In a reversal of fortune, the Susan G Komen charity will continue to give money to Planned Parenthood. My goodness - if I were a corporate treasurer or otherwise in the public eye I would never give a dime to Planed Parenthood unless I was prepared to contribute to them forever. Obviously, they won't let donors go away quietly (SGK had been contributing to them since 2005, per the original AP story.)
SGK did a miserable job of explaining this decision. My guess is that the honest explanation would be that
- the $700,000 SGK gives to Planned Parenthood is less than 1% of their disbursements;
- Planned Parenthod takes in from the public more than twice as much as SGK each year; donors who support both causes scarcely need SGK to act as a conduit, since Planned Parenthood is well-known and easy to find;
- some potential donors to SGK are put off by the affiliation with Planned Parenthood; since this affiliation is financially irrelevant to both sides, SGK figured it could raise more money for its primary mission of cancer research by stepping back from the abortion wars.
Obviously they misunderestimated the intolerance of the left, for whom diversity of opinion is anathema.
OUR EFFETE ELITE: Business Insider presents as a glorious 'Gotcha' the news that SGK is affiliated with - brace yourselves - the handgun industry. Because women have a Constitutional right to an abortion but not to self-defense, or something.
Per Gallup, self-reported gun ownership is up up up, and 23% of women claim to personally own a gun (which includes long weapons). Gallup also reports that the notion of a handgun ban has become a punchline, except, perhaps at Business Insider.
Record-Low 26% in U.S. Favor Handgun Ban
Support for stricter gun laws in general is lowest Gallup has measured
PRINCETON, NJ -- A record-low 26% of Americans favor a legal ban on the possession of handguns in the United States other than by police and other authorized people. When Gallup first asked Americans this question in 1959, 60% favored banning handguns. But since 1975, the majority of Americans have opposed such a measure, with opposition around 70% in recent years.
THE DEFAULT IS 'DONATE': The NY Times editors explain that the neutral, default position is to donate to Planned Parenthood:
With its roster of corporate sponsors and the pink ribbons that lend a halo to almost any kind of product you can think of, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has a longstanding reputation as a staunch protector of women’s health. That reputation suffered a grievous, perhaps mortal, wound this week from the news that Komen, the world’s largest breast cancer organization, decided to betray that mission. It threw itself into the middle of one of America’s nastiest political battles, on the side of hard-right forces working to demonize Planned Parenthood and undermine women’s health and freedom.
...Companies like Ford Motor, Dell and Yoplait may not find the same value in identifying themselves with the foundation after its sharp departure from political neutrality.
Well, I am not sure the Times editors are authorities on neutrality. I guess their position is that pro-lifers who want to support breast cancer research should donate elsewhere; expecting pro-choicers who also support cancer research to write two separate checks is unreasonable.
SHOW THEM THE MONEY: SGK leaves themselves some running room in their statement:
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.
Apply for future grants? Surely Planned Parenthood is entitled to a permanent annuity!
I would tell them to apply where the sun don't... well, that's why I'm not a non-profit biggie.