Bloomberg: ‘Politics Have No Place In Health Care’

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February 2, 2012 10:30 a.m.

Following the Komen Foundatin’s decision to cut its Planned Parenthood funding, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg promised to donate $250,000 of his own money to Planned Parenthood. Here’s Bloomberg’s statement announcing the news:

“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. We should be helping women access that care, not placing barriers in their way.”

 

And a statement from Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards:


“On behalf of hundreds of thousands of women nationwide who rely on Planned Parenthood for breast cancer education and screening, we are enormously grateful to Mayor Bloomberg. This contribution will help ensure that politics don’t interfere with women having access to health care. 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.”


A source in the Mayor’s office said Bloomberg is donating the funds to “help defray the loss of the Komen funds.”

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