Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Positives from the Susan G Komen kerfuffle

So the you-know-what hit the fan last week over the Susan G Komen foundation was reported to have cut funding to Planned Parenthood.  The wailing and gnashing of teeth from the pro-abortion supporters was quite livid, and within a matter of days Komen seems to have reversed itself.

I was about to give a donation for the first time to the Komen foundation but something told me to hold back as  the firestorm died down.  When the reversal occurred (which to be fair is hard to tell if they did reverse, Komen's wording is quite vague and hard to pin down) I decided to put down the checkbook and see where everyone stood when the smoke cleared.  It still remains to be seen what if any effect this will have.  But the damage is done, and Komen's supporters and detractors are already pulling out.  It remains to be seen if Komen survives this.

But I would be remiss if I did not point out some positives about this incident.  I can think of a few:

1. It really is all about abortion.  At the end of the day those who criticized Komen's move did so out of the idea that they were pressured by "anti-choice" ideologues.  The irony of that criticism as they actually pressured Komen back into the fold has seemed to escape them.  This has been helpful to illustrate to the doubters that for whatever the rhetoric of the PR machine of Planned Parenthood, at the end of the day it is about abortion, and abortion MUST be an acceptable choice.  No criticism of abortion will be brooked.  And offenses will be punished to the extreme.

2.  Charities will think twice about joining up with Planned Parenthood.  This episode will deter future charities from getting in bed with PP for two reasons.  First is that the firestorm over this will make anyone think twice about partnering up with an organization that draws so much controversy.  Controversy kills charities.  And nothing gets more controversy than abortion.  And given that abortion is PP's bread and butter it should be obvious to any charity to stand way-the-hell away from Planned Parenthood.

  Second, this episode also illustrates that once you are in with Planned Parenthood, you are in for good.  It is like the Mafia.  You never leave the family, except with a toe tag.  Charities should be well advised to note that it might not be a good idea to join up when that partnership will be an enduring one.  Any attempt to secure one's own freedom will be met with a vengeance.

3.  The media's leftist tilt is never more apparent when it comes to abortion.  From ignoring the 400,000 stealthy ninjas in D.C. during the March for Life, the mainstream media does its best to put lipstick on the Grim Reaper of abortion.  The coverage of the Komen issue has been so tilted to the point where the commentators couldn't even figure out why Komen might want to part ways with Planned Parenthood.  Doubters take note, while one may argue there is diversity about other issues, when it comes to abortion, there is only one side of the debate as far as the media is concerned.

All in all incidents like these are helpful to get the lay of the land.  It remains to be seen if Komen can survive.  Komen now knows that Planned Parenthood has it by the throat.  Such is the fate of any charity dumb enough to get involved with them.

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