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Planned Parenthood's Hostages
Wall Street Journal ^ | 2/6/12 | ROBERT P. GEORGE AND O. CARTER SNEAD

Posted on 02/09/2012 6:36:20 AM PST by rhema

The abortion provider uses a vast media and political network to maintain its subsidies from government and private charities.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation, an organization dedicated since 1982 to fighting, and one day curing, breast cancer, decided to extricate itself from the culture wars by discontinuing grants to Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest provider of abortions. The grants Komen had been making amounted to $650,000 last year, funding some 19 local Planned Parenthood programs that offered manual breast exams but only referrals for mammograms performed elsewhere.

The reality is that Planned Parenthood—with annual revenues exceeding $1 billion—does little in the way of screening for breast cancer. But the organization is very much in the business of selling abortions—more than 300,000 in 2010, according to Planned Parenthood. At an average cost of $500, according to various sources including Planned Parenthood's website, that translates to about $164 million of revenue per year.

So how did Planned Parenthood and its loyal allies in politics and the media react to Komen's efforts to be neutral in the controversy over abortion?

Faced with even the tiniest depletion in the massive river of funds Planned Parenthood receives yearly, the behemoth mobilized its enormous cultural, media, financial and political apparatus to attack the Komen Foundation in the press, on TV and through social media.

The organization's allies demonized the charity, attempting to depict the nation's most prominent anti-breast cancer organization as a bedfellow of religious extremists. A Facebook page was set up to "Defund the Komen Foundation." In short, Planned Parenthood took breast-cancer victims as hostages.

Komen's leaders had good reason to believe their organization could disintegrate under Planned Parenthood's assault. On Friday the charity issued a statement "apologizing to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: abortion; komen; moralabsolutes; plannedparenthood; prolife

1 posted on 02/09/2012 6:36:32 AM PST by rhema
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To: rhema

So has anyone here ever donated to Komen before? If so, will this Planned Parenthood thing change your future donations?

My wife had a Komen bumper sticker and I made her take it off her car last week!


2 posted on 02/09/2012 6:43:46 AM PST by MNDude
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To: MNDude

Pro-life and Catholic forums and email-lists have been telling people not to donate to Komen for years. I go out of my way not to buy the pink ribbon products. But it appears that this awareness was not very widespread. That’s why it is hilarious that Komen has shot itself in the foot by now making everyone on the right and left mad at them. The Leftists now know that Komen is not lockstep with their agenda, and the Right is now fully aware of Komen’s hypocrisy as well.


3 posted on 02/09/2012 6:53:59 AM PST by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: MNDude

My family has ticked off a few Komen fund raisers when we politely explained to them that because of Komen’s support of Planned Parenthood and refusal to acknowledge the abortion-breast cancer link, we wouldn’t be donating, thank you.


4 posted on 02/09/2012 6:58:16 AM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema; Graewoulf; VinceASA; Monkey Face; RIghtwardHo; pieces of time; Warthog-2; Tzar; ...
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5 posted on 02/09/2012 7:01:40 AM PST by narses
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To: Elvina
You're right. When it showed signs of moral courage, Komen did get a brief (and substantial) bump from pro-lifers, who are used to putting their money where their mouths are (unlike pro-aborts, who stridently hector government to provide taxpayer funds to keep their abortuaries solvent).

Now, the pro-aborts and pro-lifers alike don't trust Komen.

6 posted on 02/09/2012 7:02:50 AM PST by rhema ("Break the conventions; keep the commandments." -- G. K. Chesterton)
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To: rhema

7 posted on 02/09/2012 7:08:48 AM PST by Elvina (BHO is doubleplus ungood.)
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To: rhema

Yep. They are going to see their revenue drop dramatically because of their association with PP


8 posted on 02/09/2012 7:12:13 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: MNDude
So has anyone here ever donated to Komen before?

I never have, for two reasons:

I did know about the Komen/PP connection, thanks to other FReepers.

Breast cancer is over-whelmingly a disease that effects women and I believe concentrating on that one type of cancer is done to the exclusion of males and I believe that is some of the animating factor to the organization. I wouldn't donate to a charity that worked exclusively for prostate cancer either.

9 posted on 02/09/2012 7:19:06 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: South Hawthorne
I wouldn't donate to a charity that worked exclusively for prostate cancer either.

But a lot of guys WOULD! That gives me an idea. I'm going to start my own foundation dedicated to the cure for prostate cancer. I'll call it (JimRed's surname) For The Cure. I'll be the CEO/CFO and pay myself a modest salary ($199K sounds about right) and hire most of my family members. Whatever's left will go to PC research!

(Is the < /sarc > tag really necessary?)

10 posted on 02/09/2012 7:57:23 AM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: South Hawthorne

you would be surprised at the number of men who get breast cancer. My dad did and had a mastectomy and no further problems.


11 posted on 02/09/2012 9:16:37 AM PST by cotton
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To: All

Drinking 3-5 cups of green tea / day reduced breast cancer risks by 40%.


12 posted on 02/09/2012 11:33:50 AM PST by thesaleboat (Pray The Rosary Daily (Our Lady, July 13, 1917))
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To: rhema
My family has ticked off a few Komen fund raisers when we politely explained to them that because of Komen’s support of Planned Parenthood and refusal to acknowledge the abortion-breast cancer link, we wouldn’t be donating, thank you.

You are not alone. I will not support Komen because they help fund the nation's number one abortion provider.

Strike 1: They willingly support an organization whose primary goal is to kill babies.

Strike 2: They give them money for breast health when PP provides NO mammograms.

Strike 3: Komen fails to address the link between abortion and breast cancer.

You're out, Susan G. Komen. We're paying attention and you have lost your credibility.

13 posted on 02/09/2012 11:42:37 AM PST by Faith
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To: rhema
I don't think Komen was all that innocent in this. I knew about this PP connection over a year ago.

All institutions veer left, given enough time.

I think donors to Komen ought to ask for their money back.

14 posted on 02/09/2012 11:59:53 AM PST by Mamzelle
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To: cotton
you would be surprised at the number of men who get breast cancer. My dad did and had a mastectomy and no further problems.

My understanding is it's a couple of thousand a year, but because it's thought of as a "woman's disease", I wonder how many men a year delay diagnosis and treatment because they falsely believe they can't get it or because of the stigma attached to it?

15 posted on 02/09/2012 12:12:30 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: rhema

What do all those pretty pink ribbon decals, donations, and marches for the “cause” do to induce medical researchers to work harder to find cures?

And if a “cure” was discovered, would it become common knowledge, and made readily available? No.


16 posted on 02/09/2012 7:28:17 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: rhema
PP is strictly an extortionist racket. Here in Tennessee, the Shelby Co. Health Dept (Memphis) and the Davidson County Health Dept (Nashville) decided not to renew PP's grants for contracted services, and PP instantly went to the Federal Court (the FEDERAL court!) to demand that they have a RIGHT to bazillions of dollars in County funds, whether the Counties in question want to fund them or not.

"Give us money, OR ELSE!" is indeed their approach. Their swollen, turgid sense of entitlement makes Moochie look humble.

17 posted on 02/20/2012 5:47:41 AM PST by Mrs. Don-o ("God bless the child who's got his own." Arthur Herzog Jr./Billie Holiday)
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