Komen's wise, but sadly reversed, Planned Parenthood decision

Komen's wise, but sadly reversed, Planned Parenthood decision

February 4th, 2012 in Opinion Free Press

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, a charity that fights breast cancer, recently decided to cut off funding to America's biggest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood.

That was a commendable course of action. The foundation promotes life. Its funds shouldn't go to an organization that ends the lives of the unborn.

But under tremendous pressure from pro-abortion activists and lawmakers, Komen has unfortunately reversed its decision.

The activists and lawmakers were swift -- and badly misguided -- in their condemnation of the foundation for dropping funding to Planned Parenthood.

Some Democrat senators in Congress wrote an angry letter calling the decision a "politically motivated attack."

Getting far less attention in the news media was the fact that thousands upon thousands of people had voiced support for Komen's decision to halt Planned Parenthood's funding.

And the founder and CEO of Komen, Nancy Brinker, said that donations to the foundation rose 100 percent in the two days after Komen's funding cutoff to Planned Parenthood was reported.

Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of the pro-life group Americans United for Life, said ending Planned Parenthood's funding was a "courageous decision" -- which obviously proved true, given the furious liberal backlash against that decision.

"The work of the Komen Foundation has lifesaving potential and should not be intertwined with an industry dealing with death," Yoest said in a statement.

Sadly, that support did not prove enough.

Komen ultimately reversed its decision and will allow Planned Parenthood to remain eligible for future grants.

That may be a win for Planned Parenthood, but it is a defeat for innocent, unborn life.