Komen Foundation Didn’t Entirely Cave To Planned Parenthood

The Susan G. Komen Foundation (the founders of the pink ribbon campaign against breast cancer) caused a stir recently when they announced that they would no longer accept grant applications from explicitly political pro-abortion group Planned Parenthood. Ostensibly the reason was because Planned Parenthood is currently under congressional investigation, but even beyond that it’s a move that makes sense for the Komen Foundation.

After all, the Komen Foundation is a-political and about as non-controversial as you can get. Everybody wants to cure breast cancer, because everybody loves boobies. Planned Parenthood, on the other hand, is one of the most controversial groups in the nation. The Komen Foundation could only stand to be hurt from their association with the abortion mill operators, and Planned Parenthood wasn’t exactly doing anything to help fight breast cancer anyway.

But after the Komen Foundation made its decision, Planned Parenthood rallied the pro-abortion crowd for a full-on political assault, and today the Komen foundation announced that they were reversing their decision.

Some are saying that this means the Komen Foundation will continue to fund Planned Parenthood (I still can’t figure out why they were funding the group to begin with), but that’s not entirely accurate. The Komen Foundation will continue to consider grant applications from Planned Parenthood.

The group is reserving the right to say no to those applications. And at this point, after the way Planned Parenthood went on the war path, why would they give the group any money?

The Komen Foundation is better off limiting their exposure to Planned Parenthood, and focusing their resources on groups that are actually doing something about breast cancer.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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