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…
NEVER, EVER TRUST THE KOMEN FOUNDATION AGAIN!
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.
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!