Unfortunate news over the weekend that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has backed down on their promise to cut funding to Planned Parenthood:
"Planned Parenthood supporters, including local directors within Komen's ranks, say Komen had come under pressure from anti-abortion activists. Social conservatives had lauded the move to disengage from Planned Parenthood and said it would win Komen new supporters.
"We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women's lives," Komen said in a statement on Friday signed by its board of directors and its founder Nancy Brinker...."
This is a bizarre twist in what can only paint the Komen foundation as it is, a foundation without a foundation dancing on the strings of public pressure.
The Susan G. Komen foundations decision to stop their funding of Planned Parenthood should not have been on the back of "pressure from anti-abortion activists" it should have been on moral principle. For a group that claims to celebrate "life, love and hope" refunding Planned Parenthood would cause them to be unable to live up to their slogan. Their statement released said:
"It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics - anyone's politics...."
"We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics"? Really? Planned Parenthood's policy to fund abortions is both an ethical issue and a political issue. If you wish to avoid such a controversy then you should avoid being involved in women's health. If it chooses to refund Planned Parenthood then the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation shows where they truly fall on this so-called political issue.