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Mayor Bloomberg is pledging money to Planned Parenthood that he says can help make up money the organization has lost after a breast cancer group has cut off its grants for breast screenings.
Bloomberg said in a statement that he would donate $1 for every new dollar Planned Parenthood raises, up to $250,000.
Bloomberg made the announcement after the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has been under fire from liberal advocacy groups, some members of Congress and other abortion rights supporters for pulling funding from Planned Parenthood.
"Politics have no place in health care," Bloomberg said. "Breast cancer screening saves lives and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood for access to care."
Planned Parenthood says the funding cutoff was a result of Komen succumbing to pressure from anti-abortion activists. Komen, in a statement issued Wednesday evening, denied that politics played a role and reiterated that its decision was based on newly adopted criteria for issuing grants.
The criteria bar grants to any organization that's under local, state or federal investigation. Planned Parenthood is being investigated for alleged financial improprieties by a Republican congressman acting with the encouragement of anti-abortion groups.
"We regret that these new policies have impacted some long-standing grantees, such as Planned Parenthood, but want to be absolutely clear that our grant-making decisions are not about politics," the Komen statement said.
It pledged to ensure that women who need breast-health services can still have access to them.
Planned Parenthood said in a statement that it was "enormously grateful" to the mayor and said the contribution will help women get access to health care.
The group said Wednesday that it had received $400,000 from 6,000 donors in the 24 hours after the news broke of the Komen funding loss.