But three sources with direct knowledge of the Komen decision-making process told me that the rule was adopted in order to create an excuse to cut-off Planned Parenthood. (Komen gives out grants to roughly 2,000 organizations, and the new "no-investigations" rule applies to only one so far.) The decision to create a rule that would cut funding to Planned Parenthood, according to these sources, was driven by the organization's new senior vice-president for public policy, Karen Handel, a former gubernatorial candidate from Georgia who is staunchly anti-abortion and who has said that since she is "pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood." (The Komen grants to Planned Parenthood did not pay for abortion or contraception services, only cancer detection, according to all parties involved.) I've tried to reach Handel for comment, and will update this post if I speak with her.Komen's "top public health official, Mollie Williams," resigned over the decision. Good for her.
(Sorry for the post headline, but I woke up with that damn song stuck in my head; thankfully I've forgotten any dreams which may have been the cause.)
... Goldberg's co-blogger, the notoriously stupid Megan McArdle, says the Komen decision is no big deal:
Though I'm pro-choice, I don't share the outrage that was roiling my Twitter feed this morning. It is, as Josh Barro noted, absurd to pretend that abortion is somehow incidental to Planned Parenthood's services, and since money is fungible, giving them money is probably helping to fund abortion provision.Never mind the possibility that, on McArdle's own theory of PP's central mission, cutting funds for their cancer screenings would likely make them cease to offer cancer screenings. And then, the inane conclusion:
Unfortunately, while they easily could have declined to fund PP without much backlash, de-funding them sends an extremely explicit message that is probably going to cost them significant public support. Which is a pity, because early detection and treatment of breast cancer is a mission that we should all be able to agree on.Uh, no, evidently not.
McArdle is the main reason that, despite reading some of its blogs, I will not subscribe to the Atlantic.
... Aaaand Komen folds. For now. I would guess PP will be in for disappointment if/when it reapplies for a new grant.