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Susan G. Komen Puts Romney’s ‘Not Concerned About the Poor’ In Perfect Context

The decision, made in December, caused an uproar inside Komen. Three sources told me that the organization’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, resigned in protest immediately following the Komen board’s decision to cut off Planned Parenthood. ..Three sources told me the organization’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, resigned in protest immediately following the Komen board’s decision to cut off Planned Parenthood. – Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

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Warning if you watch the video above, you’ll need a seat belt to escape the spinning by Nancy Brinker, founder of Komen, who has disgraced herself through her decision to take a McCarthyite House investigation as gospel.

The Democrats and progressive advocates of Planned Parenthood act as if they’ve never heard of Sun Tsu. But every battle is won before it’s waged. That’s how this entire conversation moved right to the point where Komen feels it has cover to adopt ideology over public health priorities.

One question that remains worth asking, even if I’m the only one asking it, is why was there no outlet or relationship to tap for those inside Komen to reach out to progressive allies to prepare or fight off the defunding of Planned Parenthood? How could Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood be caught so totally flat-footed on a decision that impacted the organization so profoundly? Is it possible Richards knew it was coming and decided taking the battle on after it was decided was the only option she had? If that’s remotely possible, the left is worse than even I imagined.

But if ever two events represented the right’s relationship today with the 99% they are the dueling events of Nancy Brinker of Komen and Mitt Romney for the 1%.

Mitt Romney talked about not being concerned about the very poor, because they have a safety net.

Brinker and Susan G. Komen damaging one of those safety nets for poor women by pulling funding for Planned Parenthood reveals what a Mitt Romney presidency might mean.

Meanwhile, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave $250,000, which goes on top of the money so many are donating to Planned Parenthood since Komen flipped wingnut.

The primary function of Planned Parenthood is reproductive health care, which lives well beyond abortion, with the funds received by Susan G. Komen kept separate from abortion services, which is a fraction of what it does. Now, Megan McArdle is talking about the funds being fungible:

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.

Why is it absurd? McArdle’s lazy analysis of “probably helping to fund abortion” flippantly ignores the impact when a woman is denied any reproductive treatment she cannot afford.

The upper crust analyst class is a scourge.

It also doesn’t begin to deal with the investigative yarn being used by Komen to ostracize Planned Parenthood, which is the primary goal of the right, no matter who gets hurt. That the biggest anti Planned Parenthood contingent also absurdly believes abortion is linked to breast cancer proves how far out on the limb these people will go.

Democrats and progressives are outwitted and outgunned in this department, because they simply won’t wage the fight, always careful to appear moderate while clinging to the coveted centrism above principle or any philosophical foundation.

I’ve made it perfectly clear that I believe this event was allowed to happen through negligence and careless naivete of Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood, but also their progressive and Democratic allies. They should have seen this coming, because it’s been in the works for years.

What could they have done? State unflinchingly and unapologetically that the rights of women where our own bodies are concerned are nothing less than a basic human right. That means you fight equally on every front and don’t apologize.

However, Democrats and progressives have not only not been diligent, but they’ve become increasingly and embarrassingly meek to the point of weakness in standing on a line and refusing to compromise on a woman’s basic human right to control her own body. That’s how the right carved out an investigative position over which to wage the Komen battle.

“Our donations are up 100 percent in the past two days. With all of the emotion around these issues – which we understand, we get emotional too, we do this every single day of our lives,” Brinker said, explaining that they do not make decisions to be popular, they make them to fight cancer. – Daily Caller

You don’t “fight cancer” by cutting out cervical screenings and mamograms to women who can’t afford them.

“I’m not concerned about the very poor” is the flag under which Susan G. Komen, Mitt Romney and their conservative apologists stand.

This never would have happened if the left was as strong in refusing to compromise on human rights issues of women’s individual freedoms. Compromising this fundamental purpose is how Planned Parenthood got in this position.

You can’t carve out portions of the women’s human rights philosophy because it makes you uncomfortable or you don’t have the spine to make the argument. Well, you can, but the result is that the right beats you and the least able to fend for themselves get crushed.

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17 Responses to Susan G. Komen Puts Romney’s ‘Not Concerned About the Poor’ In Perfect Context

  1. StephenAG February 2, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Keep banging the drum, Taylor. I, for one, am grateful for the ensuing education. And as far as McMegan is concerned… Meh!

    • StephenAG February 2, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

      Geez, I just finished watching that segment… Good God Almighty, I need more than a seat belt. Dramamine is more like it!

  2. fairmindedindependent February 2, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    Taylor, you were on this from the very begining. You warned the President and then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about them giving into womens rights with the Stupak deal they made. They should have read your analysis on this along time ago. Now womens rights are more in danger than they have been in along time. The democrats help aide this with now low income women could suffer because of it. I also think Planned Parenthood should have seen this, you also warned them along time ago on this. It seems your ahead of the curve Taylor, keep up the great work !!

  3. Lake Lady February 2, 2012 at 7:44 pm #

    Mollie Williams for president! Gratifing to see someone do the right thing for the right reason. Seriously, PP should snap her right up and fire that ineffectual Cecil Richards who got zero of her mother’s DNA.

    I asked myself the same question you did Taylor, ” How could Richards and PP be caught by surprise? Are they networked at all?

