NBC's Andrea Mitchell, Sherri Shepard, Bloomberg React to Susan G. Komen's Planned Parenthood Defunding
Susan G. Komen's decision to cut its funding for Planned Parenthood continues to make waves.
The breast cancer research organization announced earlier this week that it had decided to sever its ties with Planned Parenthood, and would no longer be donating funds to the reproductive rights non-profit.
Protestors have taken to social networking sites and their pocketbooks to air their grievances. The Washington Post reported Planned Parenthood received $650,000 in the 24 hours following the announcement (nearly the amount Komen contributed last year).
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg stepped into the fray, publicly pledging up to $250,000 of his own money to Planned Parenthood, reported the New York Times. He will donate $1 for every new dollar the org. raises.
"Politics have no place in health care," he said in a statement, adding, "Breast cancer screening saves lives and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood for access to care. We should be helping women to access that care, not placing barriers in their way."
And he wasn't the only public persona to respond. Many celebrities took to their Twitter accounts to speak out against Komen, who has had a friend in the famous for years.
"Komen's rule forbidding grants to any organization currently under investigation ... okay then why are they funding $7.5M 2 Penn State," The View's Sherri Shepherd asked after the org. cited the investigation of Planned Parenthood by Representative Cliff Stearns of Florida as a potential credibility issue for donors.
NBC's Andrea Mitchell's Twitter account has been almost entirely Komen focused in recent days, with the newswoman publicizing Bloomberg's "ginormous" donation as well as an interview with Komen founder & CEO Nancy Brinker, who offered the defunding explanation.
Roseanne Barr also took a stand, saying, "boycott the susan g komen right wing attack on women's rights-do not contribute to this backward woman hating/racist organization."
While, author Judy Blume tweeted, "Susan Komen would not give in to bullies or to fear. Too bad the foundation bearing her name did. Support @PPact. Save lives."
The backlash hit Komen even closer to home when hackers installed a redirect on the www.komen.org site Thursday to a newly created page ww5.komen.org on which the banner read: "Susan G. Komen Marathon for the Cure: Help us run over poor women on our way to the bank."