50.

  23. jdmojito says:

    Politics have no place in healthcare, agreed. And neither do abortions, especially for the person that winds up in the trashcan.

  24. Ed Garland says:

    A country that kills 55,000,000 babies and allows men to marry men cannon survive long.

  25. Ed Garland says:

    A country that kills 55,000,000 babies and allows ment to marry men cannon survive long.

  26. Darryl Cunningham says:

    Let the killing continue!

  27. TOTS says:

    Good to know Mr. Bloomberg is just another run of the mill politician. It’s quite ironic, a politician complaining about politics. I think either he’s either stupid or dishonest.

  28. czervik says:

    What a bunch of crap! Planned Parenthood doesn’t do breast cancer screenings. They refer you to someone who will. This is all about abortion, cheap and easy. Susan G. Komen can give the money to an organization that does the screenings themselves. Breast cancer screenings will be more readily available through this decision, not less.

    Planned Parenthood can refer women to any of the organizations that offer those screenings…unless it’s all politics for them.

    1. RandyC0609 says:

      Then there’s the phenomenon of pinkwashing, which Komen unabashedly created and encourages. Pinkwashing is the term used to describe when corporations claim to care about breast cancer by promoting “pink” products or a “pink ribbon” campaign (especially each October during “Breast Cancer Awareness Month”) while continuing to sell products that are linked to the disease. (One notorious example from a few Octobers ago was a company that promoted “Pinky” vodka to women. Alcohol consumption is generally considered a risk factor for breast cancer.)

      Komen has even engaged in some pinkwashing itself. For several years, Komen — with the help of TPR Holdings, a New York-based company that makes many colognes and cosmetics and which donates $1 million a year to the charity — has marketed its own perfume, “Promise Me.” It turns out, however, that the perfume contains several toxic chemicals (not listed on the label), including ones suspected of being carcinogenic. (Confronted with these findings, Komen said last fall that it is reformulating the perfume.)

      But “Promise Me” has another problem. Like so many of the other pinkwashing products hawked by companies, not much of the perfume’s purchase price actually goes to breast cancer research. According to the math done by one group of anti-pinkwashing activists, 3 percent of the perfume’s $59 price tag ends up being spent on breast cancer research. That’s $1.51 per bottle.

      No wonder many breast cancer activists and survivors see red whenever they see pink.

      1. RandyC0609 says:

        3 percent of the perfume’s $59 price tag ends up being spent on breast cancer research. That’s $1.51 per bottle.

        CHA CHING!!!

  29. MW33 says:

    The left, killing off their future political base… Now that I think about it, maybe this is a good thing? Bloomberg needs to give more.

  30. DR says:

    Despite her belief in white supremacy and eugenics, Margaret Sanger is glorified by PP on its website, including this line: “Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, is one of the movement’s great heroes.”

    The truth? Sanger was a devout racist who created the Negro Project designed to sterilize unknowing black women and others she deemed as undesirables of society? The founder of Planned Parenthood said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.”

    1. Yankee Doodle Retrocon says:

      you are very correct about Sanger (i don’t know about that specific quote), but she was a devout believer in eugenics.

      Bloomberg? Of course he supports PP, it helps keep “target” populations down in his over crowded city.

      What i don’t understand, however, is why the A-A community continues to support him and the other PP supporters??? Some form of self-destructive tendency?? Or simple brainwashing?

    2. RandyC0609 says:

      Amazing post and spot on!

  31. Not in NY says:

    There is something missing from this story. The fact that studies show over and over that women who get abortions are much more likely to get breast cancer!

    1. RandyC0609 says:

      ABSOLUTELY. The endocrine gets completely out of wack. There is a direct link

      1. chris says:

        As a pro-life physician I have significant doubts about a direct link between abortion and breast cancer. If there is actually a statistical increased risk of breast cancer in those who have had abortions it is more likely that women who have abortions are also more likely to do other stuff that contributes to breast cancer (like smoking and alcohol abuse) than women who have never had an abortion.

        We dont have to make up reasons why abortion is bad. Killing an unborn baby is bad enough just from an ethical standpoint and the emotional impact on the women who gets the abortion. When we use arguments of questionable validity such as this link to breast cancer we weaken our strong ethical argument against abortion.

        This whole story about Koman giving money to PP is illustrative about how some charities we might support may then secretively give our donation away to another group that we would never donate to. I will never give a donation to Koman again as long as they give grants to PP.

  32. DR says:

    If Bloomberg believes that politics have no place in healthcare, will he demand that Planned Parenthood dismantle its massive lobbying efforts? PP just released a political TV ad this week.

  33. Va_reader says:

    CBS and AP get it wrong by paragraph two. The statement, “The organization [Planned Parenthood] uses the money for breast cancer screenings,” is simply FALSE.

    Planned Parenthood DOES NOT PERFORM cancer screenings of ANY TYPE. All they do is refer clients to a provider that does (just like the Yellow Pages).

    The only services provided directly by Planned Parenthood are birth control and abortions. They DO NOT conduct cancer screenings of any sort.

    Komen cut the funds for one simple reason: it is a BREAST CANCER CHARITY, and Planned Parenthood — it’s claims to the contrary — does not actually do anything in regard to that issue.

  34. magnacarta says:

    Being a true Fascist in all he does, Bloomberg just verifies it with this act of Murder.

  35. Brian says:

    Omar, you’re an idiot.

  36. samuel madison says:

    In the wake of this week’s announcement that Susan G. Komen for the Cure will no longer be awarding grants to Planned Parenthood, the breast cancer organization’s donations have gone up 100 percent in the last two days.

    Read more:

  37. David Moore says:

    NY liberal stupidity – again!

  38. PL says:

    Planned Parenthood does not provide “health services” – they do abortions. This is a continuing effort to redefine words to fit their agenda.

  39. Barbara Press says:


  40. Life first says:

    I am extremely disappointed in the mayor. The bulk of Planned Parenthood’s profits come from killing babies. They do not even offer mammograms and women can get screenings at real health centers instead of a place that is in reality anti-women and anti-life. The right to life is not a political issue; it is a human rights issue. Supporting Planned Parenthood in any way is supporting an ongoing mass murder of innocent lives! The Susan G. Komen foundation is to be commended and applauded for this decision!

  41. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    What do you expect from a man who supports men interested in other mens rectums

  42. Omar says:

    That’s part of the new Faux News talking points they e-mail to their sheep, I mean viewers every night correct?

    1. Kelly says:

      Do you realize how brain dead you sound? Seriously, Faux news?? How original is that? I receive emails from the Obama campaign all the time telling me what to think. Last I checked, I’d never received a talking points email from ‘Faux news’.

  43. thomas says:

    The only thing pandering to the Religious Right will ever get you is syphilis.

    1. spock says:

      actually if people followed their religion, there would be no sexual tranmitted diseases that spread.

      You know Planned Parenthood (babykiller Inc) could get more donations if they ran the Advertisement – ‘Donate Tady get rid of a Liberal tomorrow!!’

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