I have written recently that I believed that the decision to defund Planned Parenthood was motivated by politics. It appears that my belief in the politicalization of the Susan G. Komen Foundation’s grant giving is well justified. Read this from Jeffrey Goldberg writing for The Atlantic.
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.
- Susan G. Komen Official Resigned in Protest Over Planned Parenthood Cut-Off (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Susan G. Komen (ucmpublicity.wordpress.com)
- Komen Changes Reason for Planned Parenthood Cuts (newser.com)
- Candy Dish: Susan G. Komen VS Planned Parenthood (collegecandy.com)
- Shifting stories bring more woe to Susan G. Komen for the Cure (dailykos.com)
- Komen for the Cure faces backlash over cut to Planned Parenthood breast-screening grants (nj.com)
- Schakowsky: Komen Bowed To Political Pressure In Cut To Planned Parenthood (chicago.cbslocal.com)