According to the National Journal, the kerfuffle with the Susan B. Komen Foundation has turned out to be a bonanza for Planned Parenthood:
Planned Parenthood raised nearly $3 million from more than 10,000 donors over three days, following an announcement by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation that the womens’ health organization would no longer be eligible for grants. The Komen Foundation reversed its decision on Friday and said that Planned Parenthood could still get Komen funding.
“I’ve never seen anything catch fire like this,” Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards said on a Friday conference call. “Today it sends an important message about these bullying kinds of tactics. It sends a really important message that women are willing to stand up for women and women’s health.”
One can’t help but laugh out loud at Richards’ suggesting that it was Komen that was doing the bullying, rather than the hordes of liberal activists who were willing to throw breast cancer research under the bus for the sake of Planned Parenthood’s boodle. Apparently there were plenty of high-minded feminists, congress critters and others who considered the possibility that PP’s profit margin might shrink of more consequence than the lives that might be saved by women being able to actually get mammograms and other forms of care that PP doesn’t provide. So, for instance, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) said on the House floor, “I have been a big booster of the Susan G. Komen organization, but not anymore.” Heaven forbid that anyone cross Moloch.
The real question this raises for me, however, is this. As a result of this public temper tantrum thrown at a private organization (“how dare you decide how to spend your own money!”), Planned Parenthood has raised almost five times the amount of money as it was getting from Komen. That being the case, is PP going to use that money to replace what Komen would have given it, and free up the foundation to send that money to organizations that actually do stuff like mammograms?
If you don’t know the answer to that question, you haven’t been paying attention.
(Via Hot Air.)