    Another reason to leave the Dems…the list came out of Senators who signed a protest letter, my Senator’s name was not on the list. Even Tester was on the list. I don’t care if she is running for relection in a purple state, if you don’t stand up for your beliefs then you don’t stand for anything.

    To me one sad aspect of this whole mess is the feeling of solidarity I know many women had with Komen. I have been turned off by the  pink comsumerism for some time but many others were not and benefitted from participating in their events.

  4. ladywalker68 February 2, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    You nailed it, Taylor!

    And the hypocrisy keeps rolling in, as the Komen Foundation violates the same new policy it used to dump Planned Parenthood.…currently funds cancer research at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center to the tune of $7.5 million. Like Planned Parenthood, Penn State is currently the subject of a federal government investigation, and like the Planned Parenthood grant, the Penn State grant appears to violate a new internal rule at Komen that bans grants to organizations that are under investigation by federal, state, or local governments. But so far, only the Planned Parenthood grants appear to have been cancelled.

    The world according to the Komen Foundation:

    Providing cancer support for economically challenged women is bad. Covering up child molestations on your staff is good! In the meantime…”Please move along folks…there is nothing to see here!!!”  –Nancy Brinker:


    • Cujo359 February 3, 2012 at 2:09 am #

      Oh, that’s just a DoEd investigation! Nothing serious. [/sarcasm]

      Just on a very basic level, this shows how ridiculous SGK’s supposed policy is. Any institution the size of Penn State or Planned Parenthood could be under investigation for something that is unrelated to what the money is going to be used for (as I think it is in both cases). Neither organization is going anywhere. In contrast to ACORN, PP clearly has some powerful allies somewhere, at least when it comes to fund raising.

  5. fairmindedindependent February 2, 2012 at 8:00 pm #

    The real sad part is that politics should have never been part of a organization that is supposed to find a cure for cancer. Cancer does not discriminate, women and men, gay and straight, black, white, asian, hispanic, christian, jewish and so on, this should have never been a political issue. I don’t they PP or any other organization asks if your a republican or democrat to qualify and they shouldn’t, thats the way it should be. SGK foundation should have stayed out of politics.

  6. Joyce Arnold February 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    The consistent move to the Right has been evident for a long time now. This is, very unfortunately, just the lastest result. At least it’s getting more difficult for people to deny what’s happening. Well, for some people it’s more difficult.

  7. ladywalker68 February 2, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    DISCLAIMER: To my knowledge, this article is not actually true, but rather sarcasm…that said, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if there is some accidental truth in it:

  8. Art Pronin February 2, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    Soe good may come of this- look at the thousands of folks donating to PP is a surge-any 1st timers. PP has raised a mil in 48 hrs. That is quite something and shows that yes many americans care alot about PP and are willing to give what they have int hese times for it to live.

  9. Cujo359 February 3, 2012 at 2:20 am #

    I believe this event was allowed to happen through negligence and careless naivete of Cecile Richards and Planned Parenthood,

    I think that something that’s worth pointing out is which of these progressive political pressure groups are effective and which aren’t. From my view off in the distance, neither PP nor NARAL has done jack when it comes to reproductive rights. NOW seems to be the most vociferous advocate on this front.

    NARAL and PP both try to “work with” Democratic politicians, which works just the way it always does. Their cause gets screwed, but they don’t get blamed.

    Ineffective pressure groups need to be called out, as you’re doing Taylor. They’re a waste of money and resouirces.

  10. ladywalker68 February 3, 2012 at 6:42 am #

    Oh, gee…SKG slipped in defunding embryonic stem cell research on in back in November:

    Instead of the loud, clumsy announcement Komen made in severing ties with Planned Parenthood, this is a decision they quietly slipped in during November 2011. After all, with this new pro-life branding you would think the Susan G. Komen Foundation would want to crow about it’s policy change since embryonic stem cell research is an issue near and dear to the anti-choice crowd Komen now serves.
    Read more:

    Makes Brinker look even more the ridiculous liar than this bungled interview…

    Memo to Brinker: Take all the pink ribbons in the universe and stick them where the sun doesn’t shine.

    • Lake Lady February 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm #


  11. Ga6thDem February 3, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    The interesting thing about all this is people are finding out exactly what kind of organization Susan G. Komen is. I never knew that they didn’t actually give that much money to research. Their research numbers are worthy of  one of those boiler room operations in FL that scam the elderly out of money. Also found out that Brinker was a Bush pioneer. Hopefully all of this will expose SKG for what it really is.

  12. looloo February 3, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    Komen is now finding out what happens when you depart from the party line. “ We all suspected you were crooks and pikers. Now we know.”

    No one hates as righteously as a liberal.




    • Beth in suburban Chicago February 3, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Komen donations were up 100 percent in the first few days after the announcement. Planned Parenthood’s donations zoomed, too. A friend of mine (admittedly, very conservative and she and I simply don’t discuss abortion because I’m pro-choice and she’s not) told me this morning she gave money to Komen for the first time, because they severed the PP tie.

      Without getting into the question of whether Komen should or should not have pulled the money — why is this ONE thing negating decades of good work? Has Komen not done tons of good things in the past? Will they not in the future?

  13. spincitysd February 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    In Reversal, Komen To Continue Funding Planned Parenthood

    I wonder who got to them? Someone, or some organization, flame-sprayed Komen to flop and twitch. Pathetic response all around, Komen looks absolutely rudderless; time for some house cleaning.

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