The charity of pink ribbons has defunded Planned Parenthood, claiming it can’t support an organization that's under investigation.
Well, we in the old stomping grounds of former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline have news for the folks at Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Planned Parenthood is always under investigation. As long as there are politicians determined to pursue ideological agendas and score points with religious conservatives, it always will be.
Nevermind that Planned Parenthood has repeatedly been cleared of the charges thrown at it. The Komen charity appears to believe in guilt by innuendo. Either that, or the organization has succumbed to a political agenda; Karen Handel, a new senior vice president for Komen, pledged to defund Planned Parenthood during a failed run for governor of Georgia in 2010.
For five years, the Komen charity has funneled money to Planned Parenthood to screen low-income women for breast cancer. Last year it donated $680,000.
But Komen recently informed Planned Parenthood it is ending the partnership, citing new rules that prohibit the breast cancer charity from giving money to a group under local, federal or state investigation.
Republican congressman Cliff Stearns of Florida, who is convinced that Planned Parenthood uses public money for abortions, has demanded many years worth of audits and other documentation from every chapter in the nation. It's less an investigation than a fishing expedition, but apparently it's good enough for Komen.
On Wednesday, Planned Parenthood raised about half a million dollars from donors outraged by the Komen decision. Good for them. The money will enable Planned Parenthood to continue detecting cancer and saving lives.
In the end, it’s the Komen charity that will end up poorer for its decision. It is likely to see a dip in contributions, and it most certainly has forfeited a measure of respect.
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