Komen knuckles under…

to Murder Inc’s Protection Racket.


Some liberalism.

Update:  Komen may not have exactly reversed course, so now they appear to be alienating everybody. The Mafiosi at PP have demanded to extort what is, after all, free money from them, while they seem to be willing to put up with it to save face.  Rod Dreher notes, “A wise friend observes that Nancy Brinker, the Dallas socialite who founded and runs Komen, could have withstood the pressure from the media, but she folded under pressure from her social class.”  Someday, I hope it will occur to these people that an organization that uses these kinds of tactics to extract cash from their wallets is to be resisted, not caved to.

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  • Chris

    Symbolically devastating.

    How does Brinker get up the spine to cut the funding, then turn around and shed it after an interview with Andrea Mitchell, of all people? Seriously?

  • Dan F.

    St. Michael the Archangel,
    defend us in battle.
    Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
    May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
    and do thou,
    O Prince of the heavenly hosts,
    by the power of God,
    thrust into hell Satan,
    and all the evil spirits,
    who prowl about the world
    seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

    War it is.

  • rakowskidp

    Not the least bit surprising, unfortunately. PP’s supporters started threatening to investigate Komen almost immediately. And the saddest part is that PP only provides referrals, so Komen was getting ripped off (and that will apparently continue into the indefinite future).

    And this was after the outpouring of financial support of pro-lifers who were pleased with their decision. What a slap in the face.

  • R. Howell

    PP: Komen Foundation, you’re my older sister and I love you. But don’t ever take sides against the Family again. Ever.

    • Rachel K

      Comments like this make me wish Patheos had a “like” button.

  • This is why I never give money to secular “charities” of any kind.

    • rakowskidp

      Likewise. Never, ever, ever again.

      • Andrew

        I hesitate to give to many “Catholic” charities as well. USCCB campaigns have been linked to all sorts of questionable and odious organizations. Living in L.A., lord knows what the Archdiocese does with money donated for local organizations. My parish has a good outreach to the poor and homeless, that’s about as far as my money goes.

  • Chris M

    Well, my email of thanks did no good. I’ll send a follow-up letting them know I will be unable to support them until such time as they cease supporting PP. Which will do just as much good, I’m sure.

    At least I didn’t mail out the check yet.

  • Insane Sanity

    Yes, how sad and pathetic. I was on the brink of sending them a “thank you” note along with a donation. SO GLAD I did not. I will not ever support this organization that kowtows to the abortion industry and PC pressure.

  • Jude K

    I just emailed the news@komen.org site to let them know just how pathetic they are, and that the least they can do is offer to refund all donations received in the last few days.
    And I want to say that Dave is absolutely right. I no longer support secular charities, because I don’t have the time to follow the money trail.

  • victor

    At least I’m off the hook again for not donating to them when our office does it’s whole “Race for the Cure” week every year.

    James Taranto explains how what PP has done here is literally akin to a protection racket: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203889904577199110913604418.html?mod=rss_opinion_main

    And I agree with Taranto: if anything, this will convince other organizations against ever getting in bed with PP in the first place, if they know they represent the Hotel California of political advocacy groups.

  • Sandra Miesel

    I did send Komen a note of congratulation (but not money). Nevertheless, I’m not surprised that they caved. It demonstrates the raw political and cultural power that PP wields, in contrast to the cloak of media silence over the March for Life. The same power could be unleashed against corporations or other entities that decline to support PP.

    Yes, God will right all wrongs at the End of the World–but not a moment sooner.

    • Franciscan

      This is another take on what’s happening:


      It may not be quite as bad as it appears at the moment. I’m not saying it’s good, but pro-aborts may be jumping to some unjustified conclusions here.

    • kenneth

      Does anyone seriously expect in this day and age that corporations, even non-profits, make decisions out of principle? Corporations have no soul and the only circuit they have for a brain orients them toward money. Komen didn’t make their initial decision out of conscience. They did it because their instruments told them that was the path of least resistance to money. When social media told them otherwise, they made a course correction.

      I’m always amazed by people who think corporations will “do the right thing” whatever that is. These are entities WE created. We imbued them with godlike powers, full legal rights as “persons” under the law and NONE of the responsibilities of real people. Oh yeah, they have one other cute feature too: By law and design, they are pure sociopaths.

