February 03, 2012

Did #Komen "cave"? Maybe not

Everybody is talking about how the Susan G. Komen Foundation "caved" to public pressure over cutting off grants to Planned Parenthood because they're  under federal investigation. But, if you read the fine print in this story, there may not be much "cave." Komen simply says no current grants will be terminated, and Planned Parenthood will remain eligible for future grants. There's no guarantee that Planned Parenthood's applications will get any sort of favorable review, though:
We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities. 

It is our hope and we believe it is time for everyone involved to pause, slow down and reflect on how grants can most effectively and directly be administered without controversies that hurt the cause of women. We urge everyone who has participated in this conversation across the country over the last few days to help us move past this issue. We do not want our mission marred or affected by politics - anyone's politics. 
What you have is a mix of boilerplate PR and a "STFU you agitators" comment inside a velvet glove. Don't be fooled. At all.

Komen's new pink handgun for breast cancer awareness is another reason to think its new, wingnut VP and leadership haven't "caved" on anything.

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