Susan G. Komen defends cutoff of Planned Parenthood

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On Thursday, New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg pledged $250,000 to match future donations - meaning the cutoff has become a net monetary positive for Planned Parenthood.

Rebellion swirled Thursday among Komen affiliates in several states, including Arkansas, California, Connecticut and New York.

The seven Komen affiliates in California sent a joint letter to the state’s congressional delegation, calling the national policy “a misstep.”

Mollie Williams, Komen’s top public health official, already has stepped down over the organization’s Planned Parenthood decision, the Atlantic reported. Dr. Kathy Plesser, a radiologist who is a member of Komen’s New York City affiliate’s medical advisory board, said she would do the same if there was no reversal.

Also Thursday, the American Association of University Women announced that it would not sponsor a Komen Race for the Cure at its upcoming National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.

“AAUW is disappointed that some are playing politics with women’s health and jeopardizing care for the most vulnerable among us,” said Lisa Maatz, the association’s director of public policy.

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