  • Andy, Bad Person

    Komen should voluntarily return every dime it’s taken in in the last 24 hours. If people want to re-donate, that’s up to them. It’s horrible to think that the goodwill of people who wanted to support yesterday’s decision is going to end up going to Murder, Inc. after all.

    Not that Komen could be accused of having any integrity left after today.

  • David

    Jill Stanek (jillstanek.com) seems to think that this was not a true cave. I guess the real question will be whether they make additional grants. Apparently, they were cutting ties because the grants were not productive as PP does not generally provide mammograms, but only referals.

    • Chris

      So in other words, they’re reserving the right to hedge, depending on the political climate.

      This isn’t a “maybe we should”/”maybe we shouldn’t” kind of decision. If it’s not an emphatic “no” to Planned Parenthood, then they are admitting there are scenarios in which they may find it favorable to grant them money.

      • Joseph

        Precisely… and that means if it’s not PP they’re funding, they wouldn’t be against funding some other morally bankrupt institutions.

  • Two silver linings: One, no one will ever be able to deny again that Komen is linked to Planned Parenthood. And two, everyone now knows that, with Planned Parenthood and its apologists, it’s all about abortion and nothing but abortion.

    “the Hotel California of political advocacy groups”

    I like that.

    • Confederate Papist

      Great points!

      Thanks for pointing that out.

      I will never support them.

  • Phil

    It is still unclear if Komen is actually changing it’s position or just changing it’t rhetoric here, but it is still disconcerting enough that I have decided against any possible donations to them.

    They seem to have bungled the p.r. aspect of it from the beginning. Theire explanations-includign today’s-have been vague and confusing. The decision seems to have both been about the investigation and the fact that PP does little more than referrals for breast cancer. Komen should have put more emphasis on that aspect of the decision-that the money could go to directly to more comprehensive providers of breast cancer care(like people who actually do mammograms!). Instead they lead the investigation aspect dominate the story.
    And what if this allegation that they “gave in to anti-abortion pressure”? Does this whole incident give life to the idea that the pro-life lobby is so powerful?
    Pro-lifers may have sent some email complaints now and then, but the pro-abort lobby has 90 % of the media going on the march for them.

  • Joseph

    Boy, oh boy was I right. Well, I’m glad I listened to the voice in my head and didn’t jump to offer an indirect donation to Planned Parenthood when the disingenuous announcement came out in the first place. Here’s to everyone who’s looking for heros in the pits of hell.

  • rakowskidp

    Of course… all that matters is power. That’s the same sort of ugly, dehumanizing reasoning used by advocates of abortion. It’s a little clump of cells/blob of tissue/product of conception, and it’s getting in my way, so I’m gonna destroy it (until I want to keep it, and then it magically becomes my baby, and thus worthy of protection).

    Will to power is ugly, ugly stuff.

  • Margaret

    Is RealityCheck/Judas/Legion back again?!??

    Get a job or something, will ya?

    • rakowskidp

      You aren’t kidding (as I type from my office computer…)!

  • Paul

    I think we (the Pro-Life side) need to be very careful in denouncing the Susan Komen Foundation.

    I know this might sound a bit of a stretch, but there is a serious codependency relationship here. PP is the abusive husband and SK is the exploited, battered woman. SK finally got up enough courage to leave, but PP pulled out all the stops and rained down a torrent of abuse.

    What person would condemn an abused women who had initially left her husband but for whatever messed up co-dependency related reason came back to him. There should be deep concern and intense prayer for that women.

    I believe this situation also calls for deep concern and intense prayer on their behalf. Calling up SK and letting them know “just how pathetic they are” isn’t very constructive. Number one, it plays into the whole ethos that Pro-life supports are a bunch of vindictive right-wingers who want to control other peoples behaviors. That’s not who we are. Number two, who is to say this is the last word on things. We need to encourge companies to leave this nasty, vindictive, beast of an organization. Think of it as sidewalk counseling for corporations.

    • Joseph

      It’s a business, bro. Bad analogy.

      • Paul

        Its a charity staffed by human beings.

        • Andy, Bad Person

          Human beings making over a half-mil a year. It’s tough to see them as victims in any sense.

  • Chris M

    you know.. except the ones chopped up in utero. Those don’t count.

    • rakowskidp

      And the ones who have difficulty conceiving after abortion… and those who suffer psychological and emotional distress for years afterward… other than that, it’s a BIG win for women’s health!

