Planned Parenthood raises $400,000 in 24 hours

The group announced yesterday a $250,000 donation to continue providing cancer screenings to low-income women.

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"People respond powerfully when they see politics interfering with women’s health," Planned Parenthood said. "That’s why we’ve seen a tremendous outpouring of support. These donations will continue to help expand Planned Parenthood’s critical health care services nationwide, especially those affiliates impacted by the Komen cuts."

Critics of Komen's decision say the charity caved to political pressure from the right, which has pushed aggressively to cut off public funding to Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions in addition to other women's healthcare services.

Komen has said it severed its ties with Planned Parenthood not because of politics, but because Planned Parenthood is the subject of a congressional investigation. Nevertheless, abortion-rights opponents cheered the move, saying a cancer charity never should have been involved with organizations that provide abortions.



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