NEW YORK (AP) -- Supporters are rallying around Planned Parenthood after renowned breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure decided to cut breast screening grants to the reproductive health organization.
Besides $400,000 in smaller donations from 6,000 people, Planned Parenthood is receiving $250,000 from a family foundation in Dallas and a $250,000 pledge announced Thursday by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to match future donations. Twenty-six U.S. senators signed a letter calling on Komen to reconsider its decision.
Komen, meanwhile, has been deluged with negative emails and Facebook postings, accusing it of knuckling under to pressure from anti-abortion groups. But Komen says the decision stemmed from its new criteria barring grants to organizations under investigation.
Planned Parenthood is the focus of an inquiry launched by a congressman with encouragement from anti-abortion groups.