Planned Parenthood says a flurry of new donations over the past couple of days has essentially made up the funding gap left by Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s decision to discontinue funding for the organization.
Bloomberg reports that as of Wednesday afternoon, Planned Parenthood had received $400,000 in pledges from 6,000 donors. Planned Parenthood also said that an emergency fund was started with a $250,000 gift from the foundation of the Texas oil baron Lee Fikes and his wife Amy.
That totals $650,000, which is not far from the $680,000 that Komen gave Planned Parenthood last year.
“People respond powerfully when they see politics interfering with women’s health,” a spokesman for Planned Parenthood told the AFP. “That’s why we’ve seen a tremendous outpouring of support.”
As our friends over at Shots told us this morning, Komen said efficiency and not politics led to their decision cut off funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides both breast screenings and abortions. But the decision from the country’s leading breast-cancer charity, which was announced on Tuesday night, unleashed strong feelings on both sides of the abortion debate.