Perhaps I celebrated too soon. Planned Parenthood’s and liberal outrage at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure foundation seems to have done the trick. Twitter and Facebook blew up and so Komen caves “reversing” its decision.

“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,” a Komen statement said.

As first reported by The Associated Press on Tuesday, Komen had adopted criteria excluding Planned Parenthood from future grants for breast-cancer screenings because it was under government investigation, citing a probe launched by a Florida congressman at the urging of anti-abortion groups.

“We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political,” Komen said Friday. “That is what is right and fair.”

As a result, Komen said, “we will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants.”

First off, if Planned Parenthood is spending money on abortions that is a violation of the law (not to mention the criminal activity recent undercover videos have revealed). Secondly, I’m sure anything has changed necessarily (even the left wonders about this). If I have my information correct, Komen was going to continue to fund existing grants until they were complete. In this apology they didn’t say they were going to fund Planned Parenthood necessarily, but preserve their eligibility to apply.

We’ll have to wait and see the full effect of this decision.

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  1. Komen did not say that they would starting making donations to PP again. They said that PP can apply but nothing is guaranteed. Of course the Official Media is trumpeting this as a cave.

  2. Yeah, that’s what I’m reading from at least one liberal site.  They had come to the same conclusion as Mother Jones, that the cave wasn’t necessarily a cave.

    If it isn’t a “cave” by Komen, whether they’re trying to remain true to their prior plans or not, it comes off as coy and p.r. maneuvering.

    No matter what, Komen has stepped into a landmine of its own making.  They’ve managed to offend both sides of the ideological spectrum and many on both sides are going to be hesitant to donate to them I suspect.  The right for having their eyes opened to Komen’s money to PP and then the supposed backpedaling or not that either way makes it look like they were lying to the right.  And the left, for feeling like they were being played politically and monetarily for possible greener “right” “grass” (funds).

    I would not be surprised to hear of Karen Handel resigning or getting the boot; nor would I be surprised to hear of Komen having some serious contractions and reduction over the next year.

    The moral of the story in all of this I think is, that’s what you get when you lay with the devil and make a deal with the devil.  Komen’s alignment with PP was always going to be a Faustian bargain.  The left plays dirty and for keeps, especially when “choice” is on the line.

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