I’m so glad I included a caveat (i.e., “for as long as they refrain from their support of the world’s abortion leader”) when I shared my cautious optimism about the recent decision by Susan G. Komen Foundation officials to stop funding Planned Parenthood. Why? Because, today, the exploiters of all things pink reversed their organization’s decision.
On my Facebook page yesterday, I posted this status update:
Since June 2007, I’ve warned my readers on at least three occasions — http://bobmccarty.com/?p=42789, http://bobmccarty.com/?p=2648 and http://bobmccarty.com/?p=849 — against donating to the Susan G. Komen Foundation because that nonprofit group was giving a portion of its money to Planned Parenthood. Today, however, I cautiously change my stance — for as long as they refrain from their support of the world’s abortion leader.
This morning, this statement from the Susan G. Komen Board of Directors and founder and CEO Nancy G. Brinker appeared on the Komen Foundation’s website:
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. The events of this week have been deeply unsettling for our supporters, partners and friends and all of us at Susan G. Komen. We have been distressed at the presumption that the changes made to our funding criteria were done for political reasons or to specifically penalize Planned Parenthood. They were not.
Our original desire was to fulfill our fiduciary duty to our donors by not funding grant applications made by organizations under investigation. We will amend the criteria to make clear that disqualifying investigations must be criminal and conclusive in nature and not political. That is what is right and fair.
Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities.
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.
Starting this afternoon, we will have calls with our network and key supporters to refocus our attention on our mission and get back to doing our work. We ask for the public’s understanding and patience as we gather our Komen affiliates from around the country to determine how to move forward in the best interests of the women and people we serve.
We extend our deepest thanks for the outpouring of support we have received from so many in the past few days and we sincerely hope that these changes will be welcomed by those who have expressed their concern.
Hmmm? No apologies to the millions killed by or otherwise impacted by abortionists. But I digress.
On the heels of this reversal, one must wonder whether or not this entire sequence of events was a premeditated ploy on the part of the pink crowd to solicit funds under false pretenses or simple a public relations campaign of the worst kind?
According to a Daily Caller report yesterday, donations to Komen increased 100 percent during the two days following the organization’s decision to cut funding to the abortion-providing organization.
Either way, I think Komen is going to have a lot of people demanding their donations be returned.