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Bloomberg Pledges Up To $250K To Planned Parenthood After Komen Foundation Pulls Funding

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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.

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.”

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