      • LOL! Wikipedia has spoken, the case is ended!

        • rakowskidp

          Seriously. Who thinks Wikipedia is objectively unbiased and entirely accurate? Anything that’s subject to editing by the general public (and how do I know that passage wasn’t inserted by Guttmacher) is inherently unreliable.

        • rakowskidp

          Dave, it looks like the indefatigable Reality Check/Judas/Porphyry/Sad/Caiaphas is back in action. Us pro-life Catholics must be an irresistable sort!

      • rakowskidp

        Yes, so wikipedia calls all the women witnessing to such distress (See: Rachel’s Vineyard and the Silent No More awareness campaign) liars. Yeah, I think I’ll trust the women themselves, thank you.

        • rakowskidp

          Right. Because Catholics have said that there are no psychological needs that require attention in cases of rape. Have fun knocking down your strawmen!

          • Ye Olde Statistician

            What part of “comfort the afflicted” is beyond your ken?

            • rakowskidp

              I hope that wasn’t directed at my comment. I fully agree, and Catholics have been providing such comfort for 2000 years.

              Mark had to delete some trollish comments and that left some of my responses as orphans.

  • rakowskidp

    And this is rich coming from one who claims to defend the dignity of women… “I don’t care what real, living, breathing, suffering women have to say. Give me a cold, clinical analysis any day!”

    You couldn’t care less about women’s rights.

  • Sometimes, when there are thousands of them, I’ll take the anecdotes.

    Now you bring up the statistically insignificant case of rape…yes, it would be traumatic, but also noble and just, to allow the child to live.

    • rakowskidp

      Not only that, but I don’t know a single pro-lifer who would refuse to assist the woman in finding counseling to assist her with the psychological distress of having been raped. It’s that old pro-choice trope that we don’t care about women or their babies after they’ve been born.

  • Annnnnd….there goes MM/Porphry/Judas/RC…again!

  • Confederate Papist

    Mark must have scrubbed the comments because y’all’s comments are not making much sense.

    • Mark Shea

      Yep. Not interested in a troll feeding frenzy.

    • Yeah, our comments were “orphaned” from their original context within the masterdebator’s ravings.

    • rakowskidp

      Yep. I promise to avoid the temptation to respond. My sincerest apologies, Mark!

    • Rachel K

      Oh, thank goodness. I know some people find it fun when trolls attack, but for me it’s just an occasion of sin. I start seeing red, and it ruins perfectly good combox conversations.

  • Unfortunate but not surprising considering the thug tactics of the militant feminists. Anyone who even thought of defending Komen’s original decision to defund PP got nothing but vitriol from these people: http://ohnimus.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/komen-caves-to-political-thuggery/

  • Kirt Higdon

    I sent a thank you email yesterday, but no money. I still feel like I was suckered. Should have held off not for one more day, but for a month or two to see if Komen had the fortitude to ride out the storm.

  • Manwe

    I checked out Dreher’s post and took a look at the comments, good god! Does the left spend all it’s day ranting on blogs they don’t like?

  • frenchcookingmama

    Well, that was a waste of $5.

    Guess I won’t be running the Race either.

    Sad that they caved for all the wrong reasons.

    • Tim

      It seems like Komen didn’t change its position, just offered an apology and clarification that it will consider future PP grant applications (it didn’t promise any future funding).

      Komen might still not give Planned Parenthood money if PP doesn’t offer tests and exams. Though time will tell.

  • HokiePundit

    I do think the “battered woman” analogy is on to something. Komen isn’t a Catholic organization; it’s a secular organization that, from what I hear, is legitimately trying to do a good thing in fighting breast cancer. I disagree with their decision to fund Planned Parenthood, but you can see their thought process and how it would seem like a good opportunity for them to get more people screened.

    We don’t know that the defunding was about abortion. Maybe it was, but their claim was that it was about PP being under investigation. It seems just as likely that they figured PP was inefficient. As a charity, they probably figured this was a way to not rock the boat and simply miscalculated. This most recent statement may basically be a way of letting the initial outrage pass over them: they fulfill their current grants, but quietly do not renew them. It’s a lot harder for PP to stir anger over not getting new grants than over losing current ones. If so, then they’re just trying to muddle through in a situation where they’re not positive what’s right and deserve our prayers.

    It may also be that they caved because they couldn’t take the heat, or that they cared more about what the “elites” think about them. Time will tell.