Today’s Lady News: Billionaire Bloomberg Will Donate Up To $250K To Planned Parenthood

  • Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire behind Bloomberg financial services and the mayor of New York City, announced today he would donate up to $250,000 in matching gifts to Planned Parenthood to make up most of what was halted from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure grants, which stopped earlier this week. The Komen foundation said it would not be granting money, which went to breast cancer screenings, because the clinics are being investigated at the behest of an anti-abortion Republican politician. Susan G. Komen for the Cure also recently hired a VP who ran for governor of Georgia on an anti-abortion platform and was endorsed by Sarah Palin. In a statement, Mayor Bloomberg said: “Politics have no place in health care. 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.” You can donate to Planned Parenthood here. Let’s secure that $250K! [New York Times]
  • By the way, here’s what Planned Parenthood actually does all day, in one handy dandy chart. No, it’s not abortions. [Washington Post]
  • How Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s defunding of Planned Parenthood will impact poor women of color. [Colorlines]
  • The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2011 was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committe along party lines today, with 10 Democrats supporting it and eight Republicans against it. This bill is the first ever to make grants available for outreaching to LGBT victims of domestic violence. [, Think Progress]
  • Ten quotes from Caitlin Flanagan’s book Girl Land made more palatable by cat photos. [Bitch Magazine]
  • Cheers to the lady on the New York City subway who photographed this sexual harasser who was “looking at me and jerking off.” I hope he gets caught soon. [Gothamist]
  • Blogger Sady Doyle on what Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has meant to the women who look up to her. [In These Times]
  • Hey there, McDonalds, this sure is a racially uncomfortable photograph. [Clutch Magazine]
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