One of the best ways to judge what is dear to someone is to see what drives them. If you look at Memeorandum today you will see link after link concerning Susan G. Komen’s decision to stop funding Planned Parenthood. As of this writing no less that 11 headlines deal with this decision with 9 of them hitting the story from the left and the description within the pieces are full of outrage.
And God forbid you put a piece supporting Komen’s decision on a “Woman’s” site. My friend Jenny Erickson is being pummeled in comments for this piece on the Komen decision.
If you think about this for a moment this should have been a one day story. Susan G. Komen is a breast cancer charity, it’s not a government agency, it’s not a state agency, it’s a private charity whose mission to to fight breast cancer. Nothing in this decision is going to change the good that Komen does.
Nor would the idea that as such a charity would direct it’s funds and it’s time in the most efficient way be odd. Every dollar Komen gets comes from someone else. That they would direct such money directly to places that provide mammograms in quantity (unlike almost all Planned parenthood sites)
So it raises the question, why is the left in such an uproar? Why is a group like the American Association of University women no longer counting Komen as “community service” Why is Howard Dean calling on corporations to boycott Komen? Is Komen no longer going to be working for a cure for Breast Cancer? Will the young women in the group be less supportable to Breast Cancer than they were last week?
The fact is like Wisconsin this is a defining moment:
When Governor Scott Walker passed his reforms which included the removal of automatic dues deductions for unions it threatened the money flow to the left. They were willing to make any deal to keep it. Without compulsion thousands of Union members voted with their pocketbooks in though times. And when the districts where no longer locked into contracts that forced them into non-competitive contracts with Union heath insurance plans it cost them even more.
The fear and the danger for the left is that it would spread to other states and cut off circular use of taxpayer funding that is the life’s blood of democratic campaigns. An example had to be made and the left, even as they appear to fail in Wisconsin, the left intends to make it a bloody cost.
And that brings us to Susan G. Komen.
The same circular funding scheme that exists for the Unions exists with Planned Parnethood, funds go to Planned Parenthood to support abortion, become political donations to Democratic candidates that push public funds back to Planned Parenthood. That is why they fought so hard to save funding at the Federal Level and are fighting so hard to perverse it on the state level.
But for companies such support of the nation’s #1 abortion provider has not been without cost: As Komen discovered a lot of people who would otherwise have been supporting them had cut ties:
The biggest reason SGK stopped funding Planned Parenthood? “Nancy Brinker [SGK chairwoman, pictured right] said she was spending nearly half her time dealing with the Planned Parenthood issue,” said my source. “She decided she just couldn’t do it any longer.”
Quite simply, Planned Parenthood is poison.
Many other business and organizations know this same thing but have been too timid to act. The left knows and understands this. (That’s why Planned Parenthood NOT KOMEN broke the story) If Komen is allowed to survive and thrive without the imprimatur of the left, then how many will follow suit? That’s why, no matter how many women’s lives are saved by their actions, they must be destroyed.
The Hill is reporting that Rep. Jackie Spier is leading the charge for liberals to abandon the Susan G Komen For The Cure charity because it has stopped funding Planned Parenthood.
Rod Dreher puts it well:
the more I think about it, the more I realize this is a clarifying moment. Think of it! Three decades of service to women fighting breast cancer, and having raised and distributed hundreds of millions of dollars nearly $2 billion towards that goal, means absolutely nothing to these people now trying to destroy Komen. They could have denounced Komen’s decision, but in light of all Komen has done, and still does for women, turned their ire on the Republicans, the Religious Right, and so forth. But no, Komen broke ranks, and it must be dealt with harshly. And the sympathetic mainstream media is helping them do the job.
It is for that reason why the left will make this a one year story rather than a one day story. They will not relent they will try to make it Komen’s Waterloo. But as the Komen fundraising numbers already show it is Waterloo and Komen like Scott Walker before them, is playing the role of Wellington.
Exit question: Komen KNEW this was coming and still did it. What does that say about the power of the left?
Update: A lot of people a panicking about the Komen “cave” but not only is there a lot less than meets the eye the American Papist (no squish on life) gets it.
I mean, just pause for a moment: if Planned Parenthood is so serious about protecting women’s health how does it justify leading a crusade to destroy the world’s leading breast cancer research foundation over these past days?? It’s simply incredible, and we need to make sure it’s never forgotten.
One last thing: we need to remember the big picture. Over the past 48 hours, not only did Planned Parenthood reveal itself as willing to seriously damage and attempt to destroy the pro-woman Komen foundation, but also, thousands and millions of people potentially learned for the first time that Komen doesn’t believe Planned Parenthood is an ideal provider of health care for women. So even if Planned Parenthood wins this battle (an outcome very much in doubt), I would argue they have seriously weakened themselves for the battles ahead. This will be a long fight, take the long view.
Update 2: To those who still think Komen has caved I suggest you read this.
Update 3: I’m a little late acknowledging this Instalanche due to show stuff but thanks much Glenn.