Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, is pledging up to $250,000 to Planned Parenthood to help offset funds that were discontinued by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, according to the Miami Herald.
Mayor Bloomberg said Thursday that he would give Planned Parenthood Federation of America $1 for every new dollar the organization raises up to $250,000.
"Politics have no place in health care," Mayor Bloomberg said in a statement. "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."
According to the New York Times, the controversy erupted this week when the Komen foundation said it would no longer donate funds to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings. Planned Parenthood had received about $700,000 a year from the Komen foundation.
Mayor Bloomberg has been a long-time supporter of both Planned Parenthood and the Komen foundation, according to the Times. His office said that he has given about $555,000 to Planned Parenthood over the years, as well as $200,000 to the Komen foundation.