UPDATE: I'm delighted with Komen's decision to reverse its grant-making policy; however, PP is not out of the woods. These recent events have helped to highlight Planned Parenthood's ongoing struggles with the anti-choice movement's influence on funding decisions, especially Congressional actions. Planned Parenthood federal funding will remain insecure so long at that movement maintains its foothold on conservative Congressional members. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said earlier this week that he wasn't concerned about the poor because the poor have a safety net. Planned Parenthood is part of that safety net and the foundation of that safety net cracks a little more each time Congress threatens PP funding. Regardless of how you feel about abortions, I urge you to keep in mind that PP offers critical, legal and life saving services to hundreds of thousands of people each year.
Pre-Komen-Reversal, I wrote:
In response to the recent decision by Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation to end its grants to Planned Parenthood, Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council said: "Susan G. Komen's decision to stop funding the abortion industry is good news for women seeking help dealing with breast cancer. "
Despite the gravity of this incredibly poor decision by the Komen Foundation, I couldn't help but a laugh a little at this ridiculous quote. Factually and logically it's wrong. So very wrong. Komen dollars never funded abortions. More importantly, I don't see how eliminating funds for breast cancer screenings to low resourced women is good news for anyone, especially women seeking help dealing with breast cancer. Yet, I'm inclined to believe this incredibly flawed logic is the main reason for Planned Parenthood's loss in critical grant funding.
Eff that. For the 2012 NYC Half, help me raise money for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America so that it can continue to save lives across the nation - which is something that any pro-life movement should want to support.