Retitled: Komen Foundation Issues Dishonest ‘Reversal’ – UPDATED

Original title: “Komen Foundation Reverses, Will Fund Planned Parenthood Cancer Screenings.”

Well, lah-tee-dah. Komen Foundation didn’t like what happened when it acted as a political organization on behalf of right-wing anti-choice zealots, rather than a charity motivated to save women’s lives. People somehow just didn’t understand why the health of 170,000 women simply had to be compromised so that Komen could stop supporting an organization that (gasp!) was being investigated by a House committee. Imagine that! How narrow-minded must people be, who couldn’t see the overwhelming mandate to let poor women die in the service of… well, in the service of killing an eeeeevil organization! [/snark]

Apparently there’s no word yet on whether Komen had plans subsequently to defund the Penn State athletics department, also under investigation for improprieties, or the Catholic Church, whose little boys… oh, never mind.

I have come to only one conclusion, and I’m afraid a lot of other people have come to the same conclusion…


During the great debacle, I gave Planned Parenthood a small amount of money. Komen Foundation’s retrenchment will not cause me to withdraw that donation. Indeed, since I want the health of indigent women to be cared for into the indefinite future, I will do my small part to see to it that Planned Parenthood’s services… and yes, to all the screaming idiots out there, of course Planned Parenthood runs a separate budget for abortion services… never have to depend on the fickleness of politically driven nut-cases.

Never again!

UPDATE: the Student Activism blog posts a substantial clarification of what the Komen “reversal” really means: in essence, it means nothing, and is a PR move. It announces continuation of Komen’s funding of Planned Parenthood services through 2012, i.e., funding which was already decided… and promises to “preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants.” Right. Anyone may apply for anything, including Planned Parenthood, but with no expectation of being funded. The whole announcement is fundamentally dishonest. Why am I not surprised. A Catholic organization, whose interest in the matter is presumably directly opposite to mine, had this to say:

The president of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute calls Komen’s statement “nothing new. We have known and have reported that they are continuing five grants through 2012. This is a reference to that. The second clause about eligibility is certainly true. Any group can apply for anything. It does not mean they are going to get anything.”

As I said… the Komen announcement is fundamentally dishonest.

UPDATE: over two days, Planned Parenthood received $3 million in donations in response to Komen’s original announcement. Whatever Komen intended, they started something that is out of their reach. Fools!

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  • MandT  On Friday February 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    I hope there will be a large exodus away from KOMEN toward Planned Parenthood, if only for the reason the PP has complete health services, including abortion. It certainly didn’t help Komen when Brinks lost her temper with Andrea Mitchell and look liked a Marie Antoinette corporate tool.

    • Steve  On Friday February 3, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      MandT, I confess I could not bear to watch, and read the statement instead. In every possible way, Komen Foundation has acquitted itself deplorably.

  • NTodd Pritsky  On Friday February 3, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    As I’ve said elsewhere, if I follow their “metric” model, with my criterion being “don’t be political assholes who fuck with women’s health,” they fail so I will be giving “direct grants” to PP, not somebody whose overhead is so high because they pay RWNJ big salaries to force their ideology onto the poor.

    • Steve  On Friday February 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you, NTodd! I admit I was prejudiced from having done contract IT work for the local Planned Parenthood over two decades ago… and witnessed firsthand how they provide genuine care in every sense of the word, while putting up with holy shit from protesters. (I was there once right after someone had sprayed hydrogen sulfide inside the clinics and offices.) PP is about as direct as it gets in providing health services to poor women, students, etc. And yes, they’ll be getting my “direct grants” as well. AFAIC, Komen can just go play with its pink toys.

  • Bryan  On Friday February 3, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    When I read the new statement I was reminded of Isaac Azimov’s Foundation series. specifically the section about the mayors of Terminus, who had a program for analyzing speeches and agreements. There was no there, there. It was an empty PR-only statement. There was no content.

    The reasons SGK has offered have changed more often than the Shrubbery’s reasons for attacking Iraq, and are just as fact-filled.

    They don’t have anyone on staff who can fake sincerity, and they just blew up their program to please people who weren’t supporting them anyway. [Rather like the Democratic Party under Zero in that regard.]

    Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    • Steve  On Friday February 3, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      My sentiments as well, Bryan. No point in “missing” what you never really had, and once Komen made it clear how much actual women’s health care they were willing to provide (i.e., none), I saw no real use for them.

      In the first 24 hours after Komen’s initial announcement, Planned Parenthood… with just a few emails to people like me… raised about a half million dollars to support the screening Komen defunded. And if PP needs more, I’ll give another round. Komen has NO IDEA what it has started.

      UPDATE: over two days, Planned Parenthood received $3 million. Whatever Komen intended, they started something that is out of their reach. Fools!

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